That is not the original intention of the master. Even after the shortest offseason in NBA history and the serious injuries of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who broke the team’s regular season record, the Los Angeles Lakers still hope to have a winning streak in the playoffs. Seventh seeds, they are the second consecutive favorites in the Western Conference to reach the NBA finals; instead, they returned home after losing to the Phoenix Suns in the first round.
And may hope to stand up again next season, Rob Pelinka will focus on roster reorganization, and this summer will release several names including Dennis Schroeder, Alex Caruso and Andre Drummond. Players. Yes, your two players, James and Davis, have at least a contract for the 2022-2023 season (Davis may reach the 2024-2025 season).
However, in addition to this excellent duo, the Lakers only have three players with guaranteed contracts next seasons: Kyle Kuzma, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope and Mark Gasol. According to Montrez Harrell’s $9.7 million player option, the Lakers may become a free agent for nine players during the offseason. Unlike in 2019, even after the Davis trade, LA still has $35 million available as a free agent.
If the Lakers only have five players with guaranteed trades, they are already challenging the upper limit. They can return their free agent combinations, including Schroder, Caruso, and/or Talen Horton-Tucker, but they have to pay high luxury taxes. The largest mid-range exception is $9.5 million.
The $91 million luxury tax bill will be the largest in league history, with the Lakers investing a quarter of the $1 billion in 2021-2022. The opportunity to obtain high-paying players and retain their own players Since 2019, as part of the signing and exchange agreement, 16 players have changed teams, including Christian Wood of Houston last offseason.