But by virtue of having full Bird rights on both Horton-Tucker and Caruso, the team can go over the cap and pay more than that to either player. Basically, there is no cost other than dollars to retain either or both, as the Lakers’ limited cap space won’t be affected either way. Letting either player walk for nothing would be losing a more valuable player than they can likely get on the market for no real reason beyond saving money on payroll.
Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry highlight the 2021 NBA free agents class, although Leonard is expected to re-sign with the Clippers.
DeRozan and Lowry proved to be one of the best duos in the history of the team, although their time together came to an abrupt end thanks to the infamous Kawhi Leonard trade that ultimately won the Raptors the NBA title. Since that time, DeRozan has been playing the San Antonio Spurs and it has become a foregone conclusion that he would leave the team during his upcoming free agency. DeRozan has plenty of suitors out there, and he has the ability to pick and choose where he ultimately ends up.