Dude...you seriously need to think about what you are saying.
You expect Lopez to accept 4.5M a year, which is less than Ball will make this season, with no guarantee of a larger contract later on. You also expect him to accept this while coming off the bench.
The part that really makes no sense that hasn't even been covered yet is the fact that you expect the Lakers to pay the luxury tax for a back up C that adds nothing to the team that Cousins doesn't already bring.
No part of your idea is likely. This scenario doesn't benefit the Lakers nor does it benefit Lopez.
You seriously need to [expletive]ing learn how to read.
I initially wrote about an idea that Eric Pincus had about how it could be possible to keep Lopez, so it’s not like i’ve taken this out of thin air.
Then i wrote what i thought would be an ideal FA haul – KCP, Boogie and PG13 – and that adding Lopez to that using the apporach above would be perfect.
Do i expect Lopez to accept 4.5M per year? Probably not – didn’t expect KCP to be waived by Det and sign for 17M in LA either, nor did i expect Dallas to allow Nerlens Noel to take the qualifying offer, but it happened. The reason why is because of the market, but you’re apparently allergic to looking at those kind of aspects of the nba.
In 2018 you’ve got only a small handfull of teams that has both the cap space and need for a C and you’ve got Lopez, Boogie, Monroe, Favors, Noel, Embiid, Nurkic and Capela all hitting free agency that summer. In other words, for a big lumbering C that isn’t know for his defensive abilities, the market very well could be drier than a nun’s…
If that’s the case, which it looks to be, then it’s between taking the full mid-level with Milwaukee or something, i could easily see Lopez gamble on himself and take a ”wink-wink-pay-you-later”-deal with the Lakers if it meant playing with Lebron and George. The fact that he’s born in Hollywood, already made more than 100M but only has played in 13 playoff games in his career is just extra incentive.
Regarding the luxury tax, then its not as big of a problem as you might think. Randle, Clarkson and Deng would be off the books and the extensions for Ingram and Ball wouldn’t kick in until the 20/21 and 21/22 season. Also, the Lakers never were afraid to pay the luxury tax.