Despite that, ESPN analyst and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins is confident that the Lakers will make that move during the offseason, via the “Sedano and LZ” show: “To be honest, I think the Lakers are going to lose Rondo. I really do. I think the Lakers are going to land Chris Paul, I think Rondo is going to be with the Clippers and I think y’all gonna lose Playoff Rondo. That’s the guy I think y’all are going to lose. … We all know how great of friends LeBron James and Chris Paul are. Chris Paul has been on record this offseason saying that his destinations are the Lakers in L.A. or with New York. And I think he’s going to be a Laker. I’m telling you. I can see it happening right now, with him and Sam Presti possibly coming up with a buyout if they can’t come together and get a trade done. I’m like 85% sure Chris Paul will be a Laker next year.”
Your thoughts on general manager Mitch Kupchak’s mindset regarding Batum’s expiring contract? — @rockdobbster on Twitter. Rick Bonnell: Of the three possibilities — Batum is traded, Batum does a buyout to be released or Batum is here through the end of the 2020-21 season — I still think the most likely outcome is Nic finishing out the contract here.
“We’re in limbo because the dates no longer match the NBA’s schedule,” one agent said. “It seems like the NBA doesn’t understand that moving free agency by several months will prevent most overseas players from coming over to the NBA because their contract only allows them to exercise their buyout clause in July.” Also, some NBA-buyout clauses “are based on a certain number of days after the team’s last game,” according to another agent. These could present some unique challenges as well.
Jeff Siegel: Buyout numbers: Jordan McRae gave back 390,424 to secure his release from Denver. Allen Crabbe gave back 681,544 in his buyout with Minnesota. Anthony Tolliver’s cap hit dropped by 91,557 on Sacramento’s books, but the exact details of his buyout are still murky.
Dane Moore: The Timberwolves both bought out *and* waived Allen Crabbe, according to a source. @Darren Wolfson reports the buyout portion was for $750k. There are some moving pieces — including incentives in James Johnson’s contract — that will determine if Minnesota pays the luxury tax.
Darren Wolfson: Buzz is Crabbe gave back $750K to escape the #Twolves. … A buyout of Evan Turner came close, but didn’t happen w/ yesterday the deadline to be bought out and be eligible for the playoffs. However, he’d still like to play. Just unlikely for that to be w/ #Timberwolves right now.