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Report: Lakers asking some staff to defer salary

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss

EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 13: Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, looks from a balcony before the start of a news conference where Anthony Davis was introduced as the newest player of the Los Angeles Lakers at UCLA Health Training Center on July 13, 2019 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The 76ers’ plan to cut salary was met with so much outrage, they backtracked. The Jazz laid off employees and avoided similarly widespread criticism.

Now, the Lakers will dip their toe in the water.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

From “fiscally responsible” to “small group of senior level staff” to “voluntarily,” this is written to minimize backlash. Will it work? It probably depends whether observers see this as a noble sacrifice by rich executives or a mechanism to preserve the wealth of Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

The NBA is missing significant revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Right now, owners are feeling the brunt of it.

Players will take a hit soon enough, too. But the NBA, like many businesses, just isn’t generating money. That will lead to more unpleasant decisions.

Some employees being asked to defer salary is just the tip of the iceberg.