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Lakers start summer over salary cap, look to create spending power
Lakers start summer over salary cap, look to create spending power

The Lakers might have enough money to sign New York Knicks free-agent Carmelo Anthony, but starting the summer, the Lakers are still over the NBA's salary cap. How is that possible with only four players under contract? Each and every Lakers' free agent, even unsigned, takes up some of the team's cap space. The NBA will announce the new salary-cap figures before July 10, when the league's annual moratorium ends. The initial projection from the league is $63.2 million. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and Kendall Marshall combine to make $35 million, and Marshall's $915,243 is non-guaranteed. The issue is Pau Gasol, who is taking up $20.3 million of the...

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