Report: Lakers can sign max player as Anthony Davis waives trade kicker, L.A. involves Wizards in 3-team trade
The Los Angeles Lakers will send the contracts of big man Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards as part of a newly-evolved three-team trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As a result, Anthony Davis will waive his $4 million trade kicker to facilitate the trade, giving the Lakers the chance to sign another max player with $32 million at hand.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has found a way to complete the Anthony Davis trade by July 6 with max space to spend on a single max-level free agent or to use among multiple players to put alongside the core duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Wizards had previous draft interest in Wagner, whom the Lakers picked out of the University of Michigan in 2018 with their first-round selection. Wagner will get an opportunity with a new core in Washington.
The Lakers had to make a move before the June 30 deadline in hopes to have the room necessary to pitch a max-level free agent to come and play alongside James and Davis.
The drastic end to the Golden State Warriors’ season in the NBA Finals has now opened the window for Western Conference teams to be aggressive in pursuit of stars.
The likes of the Houston Rockets and the L.A. Clippers already have plans to score big in the offseason, but the Lakers remain a top-notch option due to its location and the legacy that precedes the franchise.