Lakers get stronger; can rest of West keep up?

The first three dominoes have fallen, and Jason Kidd appears to be leaning. Insider has the full free-agent roundup.

Updated: July 16, 2003, 9:55 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Also see: Rumors: A Kidd for Parker swap?

How good is LeBron James? Consider that on a night when one of the biggest free-agent decisions in recent history went down -- Gary Payton (and soon Karl Malone) to the Lakers -- it was an 18-year-old rookie making his summer league debut that stole the headlines.

Ironically, both Payton and James are Aaron Goodwin's clients.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer