The NBA free agency, although technically still ongoing for the rest of the summer until the start of the regular season, has come to a halt.
Activity has quickly ceased and teams do not have much left to offer free agents in terms of money or open guaranteed roster spots. The Los Angeles Lakers certainly fall in this category, using up the remainder of their salary cap space this summer as they fill out the roster for the 2017-18 regular season. General manager Rob Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson have made it well known that they intend to save cap space for next summer, and they have done exactly that.
The moves the new Lakers regime made this summer will not impact their cap space situation moving forward. The team signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a lucrative one-year deal, along with Tyler Ennis to a two-year deal with a team option on the second year and Vander Blue earned a partially guaranteed deal. Ennis did enough in his short stint with the Lakers last season to earn some more run in a purple and gold uniform for at least another year and Blue’s impressive Summer League campaign earned him another shot with the Lakers.
The other additions to the roster came via trade or through the NBA Draft. How will they all fit in? Are Caldwell-Pope and Brook Lopez long term solutions for the Lakers? Gary and Honi break it down.
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