Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
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.
If Thibodeau was open to a reunion with Deng, perhaps he’d be willing to give up a player like Shabazz Muhammad, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. To match salaries, the ‘Wolves would need to send the Lakers a player like Nikola Pekovic, who is out for the season with an ankle injury.
In his early teen years, DeRozan began studying every Bryant move. At age 16, he met Bryant at a summer run at Loyola Marymount, and Bryant quickly took to him, offering his brand of vicious advice when they’d see each other. DeRozan swallowed it whole. “Kobe had an aura around him when he was on the court; he intimidated all of us. I was inside a video game,” DeRozan said. “I’d watched him growing up. I watched Kobe do everything. His shot. His footwork. How he works in the post. Everything growing up was Kobe. I tried to emulate the tough shots he took, his pump fake. There’s nothing you can show me that Kobe has done on a court that I don’t know about or have tried. I practice almost all of them.”