We knew last week that Yi Jianlian was going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but what we didn’t know was how much he would eventually make over the course of the season. The Lakers officially signed Jianlian on Monday, and thanks to Yahoo Sports’ NBA salary pages, we now know the details of his compensation and how it will affect the cap (h/t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports).
Jianlian is only guaranteed $250,000 of his $8 million salary, and he will count against the Lakers’ cap for the full amount of the latter number. Jianlian’s “likely” incentives are worth $6,860,877 this season, although precisely what those incentives are remain unknown at this time.
The huge amount of non-guaranteed money is essentially a “get out of jail free” card for the Lakers, because it means should things not work out with Jianlian they can waive him with very little financial penalty. The team obviously hopes this deal will work out, but the unconventional structure of it offers them protection if it doesn’t.
Ha! Metta, who was crazy in his youth and can probably still relate to these kids, has developed into a very disciplined vet. At least when it comes to his diet and workouts the young guys can learn something from him. I would not be shocked if he was to take Nick's spot on the roster.
Ingram told Bresnahan that summer reps in the gym have helped him adjust to the further NBA three-point line, a crucial development if he wants to reach his full potential. Arguably more important for the Lakers, however, is Ingram coming into his own on the other end of the floor.
Ingram says he’s gotten some help in that department from new Lakers training camp addition, Metta World Peace, whom he’s been working out with for the last few weeks.
"He's talked to me a lot about just using my length and how good I can be defensively at moving my feet," Ingram said. "He's just giving me pointers every single day."
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed veteran forward Metta World Peace, who will attempt to win a roster spot for his 17th NBA season.
The Lakers announced the deal Friday.
The 36-year-old World Peace returned to the Lakers last season after winning a title during his first four years with the franchise from 2009-13. He appeared in 35 games last year, largely serving as a veteran leader and mentor during the worst season in Lakers history.
World Peace has played in 966 games for six NBA teams during his career, which began with Chicago in 1999. He was an All-Star and the NBA's defensive player of the year in 2004.
He then received the longest suspension in NBA history in late 2004 for his role in the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl, but he has become a model teammate and leader who received the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2011.
The Lakers have 20 players on coach Luke Walton's first roster as they head to training camp in Santa Barbara next week.
Tough couple days to say the least. I just felt the need to come back to this place where we spent so much time talking about the joys Kobe brought us. May all 9 rest in peace.
Sending my BBB.net brethren a hug today. Even you, Basel.
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