Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lakers never brought up waiving trade bonus with Anthony Davis

Lakers never brought up waiving trade bonus with Anthony Davis

National Basketball Association free agency is second to none.

The trade of Anthony Davis is being described as a move with strong, short term intentions- the Lakers have swapped their future for a solid go at the National Basketball Association title in the next few years.

"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.

Kyrie Irving wishes to play alongside Anthony Davis, and now that Davis has moved to the Lakers, it makes sense for Irving to follow his path as well. "The way it's been described to me is the Lakers called back (after the initial deal) about this".

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And, though he is yet to commit his future to a club, Gullit is hopeful the Holland worldwide will make the right decision. PSG remains the favourite to sign the centre-back, who will not make a final decision until he returns from holiday.

"Lakers offering contracts of Mo Wagner/Jemerrio Jones/Isaac Bonga to additional teams, so LA can satisfy CBA rules on creating $32M in space", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Assuming that's the case, the Lakers will have $23.7 million in cap space, which is not enough for a max deal.

Most assumed the Lakers would use the pick in a trade, but there was always the possibility they could choose to keep the pick and add another intriguing young player such as Darius Garland, Jarrett Culver, or DeAndre Hunter.

Los Angeles is reportedly aggressively pursuing second round picks, too. That includes the No. 4 overall in Thursday's draft. Garland and his agent, Rich Paul, lifted the smoke screen this week, however, as the guard granted private workouts to both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers in L.A., sources told ESPN. Those picks will offer two important things for LA: acquisition of low-cost labor and ability to exceed the salary cap with those minimum contracts.

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