ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Has Major Update To Lakers, Anthony Davis Trade

Does Anthony Davis + Le Bron James=an NBA Championship

Does Anthony Davis + Le Bron James=an NBA Championship

While the number that they will have to other players is still up in the air depending on when the trade becomes official, the Lakers will have some cap flexibility.

If Anthony Davis waives all of his $4 million trade bonus and the Lakers pull off the move they're attempting, the team will have the money to make a run for a star free agent.

The problem for the Lakers is that between a July 6 trade date and Davis' trade kicker, they would only have around $23.8 million in cap space based on their current roster commitments.

The Lakers don't need to match salaries with the Pelicans in the Davis trade, because LA is far enough under the salary cap to absorb Davis' salary. However, with Davis on his way soon, the Lakers are now the favorites to win it all.

Lakers are aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday's NBA Draft too, league sources tell ESPN.

Bucks' Middleton to decline $13M option
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski , Middleton is expected to command a five-year contract with the Bucks. Middleton declined his option on Wednesday, but that doesn't necessarily portend a departure from Milwaukee.

Why July 6? National Basketball Association free agency begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, but deals can't be officially signed until July 6, when the league's moratorium on transactions lifts.

He reports the Lakers are trying to open up a slot for another max contract by offering around Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga - the only other three players under contract for next season. They can still get a helpful player or two, but $28 million would have gone further.

With that kind of cash, they could take a serious run at Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving or Jimmy Butler. All these moves underline how highly the Lakers value Anthony Davis.

The Lakers will maintain their current level of cap space, which is $32.5 million, as they enter free agency.

Teams are allowed to pay as much as $5.2 million to buy draft picks in a calendar year.

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