Every contract in free agency this offseason is going to be an overpay. With the rapid ascent of the cap, teams had more money to spend than they knew what to do with.
Even with that said, the four-year deals the Lakers just handed out to Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng were widely seen as more generous than most, which left many fans hoping the final years of the two deals would be team options.
That isn’t the case, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, who reported on Twitter Saturday afternoon that both Mozgov and Deng’s contracts did not have options in any of the four years. While it’s still unknown if all of the years on the deals are fully guaranteed or not, in this market it seems more likely they are.
It appears to be a near certainty that both of these contracts won’t look great in the last one to two years as both players approach their mid-thirties, but the Lakers were always going to have to overpay players to join a 17-win team. Fans will just have to hope that the Lakers young core has improved enough by then that they’ll be able to ably pick up the slack.
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