The Los Angeles Lakers are staying active in the NBA offseason.
After starting with a splash, trading a king’s ransom to the New Orleans Pelicans to bring Anthony Davis to the team, the Lakers made two critical moves on Thursday that put them in position to add another superstar when free agency begins on Sunday.
First, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe, and Bobby Marks, the Lakers added a third team — the Washington Wizards — to the Anthony Davis trade. The deal will now send the contracts of Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to the Wizards, freeing up millions for the Lakers to spend on another star.
In the same report, ESPN said Davis would be waiving the $4 million “trade kicker” — basically a bonus — that he was entitled to after being traded from New Orleans to Los Angeles.
With free agency set to begin on Sunday, it was initially unclear in the immediate wake of the Davis trade whether or not the Lakers would have enough cap space to chase another player demanding a max contract.