The Lakers’ $2.7 million trade player exception is set to expire Monday evening, per Keith Smith of Spotrac, and it doesn’t seem as if they’ll use it to sign someone or in a trade.
The exception was acquired as part of the Marc Gasol trade with the Grizzlies on Sept. 15 of last year. Along with the exception, the Lakers acquired the draft rights to Wang Zhelin, sending a 2024 second-round pick and cash back to the Grizzlies.
A trade exception is generated when a team trades away a player, allows the team to acquire a certain amount of salary without sending out any in return. it generally can be utilized for up to a year after the exception was created.
Of course, the Lakers have larger roster concerns on their plate at the moment, as reports suggest they continue to unload Russell Westbrook and his large expiring contract. As we relayed here, they could serve as a third team to help the Jazz to move Donovan Mitchell to another destination.
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