With the Milwaukee Bucks putting an end to the 2020-21 season with an NBA Finals Game 6 victory over the Phoenix Suns, it’s time to peer into the near future with the offseason suddenly upon us with the draft on July 29 and free agency opening Aug. 2.
While veteran guards DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley headline the free-agent class, what Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Montrezl Harrell and John Collins decide to do about their contract options will help shape the landscape of free-agency movement.
How do the Clippers and Lakers figure into acquiring big-name players? Keep in mind the salary cap has been projected around $112 million with the luxury tax kicking in at about $136 million, so three superstars making approximately $40 million each is a costly fit.
The Times’ NBA reporters — Andrew Greif, Broderick Turner and Dan Woike (who is in Tokyo for the Olympic Games) — discuss the situation.
DW: First off, I need everyone to know how confused I am by the time change here in Tokyo, where the international dateline has me writing this a few days ahead of everyone back home. I’m talking to you from the future … and Chris Paul isn’t in it.
Congrats to Paul on an incredible season, authoring yet another franchise turnaround. He’ll be paid handsomely for it, but it shouldn’t be by either of the Los Angeles teams. Has everyone already forgotten what…