Re: How is this possible? Lebron and Melo
posted at 7/17/2013 10:52 PM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
In response to Mployee8's comment:
If they don't extend Kobe and/or Gasol they will only have Nash on the roster for $9.7MM, Nick Young @ $1.2MM and Rob Sacre @ $.9MM .... They have only issued 1 year contracts to all their new free agent signees. So they can have $46MM+/- (now that Howard left) and then resign their own free agents with Bird Rts to go over the cap if they want.
STOP GIVING FALSE INFORMATION!
If the Lakers don't renounce all their free-agents that means the Lakers will not have the cap space as the cap holds will total 75.18m.
The Lakers can sign both Lebron and Melo, but that means no Kobe and no Pau Gasol.
Once the Lakers go under the cap, they can't go over it!
That's why I keep telling you the NBA has a semi-hard cap.
First off, you forgot about Nick Young @ $1.2MM.
Secondly, having cap room vs cap hold are separate issues until you decide what free agents you want to keep of your own. If L A wants to retain Kobe along with Nash and sign two FA's it's doable or Kobe and Gasol but not the three of them (Kobe/Gasol/Nash).
Just like I suggested the C's should have renounced all the old players on their cap hold list and their FA's that didn't didn't want to retain a year ago, the same applies to the Lakers in 2014.
If they decide to let Gasol go and Kobe agrees to being renounced as well and resigning for the VM then they will have that entire $46MM to sign two max deals to go with Nash. With Nash gone in 2015 they will be able to go after another FA from a crop of Love, Rondo, Aldridge or Marc Gasol.
So yes, the cap hold can present a problem but they can work around that and free up $46MM for 2014 and then Kobe can reup in 2015 for a max deal. Unlike KG (who we agree should have taken much less) who gave up about half his max salary, Kobe would have to give up 90%+ and trust that the team would give him a max deal ($20MM with his Bird Rts that they would reaquire after 1 yr at VM) in 2015 ... he'd lose about $20MM over the two yrs (2014-2016) but he'd have an opportunity to win another ring or two.