On October 21, Beijing time, according to a report by Charania, the Lakers have submitted an application to the league to try to remove Lor Deng’s remaining salary from the team’s salary cap. Their reason is that Deng meets the "end of career injury" stipulated in the labor clause. Players who meet this requirement can be deducted from their salary cap.
In the summer of 2016, the Lakers and Deng signed a four-year, $72 million contract, which will expire in this year’s offseason, but in 2018, the Lakers and Deng reached a buyout agreement and Deng returned 7.5 million of it. Dollar, become a free agent. The Lakers used extended terms to pay the remaining salary. This move at the time was to free up enough salary space to provide James with a maximum salary contract.
According to the agreement at the time, the Lakers needed to pay Deng about $5 million a year until the remaining amount was paid. Currently, they have two years to pay 10 million US dollars. The Lakers will still pay Deng's salary as usual, but hope to remove this part of the money from the salary cap to provide more space for their offseason signing.
In the NBA's salary system, $5 million may seem inconspicuous, but for the Lakers in the next two years, it is very important. The US media pointed out that in the offseason of 2020, whether 5 million can be freed up is likely to mean that the Lakers will keep both Pope and Rondo or only one of them. In the offseason of 2021, the 5 million will also determine whether the Lakers can successfully renew Kuzma. Therefore, if the league can approve this application, it will help the Lakers too much. Ten million in two years may be related to the fate of the three people.
However, it is unlikely that the alliance will pass this request. Salary expert Bobby Max wrote on social media: "Considering that Deng continued to play 22 games for the Timberwolves in the 2018-19 season, it will be difficult to prove that Deng suffered a career-ending injury with the Lakers. From Considering long-term interests, it is no problem to submit such an application. The reason why the Lakers apply at this time is because the 2019-20 season is about to officially end. The only argument for the Lakers may be that Deng’s health declined during the 2017-18 season. In order to clear 2020 The 5 million space in the -21 season and the 2021-22 season, this is worth trying."
但是，联盟不太可能通过此请求。薪酬专家鲍比·马克斯（Bobby Max）在社交媒体上写道：“考虑到邓在2018-19赛季继亚博网站2021续为森林狼效力22场比赛，很难证明邓在湖人队的职业生涯中受到了伤害。长期的利益，提交这样的申请是亚博网站2021没有问题的。湖人之所以这次申请是因为2019-20赛季即将正式结束，湖人唯一的论点可能是邓的健康状况在2017年下降了。 -18季。为了清除2020年-21季和2021-22季的500万空间，这是值得尝试的。”
Mingji Keith Smith also expressed his opinion on this matter. "The application does not cost anything. The Lakers should apply, but if the league approves it, I will be surprised. After leaving the Lakers, Deng played 22 games with the Timberwolves, which made it difficult to pass the application," Smith wrote: "I Some people say that the Magic solved Mozgov’s problem in this way, but this is a completely different situation. Mozgov did not sign with another NBA team. He signed with the Russian team, but after entering the lineup I haven't played for them for more than a season."
明吉·基思·史密斯（Mingji Keith Smith）也表达了他对此事的看法。 “申请不需要花任何钱。湖人应该申请，但是如果联盟批准，我会感到惊讶。离开湖人之后，邓和森林狼队打了22场比赛，这使得申请难以通过。” ：“我有人说魔术以这种方式解决了莫兹戈夫的问题，但这是完全不同的情况。莫兹戈夫没有与另一支NBA球队签约。他与俄罗斯球队签约，但是进入阵容后我没有参加比赛为他们服务了一个多赛季。”
For the Lakers, it seems that they can only hope that the league will hold their hands high, but from the analysis of the two experts, the hope is very slim.