In response to hops29's comment:
If the lakers want him they will get him unfortunately. They are not afraid to pay to put together a contender, unlike the celts brass.
Last year: Lakers player payroll=$101mil
Celtics player payroll=$78mil
Obviously it doesn't always translate (eat it LA), but which team is more dedicated to winning?
the salary cap is also a factor. decisions that are made this year will affect us 2-3 years from now. have the lakers been smarter? maybe. but it's not just about which ownership is being cheap.