This Lakers-Spurs trade pairs DeMar DeRozan with LeBron James, Anthony Davis

DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA Rumors
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Los Angeles Lakers Receive: DeMar DeRozan

San Antonio Spurs Receive: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, 2022 1st Round Pick

This trade scenario features the Los Angeles Lakers making a play for DeMar DeRozan by sending the San Antonio Spurs a combination of Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, and a future 1st round selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Lakers would likely take on the $27.7 million in salary owed to DeRozan if he were to pick up his player option. It’s the cleanest way for him to navigate landing with a team that doesn’t have much cap space while the Spurs would be able to get something in return.

The Spurs would take on roughly $18.9 million in salary between Kuzma ($3.5 million) and Green ($15.3 million). Both players are on expiring deals, but Kuzma will be a restricted free agent next offseason— helping San Antonio to potentially retain him.

Let’s take a look at the rationale for both the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers in regards to why this deal makes sense.