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Brandon Jennings on the Lakers Unlikely?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 15, 2013 @ 10:13 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Point guard Brandon Jennings has Compton roots and no contract. The Lakers have a 39-year-old point guard in Steve Nash. Could there be a fit in Los Angeles for the Milwaukee Bucks’ restricted free agent?
With the complex rules of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, the Lakers have almost no chance to pick up Jennings this summer. There’s no guarantee the Lakers would even pursue Jennings, who has a career field-goal percentage of 39.4% and 35.4% from three-point range — but for completeness, could they?
The most the Lakers can offer the 6-foot-1, 23-year-old guard is a two-year deal starting at $947,907. Because Jennings is a restricted free agent, the Bucks could match any offer — and they would be extremely unlikely to let him go at such a discounted price.
Jennings still may re-sign in Milwaukee, or the team may find a more viable partner in a sign-and-trade. The Lakers won’t be one of them — they are legally forbidden to acquire a player via sign-and-trade. Because the team signed center Chris Kaman to a contract Friday, the Lakers are restricted as a team over the tax apron of $75,748,000. While the team’s payroll is still under the apron at $75.4 million, empty roster spots technically push the Lakers over.
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