Absolutely! Danny Green’s underperforming contract is gone and read what the Lakers can do with the flexibility!
The Los Angeles Lakers will have conspiracy theories flying for the rest of the decade if this deal pans out. Even if it doesn’t, the Lakers have a $15.5 million litany of cap space to sign a replacement if Schroder bombs.
The Thunder wanted a first-round pick. It’s not like the Lakers handed over a lottery pick. Pelinka gleefully gave over a late first-round pick in a very weak draft.
No matter what happens, this deal was a very huge upgrade for the Lakers.
The underrated part of the deal is the luxury of having the non-taxpayer midlevel exception available to spend. Not only did the Lakers nab a high caliber free agent in a weak free-agent market during an economic pinch thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they could also use the MLE for veterans like Serge Ibaka, the aforementioned Wesley Matthews or Danilo Gallinari.
Will this take work to make all of the pieces fit? Yes, so? The Los Angeles Lakers nabbed a championship on a shoestring budget with virtually no options. This offseason move opened up more options than all of last season combined.
If the Lakers made last year work, Rob Pelinka, LeBron, AD and the coaching staff can do this in their sleep.
The free agency period will be wild. Lake Show Life will do its best to keep everyone updated on upcoming roster moves.