4 Contracts the Lakers shed…

4 Contracts the Lakers must shed during the offseason

The Los Angeles Lakers have set their sights on bolstering the roster, in hopes of landing a superstar. Granted, as of now, they don’t have any assurance of what LeBron James will do, as it pertains to his player option, but the best way to ensure he stays is to surround him with a formidable roster.

This will be a difficult feat, as their salary cap sheet paints the picture of a team needing to shed salaries. Let’s take a look at four Lakers players whose contracts need to be absolved this summer.

Rui Hachimura was a valuable acquisition for the Lakers last season, as he instantly gave the Lakers a shot in the arm and helped salvage what seemed to be a lost season.

Now that the dust has settled, his flaws are showing. He’s not consistent on the glass and he doesn’t bring much to the table when his shots aren’t falling. And he’s not a consistent enough scorer.

He’ll have 36 points against the Utah Jazz and eight points against the Golden State Warriors on primetime. He’ll go 1-of-4 from deep and 6-of-8 from deep.

The Lakers need more of a consistent option, especially when LeBron James sits. Hachimura hasn’t proven capable of being that.

However, he inked a three-year deal worth $51 million and is owed $35 million in the next two seasons. He presents ample salary filler for a trade this summer.

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