Which players might the L.A. Lakers target in free agency if they don't have max cap space?
If the Lakers complete their reported deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis on July 6 and Davis opts not to waive his $4 million trade bonus, the Lakers project to have a maximum of $23.7 million in cap space, according to reporting by ESPN's Bobby Marks. That wouldn't be enough for the Lakers to realistically target a third star to go with Davis and LeBron James.
Instead, the Lakers would surely be better off splitting that money among multiple role players, as well as using the room midlevel estimated at $4.8 million to add depth to a roster that will feature just five players under guaranteed contract after the trade -- none of them guards. Here's a look at some free agents who might make sense for the Lakers.