Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kyrie Irving to join Lakers after Anthony Davis

Kyrie Irving to join Lakers after Anthony Davis

With Anthony Davis imminently headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple teams will now have to alter plans heading into the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

Apparently, the Lakers front office wasn't really thinking about cap space when they made the trade for Davis over the weekend.

With all that going on, free agency rumors, trade demands and agreed-upon-trades are also starting to hit the newswire, with Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz leading the charge on Wednesday with the seismic Anthony Davis trade now a few days old.

Los Angeles could have less cap space to pursue a third star to pair with Davis and LeBron James because of the way it handled the transaction, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said during an appearance Wednesday on "The Jump."

With the later trade, the Lakers could use about $33 million of cap room then execute the deal with Davis getting his full $4,063,953 trade bonus.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are doing just that and looking to trade Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones, and Isaac Bonga.

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If the Lakers do ultimately sign someone like Kemba Walker or Jimmy Butler, though, they won't have the cap flexibility to fill out the rest of their roster with much more than players on veteran's minimum contracts. Caruso and Jones would slightly eat into the Lakers' ability to pay a second-tier max, but not significantly.

Just to put that into perspective, the Los Angeles Lakers would have three players on the roster if they did that. If they have positive value, the Lakers are surrendering even more in this trade.

Despite the plan being all laid out, there is still no guarantee the Lakers will be able to successfully to expand the trade and make this happen.

We all knew that the Los Angeles Lakers would not be done after this trade.

It was a shock to the basketball world less than a year ago when LeBron James said he was going to play on the west coast for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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