Lakers Rumors: Luol Deng Buyout Leaves Team Just Short In Salary Cap Space To Offer Kevin Durant Max Contract In 2019 NBA Free Agency
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest story over the last few days for the Los Angeles Lakers is that they were able to part ways with Luol Deng via an agreement on a buyout and stretch provision. The saga began in 2016 when Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak signed Deng to a four-year, $72 million contract.


The contract would quickly be known as one of the NBA’s worst, and it ultimately required the Lakers to pay a player who essentially never saw time on the court $18 million per year. Deng appeared in the opener last season, then never played again.

It was reported Deng, in agreeing to a buyout, forfeited $7.5 million of his remaining salary. However, the final value of the terms to Deng’s buyout were slightly lower than that, via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The difference shouldn’t seem like a big deal. However, it does slightly change how the Lakers can approach 2019 NBA free agency. Instead of $38.2 million, the Lakers will now have a flat $38 million in salary cap space.

That leaves them just shy of the $38.2 million needed to offer a max contract Kevin Durant. Due to Durant reaching his 10th year of service in the NBA, his max contract spikes from $35.5 million to $38.2, putting the Lakers just out of reach — for the time being.

It certainly isn’t a difference that Durant perhaps would be open to forfeiting, or one that the Lakers couldn’t erase with other transactions.

In addition to Durant, the team could use the max-contract slot to pursue the likes of Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson, among others. Though, Thompson remains focused on the Golden State Warriors and Butler has been rumored to want to team up with Kyrie Irving.

Whatever path they choose, the Lakers will have their fair share of salary cap space heading into 2019, in addition to have LeBron James and the entirety of their young core intact.

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

I simply want to tell you that I am beginner to blogs and seriously savored you’re blog site. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You really come with awesome posts. With thanks for sharing your webpage.

  • Youre so trendy! I do not mean Ive check out anything such as this before. So great to discover somebody with some initial ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this site is something that is needed online, a person with a little creativity. valuable job for bringing something brand-new to the net!

  • Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for novice blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  • I?d have to get in touch with you right here. Which is not something I normally do! I appreciate reading an article that will certainly make individuals believe. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • An intriguing discussion is worth remark. I assume that you need to create more on this subject, it may not be a forbidden topic yet typically individuals are insufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Thanks

  • The next time I review a blog, I wish that it does not disappoint me as much as this set. I mean, I understand it was my choice to review, however I really thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a number of whining regarding something that you could take care of if you werent as well busy looking for focus.

  • Wonderful post. I find out something much more challenging on various blogs day-to-day. It will constantly be stimulating to review material from various other authors as well as practice a little something from their shop. I?d choose to utilize some with the web content on my blog whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll give you a link on your web blog site. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi! I just wish to give a significant thumbs up for the fantastic details you have right here on this article. I will be coming back to your blog site for more soon.

  • There are certainly a lot of details like that to think about. That is an excellent indicate raise. I provide the ideas above as basic ideas however plainly there are inquiries like the one you raise where one of the most vital thing will certainly be operating in sincere good faith. I don?t recognize if ideal methods have emerged around points like that, but I am sure that your work is clearly determined as an up for grabs. Both children as well as ladies really feel the influence of simply a moment?s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  • I was really pleased to find this web-site. I wanted to many thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I absolutely enjoying every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look into new things you blog post.

  • Can I just claim what a relief to discover a person that actually recognizes what theyre talking about on the web. You certainly know how to bring a concern to light as well as make it essential. More individuals require to read this and also recognize this side of the story. I cant think youre not much more preferred since you definitely have the gift.

  • Aw, this was an actually nice post. In suggestion I wish to place in composing like this additionally? taking some time as well as real effort to make a very good write-up? but what can I say? I hesitate alot as well as by no means seem to get something done.

  • I’m now not certain the place you’re getting your info, however great topic. I needs to spend some time studying more or working out more. Thanks for wonderful info I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

  • Aw, this was a really nice article. In suggestion I would like to put in composing like this in addition? taking time and actual effort to make an excellent short article? yet what can I state? I hesitate alot and also by no means seem to obtain something done.

  • Youre so amazing! I don’t expect Ive read anything such as this before. So nice to discover somebody with some initial ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is something that is needed on the web, somebody with a little creativity. helpful task for bringing something brand-new to the net!

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.