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So, what options do the Lakers have, if they wanted to get out of Deng’s contract? The answers aren’t entirely clear with the NBA and the NBA Players Union working to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). A new deal, which would start next season, could change some of the rules that might pertain to Deng. If the new deal includes a one-time amnesty provision, the Lakers would be able to waive Deng outright. The team would still owe him $54 million, but that money would come entirely off their salary cap. Another option, assuming there’s a reasonable chance the CBA doesn’t include such a provision, is waiving and stretching Deng’s salary over seven years, which would cost the Lakers $7.7 million a season.