🔶Those three contracts together would total almost a half a billion dollars in total worth and would eat up just about the entire cap space for just three players. Is that trio worth that amount of money when the second round seems to be their ceiling? In comes the purple and gold which makes a ton of sense for them to make a deal and try to get one of the best young center’s and players the league has to offer.One reason this makes sense for the Lakers to make a move for KAT is that you’re maintaining the youth. KAT has completed only three seasons in the NBA and won’t be turning 23 until the middle of November. That’s number one.
🔶Another reason this makes sense is that you would get Towns for the long term. With the Lakers interest in getting Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs or a Jimmy Butler from the T-Wolves, combined with their youth, a long-term outlook is best to take. Karl Anthony-Towns will be a restricted free agent in 2019, which means that even if the Lakers did trade for Towns and couldn’t get a long-term deal done, they could match any offer that he receives. That’s number two.
🔶Free agency will also play a huge factor in this. If the Lakers were able to acquire Towns in a trade, that would do wonders. One, the cap wouldn’t be affected at all as KAT is on his rookie deal, meaning that the Lakers just inserted a star player without affecting the cap space.
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