Originally Posted by tamaraw08
First steps in building a contender is to have enough cap space to get 2 dominant players from free agency then surround them with 4-6 solid role players. Lakers were able to get Ingram, 3 really good sophomores and hopefully the current rookies will develop.
I don't think Magic and Rob can bear with the possibility of them not being able to find a team that will take Deng's contract.
I can't see any other teams really being desperate enough to absorb Deng's contract.
That's fair. Hopefully the $5 mill for next 3yrs after beyond next summer won't be an impediment.
Salary cap is expected to rise further so we should be okay:
Among the most interesting numbers in the memo were the projections for the 2019-20 cap, which is up to $109 million, and then 2020-21, which is up to $116 million. The minimum team salary for the 2018-19 season is $91.68 million.
So the $5mill should be offset by the increases in cap each season. Ultimately, it's better to get rid of Deng now than let him eat a roster slot for this and next year. If we can't move him then we become stuck with his $18mill for all of 2019-20 season.
I'm still enraged we signed this guy for so long at that price-tag. Horrendous. I would have been fine if it was 2 or 3yrs at $18mill, but idiots Jimmy Buss/Kupchak signed him for 4yrs at $18mill per year.. They were also bidding against themselves - no other team was rushing out there or involved in bidding war to sign Deng or Mozgov.
One of the very few things in life that truly ticks me off is stupidity, and this falls in there. Thank goodness we got out of both deals..