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Adrian Wojnarowski: After Lakers release, rookie Elias Harris has agreed to deal with Euroleague’s Bamberg in Germany, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Last week, the Lakers cut rookie forward Elias Harris, reducing the team’s roster to 14 players. Undrafted out of Gonzaga, Harris was on a rookie minimum salary of $490,180, of which $100,000 was guaranteed. In two appearances, for a total of just under six minutes, Harris wasn’t able to notch a single point. The Lakes made sure to cut him before he earned more than this guarantee, reducing the team’s total payroll from $79,186,502 to $78,796,322. Though the salary difference was “just” $390,180, the Lakers saved an additional $682,815 in luxury-tax penalties. Waiving Harris saved the Lakers a total of almost $1.1 million.
Eric Pincus: Lakers had guaranteed $100k of Harris’ salary – that was all but used up – thus timing on waiver – unlikely indicating another move coming
Mike Bresnahan: D’Antoni said he hated that Elias Harris got cut. Monetary reasons figured into it somewhat. Lakers = no plans to add anybody.
Elias Harris: I’m thankful for what I was able to experience. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. I will be back! #nosetothegrindstone #stayhungry
According to Coon, if the Lakers remove Harris and Nash from the roster, they will have $28.46 million in cap space. This would allow them to sign Anthony to a max contract (4 years, $96 million) and add a free agent at approximately the mid-level amount, per Coon. They may also be able to use the room mid-level exception ($2.7 million) to sign another player.