The Lakers could just waive Bazemore and Jordan, but sending them out with cash and then signing new players to prorated veteran’s minimum contracts would actually save them luxury tax dollars, which, from what we can tell, is a priority for this regime. In other words, waiving Bazemore and/or Jordan will likely be a last resort for Pelinka and Co.
Fortunately, there are reasons to believe that it won’t come that.
As bad as Bazemore’s been for the Lakers, he stills technically fits the mold of a 3-and-D player, and a team looking to fill that need on a budget might be willing to take him and Jordan on for some cash. For teams not looking to compete this season, the cash should be enough — $4.4 million is a good chunk of change.
Nothing is for certain until both teams agree to it, though, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Lakers through the trade deadline on Feb. 10. - https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/