The NBA trade deadline is less than two weeks away. The action ahead of March 25, or lack thereof, will have a ripple effect on the buyout market. The Lakers have limited resources to execute a trade, but they project to be a major player in the buyout sweepstakes for the top center and/or 3-and-D wing available.

So, what are their options to improve their roster? How does the hard cap factor in? What about 2021 free agency? Should they extend Dennis Schröder?

To answer those questions and more, The Athletic’s salary cap expert Danny Leroux and Lakers beat writer Jovan Buha analyzed the Lakers’ short- and long-term optionality.

Buha: Hey, Danny, thanks for doing this. You recently wrote about the Lakers’ cap-maneuvering strategy and the decision to waive Quinn Cook.





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