After all the articles and comments about the Spurs and everyone's thoughts on what they are doing, I thought it'd be nice to have a light-hearted look at some of the other teams out there and their issues. Then ESPN recently posted this article about how the Lakers will be paying the most luxury tax this year. Well there's nothing more fun than looking at the Lakers and making fun of them. Be sure to check out Stampler's take here.
According to ESPN, the Lakers will owe 29 million dollars in luxury taxes this year. That is easily the highest amount followed by the Heat at $13 million, the Nets at $12 million, the Knicks at $9 million and rounded out by the Bulls and Celtics. What amazes me about those numbers is outside of Miami all those other teams are not what I would consider title contenders. This is especially amusing when it comes to LA.
In somewhat related news, apparently the Lakers are going to amnesty Metta World Peace (tweet found via BleacherReport.com):
Sweet a guy as he is, @MettaWorldPeace will be waived via amnesty by Lakers to save about $30 million, barring some late change.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 8, 2013
I guess the Spurs could sign him as a backup SF, right? So that would pay for the luxury tax right there. Ok, I know you're asking: So what's the problem then? Well let's take a gander at the Lake Show's current roster including the FA's and RFA's that are likely gone (info from Rotoworld.com):
- PG: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar
- SG: Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young.
- SF: None
- PF: Pau Gasol, Ryan Kelly
- C: Chris Kaman, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre