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The Lakers traded three second-round picks to take a flier on Hachimura over the second half of the season. If he performs effectively, the Lakers can re-sign him, which is their plan, in response to Wojnarowski. He’s set to enter restricted free company offered they tender him a $7.7 million qualifying provide. The Lakers projected luxurious tax penalty rose barely from this deal and at the moment sits at $44.2 million.
The larger side of this deal but to be decided is how this impacts their offseason plans. The Lakers are projected to have $30 million in cap area this coming offseason, however re-signing Hachimura would reduce into that quantity considerably. In actual fact, the quantity that could possibly be deducted could possibly be excessive sufficient to take them out of the cap area derby and have them function as an over-the-cap staff.
As argued final week, there are advantages for the Lakers to commerce for gamers that they want to have on the roster subsequent yr now as a substitute of taking their probabilities in free company. They might commerce for extra gamers like Hachimura on expiring contracts and re-sign them this offseason with their Fowl rights in the event that they slot in effectively this season. They might additionally commerce for gamers below contract for subsequent season, which might assist hold them within the combine for July trades. Relying on the kinds of long-term contracts they take again, maybe they will even get belongings connected.
For now, cap area continues to be an choice since they might let Hachimura stroll if it doesn’t work out with him. However the Lakers might look to commerce different expiring contracts like Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley for a number of gamers who match the factors talked about above.
As an over-the-cap staff, they might go into the season with extra position gamers on mid-sized offers whereas additionally with the ability to re-sign gamers like Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Austin Reaves, and Wenyen Gabriel. They might additionally use a bigger mid-level exception (MLE) quantity to signal somebody, both the $11.4 million non-taxpayer or the $7 million taxpayer, versus the $5.8 million room mid-level exception.