by Ben Osborne

Whether he opts out of his contract or not, the L.A. Times says your Finals MVP will be back in the purple and gold:

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said Friday. “I know I ain’t going nowhere. It just wastes our breath just talking about it. Let’s talk about Trevor and Lamar and the importance of bringing them back.”

Incidentally, those two are saying the right things about coming back. Phil, too. Not sure how excited the Buss Family will be to pay all these guys, but if they do all come back the Lakers will have every reason to make their third straight Finals trip.