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

Lakers seek salary-cap space to add 3rd star

Lakers seek salary-cap space to add 3rd star

Wagner, the No. 25 pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft, probably has the most value of the three players. The problem for the Lakers is that between a July 6 trade date and Davis' trade kicker, they would only have around $23.8 million in cap space based on their current roster commitments.

The official parameters of the trade were that the Lakers receive Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first round picks, and the right to exchange picks in two other drafts with New Orleans. Brooklyn and Atlanta agreed to the first big deal of the offseason earlier this month involving draft picks and a major salary dump for the Nets so they can sign free agents to max contracts.

It requires buy-in from several parties, including the Pelicans, a third team, and the player that would be sign-and-traded.

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There is no clear victor or loser of this trade, but considering James' career is coming to a close in the next few years and Davis' desire to leave New Orleans, both teams got what they needed right now. However, The Athletic reports that Irving is still in play for the Lakers.

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The order in which the trade and free agent signings take place could end up being the deciding factor for the Lakers' efforts. Those players are under contract for a total of around $5 million next season.

If the Lakers include Wagner ($2.1 million), Bonga, and Jones ($1.4 million each), the Lakers would get to $22.8 million in outgoing salaries, which is enough to match salaries for Davis' $27.1 million while over the cap.

"In a scenario where the Lakers get Davis to agree and find a taker for each of the three aforementioned players as part of a larger AD deal, Los Angeles would be looking at roughly $32MM in cap space", Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors relayed. L.A. has to decide if that money should go to one All-Star-caliber player or be split among a few lesser players.

The 2019 NBA Draft is now just one day away, which means it's time for teams to start finalizing their draft boards.

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