The biggest NBA news of the weekend was the Los Angeles Lakers’ trade for New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. LeBron James got his man.
It came at a big price though. The Lakers had to give up three players, plus three first-round picks. Additionally, there could be free agency ramifications from this trade
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks, the AD-to-LA deal is expected to be completed on July 6. That’s an important detail for financial reasons.
As Woj explains, had the two teams waited until July 30 finalize the move, the Lakers would have had over $32 million in cap space. That’s enough to sign another max-level player, say Kemba Walker for example.
However, if the deal is completed on July 6, they will likely only have a shade under $24 million.
If Pelicans and Lakers waited until July 30 to complete trade, Lakers could’ve had $32.5M in cap space — enough to pursue a max level free agent. By waiting 30 days, Lakers would be acting like a team over the cap and thus allowed to use 4th overall pick in draft as salary. https://t.co/BdKtxFtvai
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2019
We’ll have to see if anything changes on this front, or the Lakers find another way to free up some salary in order to pursue another max player.
NBA free agency is set to begin on July 1.