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He doesn't move the needle, the Guard the Lakers will meet in the buyout market

By James Brown

He doesn't move the needle, the Guard the Lakers will meet in the buyout market

The LA Lakers didn't make a move in the trade deadline but are looking to be aggressive in the buyout market, this is their first move

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With the Lakers roster having their 15th open spot, the front office led by GM Rob Pelinka is now looking to get use of it in the buyout market as the organization is planning to be aggressive after not making a single move in the NBA's trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Lakers are among the front runners to sign guard Spencer Dinwiddie when he clears waivers, sources tell ESPN. The 30-year-old L.A. native averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 assists for BKN this season.

Now, according to NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic: "Spencer Dinwiddie met with Dallas yesterday and will meet the Lakers today or tomorrow." The Lakers have a slight advantage over other NBA teams, and that's some extra money thanks to holding it by not giving Gabe Vincent full MLE.

LAL pitch to players on the buyout market, in this case to Dinwiddie will be something like: We are built for the playoffs, be a part of that. We can offer $1.5m prorated because of the money we held onto when not giving Vincent full MLE. Other teams can only offer $1m prorated. The other advantage LA has over Dallas or other teams with Spencer is that the PG is an LA native. Even if the Lakers are able to land the PG, Spencer doesn't move the needle but will give Ham other options in the point guard position.

Rob Pelinka explained why they didn't make any moves at the NBA's trade deadline

“We talked a lot about continuity at the beginning of the season,” Pelinka said. “We really like the players on our team and we’re confident in this group of players. Of course, that said, our job, my job, is to always look for ways to upgrade our roster. But you can’t buy a house that’s not for sale. We spent a lot of time looking for ways to use assets to make our team better. But the right move wasn’t there."


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