The Los Angeles Lakers have their issues in the front office. This is already known.
So it was not a big surprise that the decision to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans culminated in Los Angeles failing to have a max contract spot to offer a free agent.
Arguments can be made about whether general manager Rob Pelinka and Co. actually know the rules. We’re going to assume they do.
At issue here is the $4 million trade kicker Davis is owed after the trade. He has an ability to waive it, a move that would help Los Angeles create a max-contract spot in free agency.
Common logics leads us to believe that Los Angeles is not entitled to Davis waiving the kicker. But is he showing himself to be less than a team player about a week into his unofficial tenure as a member of the Lakers?