NBA trade deadline Live-reaction blog

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Yossi Gozlan
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HoopsHype’s salary cap expert Yossi Gozlan is providing updates and reactions on each major event at the trade deadline.

12:37 AM ET: Cory Joseph and two second-round picks for Delon Wright

Detroit is getting value for Delon Wright, who has had a nice bounceback season, while also creating flexibility for this summer. In fact, it appears that they might be trying to create cap space for this offseason. Cory Joseph has a $12.6 million salary but is only guaranteed for $2.4 million in 2021-22. If they waive him, they could get to the $12-14 million range for cap space, assuming they get a top 3 draft pick and they cut both Joseph and Rodney McGruder, who is completely non-guaranteed. That still isn't enough cap space to actually utilize, so look for them to possibly trade another player on the books for next season. If they can get to the $20 million range, then they can make a run at someone. Sacramento must view Wright as a part of their future to give up two second-rounders for him. Despite adding him, he doesn't interfere with potential cap space because they weren't projected to have any anyways. The Kings also create a $3.6 million trade exception in this trade.

Wednesday, 4:21 PM ET: Woj: Lakers potential suitor for Kyle Lowry

Wow. This is a surprising development. According to Adrian Wojnarowski on the Woj & Lowe program, the Lakers are interested in Kyle Lowry. The Lakers could certainly make a competitive offer that matches or surpasses what Miami and Philadelphia are offering. Their most valuable chips include upcoming restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker and their 2027 first-round pick. Matching salaries makes this a difficult task for the Lakers. They are just $1.51 million below the hard cap, meaning they essentially have to trade equal or more salary than Lowry’s $30.5 million. The salaries that get close include Dennis Schroeder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Are the Lakers willing to trim their depth for a bit more star power? And are those two players along with additional incentives too much? It certainly seems that way which makes this pursuit feel like a stretch.

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