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Report: Lakers not expected to have full max cap space due to timing of Anthony Davis trade

Anthony Davis, Rob Pelinka, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans agreed to a deal to send Anthony Davis to the Lakers on Saturday. Unfortunately, the timing of the deal has some major ramifications on the Lakers’ free-agency plans this July.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Los Angeles is set to only have $23.7 million in cap space because the trade is currently set to be processed on July 6 and Davis doesn’t plan to waive his trade bonus worth just over $4 million:

If the two teams wind up waiting until July 30 to consummate the deal, the Lakers would have over $32 million in cap space because they’d be acting as a team over the cap and would be allowed to use the No. 4 pick as salary. But for now, this isn’t the plan:

This is significant news as this likely means the Lakers are out of the running when it comes to signing a desirable third star like Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker or Jimmy Butler to add to their LeBron-AD tandem. There have already been rumors about Walker being the top priority in free agency, and Irving reportedly still likes the idea of playing with Davis. Los Angeles also reportedly has interest in Butler.

But if they don’t have the max cap space to sign those others stars, the Lakers will have to start designing a Plan B now that Plan A might no longer come into fruition.