On Wednesday, the
The league's April projection was a cap of $67.1 million. The additional $2.9 million in spending power for teams is considerable. Instead of $22.2 million, the Lakers should have $25.1 million to spend.
The Lakers currently have just five guaranteed players under contract, along with three non-guaranteed (
Since the start of July, during the NBA's annual moratorium, the Lakers were able to negotiate deals to trade for
Hibbert's contract will take up between $15.5 million and $17.8 million of the Lakers' cap room, depending on his 15% trade bonus, which can be waived under a certain set of circumstances.
Williams projects to earn $6.7 million in the first year of his contract, while Bass' expected salary remains unclear.
Hibbert at $17.8 million leaves just $1.7 million for Bass. If the Lakers time the Pacers trade properly, and with Hibbert's permission, the waived bonus would allow the Lakers to pay Bass $4.0 million.
The Lakers can also look to trade away players like
The team also needs to sign their three draft picks, D'Angelo Russell (second overall), Larry Nance Jr. (27th) and Anthony Brown (34th) in June's
The Lakers are reportedly losing at least four of their own free agents with
The free-agent fates of
The NBA also set the luxury tax threshold at $84.7 million. The Lakers' payroll may near $75 million for the coming season eventually, well under the tax line.