The Los Angeles Lakers may not add a third star to work alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis after all, according to the latest intel from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Appearing with Keith Olbermann on SportsCenter earlier tonight, Wojnarowski indicated that the New Orleans Pelicans are determined to have the Davis trade finalized on July 6 when the league’s free agent moratorium ends. That means the Lakers aren’t going to have enough salary to sign a max contract player.
The Lakers would need around $32 million available to sign a max-level player, which they won’t have unless the Davis trade is finalized on July 30. With the exchange ratified on July 6, that leaves LA with almost $10 million less than that.
“Right now, it looks like they would probably want to break up that 23, 24 million to bring in multiple players. Given how barren the rest of their roster is right now, they don’t even have a starting five. That’s probably the better route for the Lakers to go,” Wojnarowski said tonight.
You can hear Wojnarowski’s full comments, including an update on the Boston Celtics’ plans, by listening to the video below.
Of course, we’ve seen how fluid these types of things can be. Maybe the Lakers luck out and the Pelicans wait it out until the end of July.
If not, they will have to resort to savvy, not splashy acquisitions to cap off the offseason.