According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers did not realize an accounting error that left them without max cap space until after they agreed to their trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and then called back in an attempt to rectify the mistake.
As it stands now, the Pelicans have not relented. And why would they when doing so would hinder their own ability to build a competitive roster over the next month?
You see, the Lakers could have created $32.5 million in cap space — enough to sign a player with seven-to-nine years of NBA service to a max deal (i.e., Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, etc.) — if they negotiated July 30 as the trade completion date. That way, they could draft the No. 4 pick for New Orleans, sign him to a first-year salary of $8.2 million, wait the requisite 30 days to trade him, and then use his contract to match salaries in an even swap for Davis. (Yahoo)
Rob Pelinka rose to fame as Kobe Bryant’s agent. He somehow used that relationship with Kobe to win over Jeannie Buss and steal the job of General Manager away from candidates who understand the salary cap and how trades work.
But nope, the Lakers elected to give the keys to a first time GM that was so desperate to acquire a star to play alongside LeBron James that they cost themselves all of the cap space needed to sign a second max superstar and create the next Big Three because they traded for Anthony Davis TOO SOON. Laugh out loud.
For comparison sake, this would be like if the 2010 Miami Heat re-signed Dwyane Wade, traded for Chris Bosh and were like ‘oh shit wait, we forgot to sign LeBron James too’.
What was the rush to make this trade happen? Who were the Lakers competing against?
They offered Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and every first pick ever. No team was matching that and from all reports, no teams were even really trying to.
It’s a real shame we missed the potential video of Rob Pelinka telling people he recruited Jimmy Butler by taking him out to dinner with Robin Williams or something. Really wanted a ‘Rob Pelinka claims to have linked up Kemba Walker and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’ headline on Twitter.