Every Wednesday we take you beyond the Toronto Raptors, around the NBA. This week’s highlights include Ryan Anderson being traded, Luol Deng being bought out, and more.
Ryan Anderson traded for Brandon Knight:
The Houston Rockets have finally made their big move to challenge the Golden State Warriors with the acquisition of….. Brandon Knight.
In totality the Houston Rockets traded away Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chris. In what has become an emerging trend, the deal will save Houston significant money in tax-savings.
Anderson had fallen out of the rotation, but Melton is still a promising piece. An optimist would say Morey is setting himself up for future moves. A pessimist would say Houston is cutting cap at the expense of the team. For a full breakdown of the trade you can checkout here.
Luol Deng bought out by Los Angeles Lakers:
In an effort to open up cap-space for the 2019 offseason, the Los Angles Lakers have agreed to buyout and stretch Luol Deng.
Deng was signed as part of the 2016 cap-boom to a ridiculous four-year $72 million contract. Hindsight is 20-20, but that deal was dumb when it was signed.
Two interesting items of note:
- Deng gave back approximately $7.3 million: This seems odd. The Lakers had almost no leverage, so receiving any significant money in return seems like a win for L.A.
- Los Angeles waited until September: This has significant implications on their cap-space for 2018-2019 and moving forward.You can read more about the cap implications of waiting until September 1. Here.
Philadelphia 76ers interviewing general manager candidates:
Better late than never, the 76ers are set to interview three executives around the league for the position of general manager. Luckily, none of the executives are currently employed by the Toronto Raptors. The list of candidates includes: Larry Harris of Golden State, Gersson Rosas of Houston, and Justin Zanik of Utah.
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