April 21, 1999 12:00 AM

Dennis Rodman hasn’t even signed with the Los Angeles Lakers (as is anticipated) and already he’s providing a distraction. Sources have told the Los Angeles Times that Rodman scheduled a meeting with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, indicating that he wanted to scoop his own agents and work out a deal for himself. The latest Rodman soap opera has been such a preoccupation within the Lakers organization that coach Del Harris has asked Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the players not to talk about it in public anymore.

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