Since then, much of the attention has been on general manager Rob Pelinka and the Lakers potentially overlooking the timing of the Davis trade on July 6.
With the Lakers only having $23.7 million in cap space, it required two steps to create a max-contract slot of $32.5 million. First, they traded Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second round pick to the Washington Wizards.
And second, Davis waived his $4 million trade kicker to officially maintain the max-contract slot heading into free agency, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Here is more from Los Angeles:
- LeBron James is reportedly ‘gifting’ his No. 23 jersey to his newest teammate for the 2019-20 NBA season and beyond, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
- Kawhi Leonard reportedly ‘intends’ to grant the Lakers a meeting in Los Angeles when free agency begins on June 30, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
- Talen Horton-Tucker headlines the 2019 Summer League roster at the California Classic and Las Vegas Summer League beginning on July 1, according to Lakers.
- Lakers reportedly are interested in D’Angelo Russell due to ‘familiarity’ with him as the No. 2 pick in 2015 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
- Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trail Blazers reportedly are among teams interested in Enes Kanter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.