There were rumors that the Lakers would possibly make an attempt to remove some salary by trading away their 2 major contracts: Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng. That rumor seems to have been dashed, at least for now.
For now, LA resisting salary dumps on Mozgov or Deng needed to clear future space. Teams trying to snag pick/young player to absorb deals.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 20, 2017
It seems that Magic is living by his word and staying pat with not only keeping the young core while also planning for next year’s free agency. The team is not desperate to shed salary this season because the team feels it’s unnecessary iastheir plans are to go all in during the 2018 offseason.
It is reassuring that the Lakers front office is being patient and wants to see what the team will do this year. Contrary to prior noise, it seems the Lakers are content to ride this season out with the young core they have now.
Another potential benefit to holding pat this year is the possibility that after a full season in the new offense, Deng and Mozgov actually improve. Both players were bad at times last season and eventually both were regulated to the bench to free up playing time for the younger players. With more time and a possible improvement, they could drive the cost to off-load their contracts down. Therefore, it allows for an easier trade in the 2018 year when the Lakers try to make a run at Paul Geoge.
Regardless, both contracts will be terribly difficult to off-load and the Lakers are in no hurry to do so. After all, its easier to off load 2 year contracts then contracts that still have 3 years left on them.
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