Due to various reasons, NBA income has dropped significantly, which has also affected the future salary cap. It was previously reported that the salary cap for the new season is expected to drop by 3 million to 12 million, which is not a small number and may have a huge impact on the league. On October 27, Beijing time, US media LAKESHOWLIFE column Justin Hickey analyzed this, and he believed that this news is beneficial to the Lakers.
A few teams that exceed the luxury tax line will be even more uncomfortable. They are likely to avoid the luxury tax bill by trading, but for the Lakers, they don't have this trouble. At present, all teams' salaries exceed the salary cap, but with the launch of the free agency market, the situation will change.
It is expected that several teams will have enough cap space. For example, the Suns, Hawks and Knicks that did not make the playoffs are such teams, but they are not championship contenders. This is conducive to the Lakers leaving Popper. .
The Lakers have Pope's bird rights and can overcap and renew his contract. At the same time, this also creates opportunities for the Lakers. If a team is interested in Pope, the Lakers can sign first and then change. This will put the Lakers in a win-win situation.
They can either sign back to Pope or win back some chips by sending him away. The super dual-core pair of James and Thick Eyebrow are still there, so the Lakers don't have to worry too much about the falling salary cap. In the 2019-20 season, General Manager Pelinka created a reasonably configured lineup without paying the luxury tax, which is really impressive.