Found July 10, 2013 on NESN.com:
Congratulations, Los Angeles Lakers. Not only were you not very good last season, but you also paid a whole lot to do it. The Lakers watched Dwight Howard bolt for Houston, cut ties with Metta World Peace (much to Kobe Bryant‘s chagrin) and might still deal permanent trade block resident Pau Gasol this summer. Yet they are still slated to be above the luxury tax level in 2013-14, as they were in 2012-13, when they paid out more in taxes than four of the other five taxpaying teams combined. In case the Lakers forgot about that cost or the harsher penalties that begin this coming season, they will receive a strong reminder when their hefty tax bill arrives next week. The NBA will send the Lakers an invoice for $29.259 million on Monday, ESPN reports, by far the largest in the league. The Heat, Nets, Knicks, Bulls and Celtics will also receive bills, but none of them are within $15 million of what the Lakers owe. When the tax is added to the Lakers’ payroll of about $100 million, Los A...
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