The NBA’s trading deadline is later this month. As the NBA defending champion, the Lakers seem ready to compete for the title again this year. Therefore, it is unlikely that there will be a big move.But to see the flexibility of the roster, here OC register:
Due to the structure of the Montrezl Harrell and Wesley Matthews off-season contract, the Lakers have a strict cap and cannot pay more than $ 138.9 million. They are currently $ 3.1 million under that number, not much with NBA money. That’s even less, given that the Lakers have exceeded the salary cap threshold ($ 109.1 million) and can only add a minimum veteran contract.
These are many jargons, but the practical meaning is that the Lakers can’t add someone who can’t pay the minimum veteran deal amount (currently less than $ 1 million) for proportional distribution. It may hurt them in looking for candidates in the buyout market: free agents must be motivated to sign them to win the ring.
Hard caps also mean that the Lakers have a lot of trouble getting paid. Two roster spots are available, but no matter what, they should be below $ 138.9 million. In short, there are few alternative ways to exchange for a player who has a contract that is larger than the salary you send (usually you can afford it). .. Many of the Lakers’ best trade pieces are unpaid, such as Alex Caruso ($ 2.7 million) and Talen Horton-Tucker ($ 1.5 million).
The Lakers have been the NBA’s top-ranked defensive team so far this season. They can use another player who can provide an aggressive punch.
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