Salary cap Rumors
The first option for the seven-time NBA champion is Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors whom the Lakers failed to acquire before the trade deadline this past season. “It’s going to be hard because of that salary cap for them to get a veteran guard,” Horry said on ESPN’s The Jump. “You talk about CP3, I don’t think he’ going to give up all that money to go to the Lakers. And you talk about Westbrook. It’s too much money. “You got to think about. The Lakers aren’t going to do that. If you’re going to look for a guard, you got to go with someone like Kyle Lowry. I know they didn’t get him in the trade but maybe you can sweet talk him and say ‘Yo man, we can give you whatever we can, come play for us, let’s win a championship. You only got one, dog. One ring don’t really count anybody, you gotta get two or more so come play with us with the Lakers.’
Nets Daily: One question Bobby Marks asks: “would Brooklyn consider Kuzma and the No. 22 pick in this month’s draft to help facilitate a Dinwiddie sign-and-trade? The $13 million Kuzma contract would add to the Nets’ substantial luxury tax bill.” But also notes an S&T would hard-cap Lakers.
Keith Smith: Per a league source, here are the updated expiration dates for the Traded Player Exceptions the Boston Celtics created in the last year: G. Hayward – $11.0M – 8/16/21 K. Walker – $6.9M – 5/17/22 D. Theis – $5.0M – 2/11/22 E. Kanter – $4.7M – 8/2/21
Keith Smith: Per a league source, here are adjusted expiration dates for large TPEs created last off-season: J. Grant DEN – $5.3M – 8/6/21 S. Adams OKC – $27.5M – 8/9/21 D. Gallinari OKC – $10.1M – 8/9/21 A. Horford PHI – $8.2M – 9/7/21 E. Davis UTA – $5.0M – 8/6/21 Updates soon on @spotrac!
And the Nets could engage in sign-and-trade talks using Spencer Dinwiddie. Reportedly, the Nets were engaged in talks at the deadline with the Warriors that would have sent the point guard to Golden State for Kelly Oubre and to Los Angeles and the Lakers for Kyle Kuzma. Per Bobby Marks in an ESPN+ analysis Sunday morning… A sign-and-trade deal with a team that doesn’t have significant cap space is an option, but that would require Brooklyn to take back salary in the trade, adding to an already high luxury tax bill. Brooklyn has a projected $53.4 million tax bill and would see that number double if the Nets took back $12 million in salary.
If the Heat declines Dragic’s option for next season, he will become an unrestricted free agent but Miami will still retain his Bird rights and can exceed the salary cap to re-sign him up to his maximum salary. This would probably only be done by the Heat to bring back Dragic at a lower salary than the $19.4 million option in his contract. “At times, it haunts me. I don’t know, I see the Lakers and I just remember,” Dragic said of injuring his foot early in last year’s championship series as the Heat fell two wins short of a title. “It’s one of those situations that it’s still painful. But it is what it is. I accepted it. I dealt with it. It’s in the past, so let’s move on.”
“Jeanie [Buss] and the ownership group has empowered the front office to do one thing and that’s to smartly build a roster to win championships,” he said. “I think next year, of course, hopefully, with all of our fans being able to come back and be a part of the building, we owe them the work to start the process of retooling and have a championship-caliber team that can do special things next year. That’s the driving passion and there’s alignment there between Jeanie, the front office, the coaches. That will always be the goal.”