Surprise, surprise. Rob Pelinka might have gotten the short end of the stick in another trade.
While the Lakers deserves some pats on the back for finally giving LeBron James help by acquiring another superstar in Anthony Davis, David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans look set up perfectly for the future given the avalanche of draft picks the Lakers gave them alongside Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. Thanks to these trades, the Pelicans basically control the Lakers' draft until 2025.
But you're wrong if you thought that was the end of it. You've probably been seeing reports of the Lakers "scrambling" to create cap space before the start of free agency, and now we know why. Griffin CLEARLY took advantage of Pelinka and the Lakers overlooking that aspect of the trade.
This has forced Pelinka and the Lakers to do all kinds of gymnastics to try and get under the cap, trying to force the contracts of Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga onto someone else in order to free up space for a max free agent.
It looks like the Lakers' "capologist" could be out of a job now that all this has come to light.
While LeBron and AD are all well and good, two superstars alone isn't enough to contend in the West. Thanks to this trade, the Lakers only have five players under contract, with James and Davis' contracts eating up a lot of their cap.