NBA Rumors: Lakers may avoid giving out maximum contract this offseason

November 15, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak (left) sits next to new head coach Mike D

The Los Angeles Lakers will have plenty of money to spend this offseason, assuming they don’t acquire any additional salary before the trade deadline.

That will afford them the opportunity to sign a maximum contract player if they so incline, but it’s possible they may wait until the 2015 season according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Per NBA.com:

MT: With Bryant locked in for the next two years, there is still space for a max player both this coming summer and the next. But in theory, if you like players you think would be up in 2015 and 2016, would you want to avoid giving a maximum contract this coming summer for a player you aren’t sure you want for five years?

Kupchak: That’s right.

Not much of an elaborate answer from the Lakers GM, but a telling one.

The Lakers understandably don’t know what LeBron James is going to do this offseason and if they truly have their sights set on obtaining him, they may opt to wait another year before eating into their cap.

The 2015 offseason will also feature a handful of other premier talents that could potentially hit free agency like Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and more.

It’s not like the Lakers to be patient, but this might be one time doing so would serve them well.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers

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