NBA rumors: Anthony Davis trade timing could hinder Lakers free agency plans

NBA rumors: Anthony Davis trade timing could hinder Lakers free agency plans

Lakers fans everywhere are excited by the agreed upon Anthony Davis trade with the Pelicans.

Initial reporting on Saturday speculated that Los Angeles would still have between $27 and $32 million in cap space remaining, enough to bring in another marquee player through free agency.

But new information coming out Sunday paints a slightly bleaker picture for the Lakers.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the trade won't be executed until July 6.

Davis also has a 15 percent trade kicker that equates to $4 million. He could waive the trade kicker to help the Lakers, but Wojnarowski doesn't see that happening.

With that in mind, the Lakers' cap space would decrease from just over $27 million to just over $23 million.

But there's more.

By completing the trade on July 6, the player the Lakers draft with the No. 4 overall pick next Thursday wouldn't count towards their salary. But if the Lakers were to tell the Pelicans 'Hey, let's wait until July 30 to execute the trade,' Los Angeles could free up salary-cap space because the No. 4 pick would be on the books.

Wojnarowski believes there's a chance the teams wait until July 30, but for now, he expects the blockbuster trade to go through on July 6.

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If that's the case, the Lakers will have less cap space than they had hoped. That would be welcome news for the Warriors and Kings, who are watching their Pacific Division rival retool their roster in a big way.

If the Lakers aren't able to add a marquee free agent alongside Davis and LeBron James, they won't be as daunting.

Golden State Warriors Summer League Grades

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Golden State Warriors Summer League Grades

The Golden State Warriors entered summer league with an abundance of necessary curiosity. 

With three draft picks and a second-year player on the roster - combined with the uncertainty of the roster - the offseason tournament provided a glimpse of what to expect from its young core in the upcoming season. 

Now, with summer league wrapped up, here are the final grades from Golden State's participants. 

Jordan Poole

The first-round pick struggled with his shot during the California Classic, making just four of his first 20 attempts through three games. However, he picked up his scoring output in Vegas, averaging 17.8 points, including a 12 point performance against Denver, helping Golden State overcome a 17-point deficit. 

Poole also showed an ability to play make, throwing a variety of behind the back passes, often getting teammates involved in the offense. If Poole can continue his upward offensive trajectory, he can compete for minutes on the floor. 

While Poole showed flashes of potential, he did have some low points. Though he averaged 2.3 steals in Vegas, he struggled to get around switches, something that hindered him in college. In addition, despite the scoring outbursts, he shot just 40 percent from the field over his final four games. 

Final Grade: B - 

Jacob Evans

Evans entered summer league hoping to reverse the ills of a disappointing rookie season. In following his second summer appearance, he seemed to do that, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds. 

With Shaun Livingston no longer on the roster, Evans will have primary ball responsibility when Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell are not on the floor. In Vegas, Evans played a lot of time at point guard and sometimes struggled against heavy ball pressure. Nonetheless, he showed an improved midrange game that could suit him well during his sophomore season. 

Grade: B

Eric Paschal 

Lauded for his shooting, Paschal impressed during the California Classic, shooting 61 percent from the field, including an 18 point, 6-of-8 performance in a loss to the Lakers. 

Despite being a second-round pick, Golden State remains high on Paschal, citing his toughness, IQ and defensive prowess as a reason he'll see playing time next season. 

Grade: B

Alen Smailagic

The 18-year-old showed a bevy of potential, with numerous highlight-level dunks over his summer league play. In four games in Vegas, he averaged 8.5 points, adding 5.0 rebounds in 22 minutes. 

For the Warriors, the Serbian is a long term project worth an investment, evidenced by the fully guaranteed four-year, $4.3 million contract the team tendered last week. In Vegas, he simultaneously showed why he's worth the contract while giving reminders of the work needed to get playing time. While he showed flashes with his dunks, he was frequently out of position for rebounds due to lack of strength. 


#AgeChallenge takes over Internet with old photos of Warriors stars

#AgeChallenge takes over Internet with old photos of Warriors stars

If you're on social media -- which you more than likely are, you've noticed the #AgeChallenge. Because we all are curious to know how we are going to look when we're old ... for some reason.

So, as usual, the sports world was one of the first to fall victim to the takeover and the Golden State Warriors were not excluded in the fun.

You're welcome, and we're also sorry in advance.

Here are Klay Thompson and Steph Curry:

Steph doesn't look like much will change as he gets older, but the facial hair on Klay ... that's a lot.

If that's enough for you, there's more. And, well ...

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Draymond Green and Steve Kerr make an appearance and they look like they've seen a lot of postseason basketball.