Lakers seek salary-cap space to add 3rd star

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

ESPN's journalist and insider Damon Jones reported on "Get Up" this Monday that Kawhi Leonard moving to the Lakers remains a strong possibility.

There is also no need to worry about the future because, with Davis, the Lakers have a star in the middle of his prime that nearly every player in the league will want to play with.

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Couple that with the fact that Davis has a history of injuries - he's played over 70 games just twice seven years - and that LeBron James will be entering his 16th season and it's worrisome that the Lakers could gamble on their health.

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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.

It sounds like the Lakers are aiming to use all of their remaining cap space on one of the best free agents available.

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Zion Williamson, Barrett's running mate at Duke, is expected to be the No.1 overall pick in the draft.

Ever since the Knicks secured the 3rd overall pick, the consensus choice for NY has been R.J. Barrett out of Duke University.

"The reality is, Kawhi Leonard is focused on Los Angeles".

Draft rights, as defined in Article X of the NBA's CBA, give a team the exclusive right to negotiate with and sign its draft pick for a year if the player is a non-early entry player.

The Lakers also managed to keep forward Kyle Kuzma, one of the players mentioned earlier in a possible deal. If a teams fails to make a required tender by that date or withdraws the offer, the player immediately becomes a rookie free agent and is free to sign with any team in the National Basketball Association.

If the drafted player is an early entry player, things are a little more complex.

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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