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The Los Angeles Lakers have some business decisions to make following the season. Los Angeles is set to pay roughly $30 million dollars for exceeding the league’s salary cap parameter and may have to cough up a similar amount next season if cost-cutting measures aren’t made.
Kobe Bryant is expected to miss a significant portion of next season after suffering a devastating Achilles injury and is owed $30 million in the final year of his contract, but it’s unlikely that they will use the league’s amnesty provision on him.
So by the process of elimination, that leaves only one logical candidate that makes sense for the organization to cut in order to gain some much needed flexibility and that’s Pau Gasol, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Waiving Gasol via the “amnesty” provision in July could potentially save them more than $60 million in luxury taxes. They would still have to pay his $19.3-million salary, though he could be snapped up by a bidding team that would owe the Lakers millions to help with that cost.
The Lakers also could try to trade Gasol, but his hefty salary next season could be difficult to move and they would likely have to take back salaries totaling at least $15 million, which wouldn’t really help a goal to avoid ridiculous luxury taxes.
The Lakers should really consider this as a viable option, simply because their roster lacks depth and Bryant is sucking up a significant chunk of their salary cap space and it’s unknown when he’s going to play.
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LATER, LOS ANGELES?
Reports out of Los Angeles speculate that if the Lakers are able to re-sign Dwight Howard this summer, the team may use its amnesty provision on Pau Gasol.
ZEN MASTER AT WORK
Pau Gasol tweeted that the Lakers were finishing up their last practice before heading to San Antonio, and Phil Jackson had a funny response.
Johnny Manziel calls the fact that Pau Gasol was going #broke on a free throw attempt during the Spurs-Lakers playoff game in San Antonio.
AT&T Center -- Losing your star player right before the postseason begins was probably not what the Los Angeles Lakers wanted to face, as the team saw Kobe Bryant suffer a torn left Achilles injury as they were fighting for a playoff spot against the Warriors.
Yet despite losing Byrant for the season, the Lakers rallied to secure the seventh seed and carry a 5-game winning...
The Los Angeles Lakers dropped the first game of their Western Conference playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs in a humbling fashion 91-79.
That did not stop them from making a few big plays along the way.
Dwight Howard came through with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Pau Gasol managed to also double-double with 16 and 16 with six assists.
Check out this connection between...
Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has taken to Twitter and has given the public some pretty insightful and also quite random tweets.
Today hasn't been any different. Jackson took to Twitter to give a friendly jab to one of his former players, Pau Gasol. Gasol tweeted about his last practice before the playoffs started and Jackson held nothing back from poking fun...
It's playoff time in the NBA and you know Johnny Manziel won't be missing a minute of it.
Manziel was on Twitter posting videos while cheering on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
He certainly didn't have much faith in Lakers power forward Pau Gasol at the free throw line.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are going in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs confident and ready. They're gearing up strategy on how to play against the second seeded Spurs and looking on what makes their engine go.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol already knows what his mission is going to be. He's going to shoulder the task on defending the 36 year old Tim Duncan, who...
The Los Angeles Lakers have numerous decisions to make this summer regarding the future of the team. Dwight Howard is a free agent, Kobe Bryant has a torn Achilles, and the roster needs an infusion of youth. The team has made keeping Dwight Howard a priority and GM Mitch Kupchak has made it clear that [...]
As Pau Gasol and the Lakers gear up for the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Phil Jackson decided to take a funny jab at his former player over practice.
TREAD STILL ON THE TIRES
Despite dealing with “some soreness and some pain" recently, Lakers point guard Steve Nash says that he is "not even close" to beginning to contemplate retirement.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard expects San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to send him to the foul line often when the two teams open their playoff series with Game 1 on Sunday. “If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them,” Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a “Hack-a-Howard” strategy on Friday. “There’s nothing I can do about it but...
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After such a tumultuous season, the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers with a starting lineup consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard have managed to will their way into the playoffs having secured the 7th seed and a first round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. This season was likely the most difficult...
A first round matchup of two historically successful franchises, especially in the past 15 years. Can the Lakers find an answer without Kobe Bryant? Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol were able to get it done at the end of the year and sneak into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Spurs are back for more. They just don’t stop.
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