that's true, but I think its a little different when ur trying to get rid of a player than when you're going after one because you're probably gonna get rid of the player regardless whereas if the price is too high for a player you want, you just look somewhere else.
At the same token, Memphis has hinted getting rid of gay for a long time now but seemed much less desperate than BC does now. I would argue that we controlled those negotiations pretty well considering what we gave up to get Gay
But LA hardly has much leverage. They are looking at a $170M payroll next season with taxes factored in for a team that has as much cohesiveness as Guns and Roses use to (ie. none).