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A 12 months of hypothesis reached the end line this week when the Los Angeles Lakers and Luol Deng agreed to a buyout, making the veteran ahead a free agent. The Lakers parted with Deng by way of the NBA’s stretch provision.


By ready till Sept. 1 to make the transfer formal, the Lakers dedicated to paying Deng his complete wage for the 2018-19 season. In the meantime, the ultimate 12 months of his four-year, $72 million contract will probably be stretched over the following three summers.

The savviness of the Lakers entrance workplace to carry off on making such a transfer with Deng has put them in place to signal a participant to a max contract throughout 2019 NBA free company. Within the interim, it has additionally created an open spot on the lively roster.

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Talking on the “Night with the Lakers” occasion at UCLA Well being Coaching Middle, normal supervisor Rob Pelinka defined why the staff isn’t in a rush to fill the emptiness, by way of ESPN L.A. Radio:

“I feel flexibility is absolutely vital. We’re deep already going into camp. What a roster spot does, simply to form of educate the viewers, is it helps in a commerce. So if you wish to commerce one participant out and produce two again on the similar wage, that offers you flexibility within the commerce market. After which it additionally helps you if there’s an damage and a sure place goes down, you have to fill the necessity. So it does give us flexibility. I feel as of now, Magic’s lean is to maintain it open, keep versatile, as a result of we’re so deep.”

Pelinka is right in that the Lakers definitely don’t lack for choices throughout their roster. If there may be one space that might be addressed, it’s at middle. Nonetheless, there aren’t many fascinating choices and that want could also be mitigated if the staff carries ahead with using a small lineup.

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Trying additional down the road, having an open roster spot may be an element if the Lakers are to pursue a possible Kawhi Leonard commerce. Being that he’s within the remaining 12 months of his contract, there’s some perception the Toronto Raptors would look to commerce Leonard earlier than the deadline if their season isn’t panning out.

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