...if Kobe takes a min next summer? A minute? I know you don't believe he's going to take the minimum...not a chance in hell it happens.
Two max FA's in 2014 would leave us with no room for a third max deal the following summer...and all re-ups or re-signings (for Kobe and/or Gasol) have to be done either before those other FA signings (since we're using Bird Rights) or with those salaries already figured into the payroll somehow. We can't just fill our payroll one summer, then re-sign Kobe to a max deal that same summer...not the way it works.
min=minimum. And I do not know what Kobe will do. He has the highest net worth of any NBA player. If a dream scenario were to unfold where Lebron and Melo said they would sign in LA and it meant Pau could re-sign if Kobe took a min contract...maybe he would? Reality is I don't expect him to, but I do expect this scenario to come up next year.
And yes it can actually happen. Kobe signs for a minimum of $1.45m in 2014 on a 1 year deal so we retain his bird rights. His cap hold in 2015 would then be a minimum. They could sign a big FA in 2015, and then sign Kobe to a max contract offer in 2015 of $19.5m - meaning he would average ~ $10.5m over the 2 years. That is the way the CBA/cap rules are structured and can be manipulated.
The only caveat is that Kobe and the Lakers could not agree on a max contract in 2015 during the 2014 offseason. So there is some risk on Kobe for taking the minimum because if he were to get hurt or the Lakers were for whatever reason to let him walk, he would have no guarantee of a max in 2015.
2014 cap est: $62m
Carmelo+Lebron+Kobes Cap hold ~ $45m
Nash comes off the books in 2015. So in 2014 they would need to retain a decent amount of cap space by using min/1 year contracts again. The nice thing is the cap hold for someone like Wes Johnson is <$1m. So if the Lakers keep their contract obligations short and sweet for the 2014-2015 season as well, then they could be able to sign someone like Kevin Love, Rondo, Marc Gasol. They wouldn't be able to max someone in 2015, but they could make a substantial offer.
Edited by Calisupra2nr, July 25, 2013 - 12:19 PM.