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NBA Insider Has New Update On Lakers-Pelicans Trade

jeanie buss speaks to kobe bryant during ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Jeanie Buss speaks to Kobe Bryant at Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans made the deal of the offseason in the NBA last weekend when LA acquired star center Anthony Davis from New Orleans. As of tonight, the deal remains on track to be completed on July 6.

If that happens, as expected, it leaves the Lakers without enough cap space to sign another max-level player. They would need the trade to be pushed back until July 30 to gain that space.

That isn't going to happen, The Athletic's Sam Amick reiterated today, shortly after the Pelicans traded the pick they acquired from the Lakers (No. 4 overall) to the Atlanta Hawks.

With the AD trade set to be finalized on July 6, the Lakers will have to get creative and shed salary in order to get the $32 million necessary to add another max salary. It looks like they will have a shot to do that, if they can work out a deal with the Hawks, who are now the third team roped into the deal.

According to reports, the Lakers can and will offer the contracts of Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga in order to create cap room.

It looks like Atlanta will be the team that takes at least one of them on.