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Can Lakers snag two stars? Teams with big cap space ahead of 2018 offseason

Can Lakers snag two stars? Teams with big cap space ahead of 2018 offseason
Published On: Wed, Oct 11
Apr 11, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters (3) dunks the ball agains tLos Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 offseason is shaping up to have a few different dynamics from recent summers, with one of the biggest changes being a significant reduction in the number of teams with serious cap space.

While there are other franchises that can clear significant space, including the Spurs, Knicks, Suns, Nets and Kings, these look like the most likely major players in the 2018 offseason.

Lakers " $34.7 million

The highest profile 2018 team for a good reason, as they can absolutely clear enough salary cap space for two max players if the situation presents itself. That said, it will take some serious actions even after their huge June trade sending DAngelo Russell to Brooklyn as incentive for them to take on Timofey Mozgovs massive remaining contract.

The Lakers front office will have to be somewhat flexible because how much space they have to clear depends on which players say yes next summer. The NBA has different maximum salaries depending on time spent in the league, so LeBron James would have a different, larger price tag than Paul George. If they get the wonderful problem of having to unload salary to add in elite talent, the smaller group of teams with significant cap space will likely make LAs process costlier in terms of assets.

Since the Lakers do not have their own first-round pick this season, they also have less variability in their current cap space estimate than most of the other teams in the discussion.

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