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Lakers paid $129.5 million in salary, luxury taxes for early exit
Lakers paid $129.5 million in salary, luxury taxes for early exit

The Lakers spent $99.9 million in salary this season for a roster that went 45-37. Additionally, the team will pay $29.6 million in luxury taxes -- a total of $129.5 million to get into the playoffs and suffer a first-round sweep by the San Antonio Spurs. HOOPSWORLD.com has a detailed breakdown of the Lakers' team salary. Injuries were the major hindrance for the Lakers, who finished the regular season with a 28-12 record in their last 40 games. By the time the playoffs arrived, the Lakers had a skeleton crew on the floor, especially in the backcourt, playing without guards Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and forward Metta World Peace. The Miami Heat had the...

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