Lakers Never Broached Trade Execution Timing With Pelicans During Negotiations

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

The Lakers are pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, understanding they need avenues to acquire low-priced talent and contracts that will count only as minimum salaries against the cap, league sources said. However, because of Davis' trade kicker, the Lakers will not have enough space for a third max guy but can still afford to fill out the depth of the roster.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended the speculation that had been building since the trade deadline and traded for former New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. The Lakers must guarantee his salary for them to include it for salary-matching.

The Lakers are already set to have $32.5 million in cap space this summer. It didn't cost them scoring forward Kyle Kuzma to do so.

If not, the Lakers can still get the trade done after signing free agents, but some combination of Alex Caruso (via sign and trade), Jemerrio Jones (non-guaranteed contract), Bonga and/or Wagner would need to be included. The Lakers' second-round pick (No. 41 overall) belongs to the Hawks. However, The Athletic reports that Irving is still in play for the Lakers.

Truth be told, the decision could be made for them.

By making the trade then rather than July 30, the earliest the No. 4 pick could be traded as a signed player, the Lakers lose significant cap space.

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In 2011, in Germany, England beat Japan in the final match of the group stage, but Japan went on to win the tournament. We were on top of the game, but these things happen. 'My emotions - I need to spend a bit of time with the players.

History has shown that, usually, the team that gets the best player or superstar is the team that ends up winning mega-deals like this one long term.

He pulled off a major trade for the Lakers, and just congratulations to him.

If this was really their plan, they want to have a third star, this should have been central to the conversations with the Pelicans.

The Lakers have plenty of time to make all this work, and there are many other creative ways for the Lakers to make all this work.

Look at what other third stars did in their first season playing alongside LeBron James and another All-Star: Chris Bosh averaged 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his first season in Miami and Kevin Love averaged 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first season in Cleveland.

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