The Los Angeles Lakers signed veteran players Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to huge contracts this offseason. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will benefit from their risky moves but it can also come back to haunt them.
The Lakers gave Mozgov and Deng four-year deals worth $64M and $72M, respectively, with the big Russian’s deal being criticized by LA fans. These two veterans were signed to complement the team’s young player such as Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.
According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers do not want to endure another 17-win season which is why they wanted to mix experience with youth. He also took a shot at Nick Young, who did not give the team any veteran presence.
“The Lakers couldn’t have spent their money much better. Both Mozgov and Deng are respected and well-liked teammates. They are guys that can show the youngsters how to prepare and act like professionals,” Helin wrote.
However, Helin questioned if the deals for Mozgov and Luol Deng will impact the Lakers in the future when the new CBA gets signed next year. The salary cap is also projected to go down at the start of the 2018-19 NBA season, per FanSided.
“In the short term the Lakers should get some value for those signings, but if those players are both Lakers in the last year of those contracts, Los Angeles will regret the deals,” Helin added.
The Los Angeles Lakers did the only thing they can by adding players that can help them win the most games in the next couple of seasons. But the most important thing is these veterans will impart knowledge to the young guns of the Lakers.
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