If there's going to be any internal pressure between the owners, it will be between the guys who need a deal now and the guys who are willing to wait to ensure a better economic future.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss needs his team to play this year. He's one of the few owners in all of sports whose only business is the team and he relies on that cash flow. After making the finals three out of the last four years and winning twice, the clock is ticking to cash in. Star player Kobe Bryant is 33 and father time isn't on his side.
Pictured: Left, Lakers head coach Mike Brown. Right, team owner Jerry Buss.