The Lakers cleared the decks. They have deleted any player from the list they do not consider central to their next championship boost. It turns out that the list of remaining players is incredibly small and remarkably expensive, and the Lakers very much hope that the list will see tremendous price increases before the margins are filled, while growing at exactly one in the population.
Thursday's message was Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka delivers in exchange for the former first round goal Mo Wagner, the former second round goal Isaac Bonga and the developing league active Jemerrio Jones along with a future second round goal to the Washington Wizards for cash. Wagner, Bonga and Jones were the last three players on the Lakers squad, along with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma, and they were traded away to provide the Lakers with enough salary caps for the recruitment of Kawhi Leonard Square also required that Davis resign renounced a $ 4.1 million trade kicker, which he reportedly did (19459007). Incidentally, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported on Thursday that the Lakers are one of the few teams to be given a meeting with Kawhi this summer.
The Lakers are not necessarily ready to spend the money A free agent at the highest level. Depending on what happens to Leonard, they might spend the next month buying up useful role-players and filling their bank with credible spin-doers. Or, because they are generally led with more than a little stupidity, they could spend that cap room on another ill-fitting parade of clowns, as they did last summer. But without losing enough salary to pay a maximum salary in the free agency, as they have done now, they would not have a chance to strike if, for example, the reigning final of the MVP shows interest in joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis in absolute terms Monster of a super team.
Before you get too excited about the astuteness of rooting your squad down to the rivets to try and limit all your salary to four players, remember that Wagner, Bonga and Jones are by no means a good reason to rule out the possibility of including Leonard in the free agency. And before you get too excited about the astuteness of spending all your four-player salary caps, remember that the Lakers hoping player made a champion's team out of eternal disappointment in one season and the team, that they defeated in the final, they did it primarily because they survived with four star players the loss of one of the two or three best basketball players in the world and still raging over the best teams at their brutal conference.
It took a lot demolition until the Lakers came here, and everything could explode very easily. The last time the Lakers put together a super team, Dwight Howard turned into a pouting teenager, Steve Nash into a mummy, Kobe Bryant's Achilles tendon became kerpow in a few minutes, Jodie Meeks finished fourth in the team, and it all fell apart Only one season. But if this past season has proven anything, it is because you are worried about what happens after you acquire Kawhi Leonard after purchasing Kawhi Leonard . And besides, the Lakers now have enough money to buy J.R. Give Smith a maximum contract, even if they do not land Leonard. Really a win-win scenario.