The Ultimate Plan For The Los Angeles Lakers

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Durant and Davis

At this point, it's kind of beating the drum, but this Anthony Davis situation is a lot more than about Anthony Davis for the Lakers. However this saga ends for them, it might just determine who comes in the future.

And who they trade in order to get him might limit who they can sign in free-agency.

In an interesting quote by Nick Wright, he noted that leaving one name off the Lakers' trade package for Davis might help them lure another star in free agency.

"The Lakers want to keep Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the books so if they trade for Anthony Davis, they have $30M in cap space this summer to offer up to Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson."

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is due to make $12 million this season but is on an expiring contract. Meaning that, once the summer rolls around, he'll no longer be a cap hit to the team, leaving room for another max contract.

That $30 million cap space would be essential in getting a guy like Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant, who (as you probably already know) will be available this summer as well.

In other words, if the Lakers play this smart, they could end up with three superstars by summer's end and, subsequently, a return to Championship contention.