The NBA is not a business and salary is not money, but the salary cap is a significant obstacle to growth in the league.
NBA salary cap projections were released this week and they have the Lakers sitting at $82 million next season.
The Lakers currently have $40 million committed to free agents, $12 million of which is guaranteed.
This leaves them with a total of $38.9 million remaining.
That is a huge amount of money, and it is not uncommon for teams to take advantage of the cap to bring in players who can add to their team’s salary cap, but there is also a limit to how much the cap can be raised in the future.
That cap ceiling is currently $92.7 million.
The team will have to either make a new or buyout of a contract to increase that cap ceiling.
The Los Angeles Lakers are under the cap.
The salary cap currently sits at $92 million.
The next best thing the Lakers can do is use that cap to sign another free agent, and then use that money to buy out the contract of a player that the team does not want to keep.
This can happen when the player is on the books for three years, but when the team is under the salary limit, they have a hard time cutting a player.
If the Lakers are able to use the cap as a springboard to sign a player, they could potentially add an additional star to their roster, but it would be an expensive deal.
The Lakers will have $32 million to spend on the rest of the offseason, and $9.5 million to make up for the $8 million cap hold on Jordan Clarkson.
The salary cap has also limited how much money the team can make with the luxury tax, which is a new luxury tax levied on the top 50 players.
The luxury tax is $16.5 per $1 million of cap space the team has.
The Los Angeles Clippers have the luxury of $32.8 million to cap next season, which means they have enough room to spend.
They could use that to sign Blake Griffin or potentially the likes of Brandon Ingram or Julius Randle.