Lakers trade Wagner, others to Wizards; create max salary slot

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The Los Angeles Lakers created a double-dose of good news Thursday, trading reserves Mo Wagner, to the Washington Wizards as part of the Anthony Davis deal to create salary-cap space, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Along with that, Wojnarowski added, Davis has agreed to waive the $4 million trade kicker that was part of his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. The moves will give the Lakers enough wiggle room to sign another maximum-salaried free agent.

"Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has found a way to complete the Davis trade on July 6 with max space to spend on a single free agent -- or divide the money among multiple players," Wojnarowski wrote.

The Lakers reached a deal for Davis earlier this month, when they agreed to send Brandon IngramLonzo BallJosh Hart and three first-round picks back to the Pelicans.

Davis and Lakers star LeBron James are both represented by agent Rich Paul. The entire organization has its work cut out, having missed the playoffs for six straight years and relying on the aging James as its No. 1 option.

But with moves such as the ones Thursday, it's evident the Lakers have a major edge heading into free agency this weekend and could win the offseason by signing another All-Star.

For Washington, former first-round pick Wagner is expected to become an immediate part of the rotation.

The Wizards will send the Pelicans cash as part of the trade, and receive a 2020 second-round draft pick from the Lakers.

"The Lakers are expected to pursue several scenarios in free agency, including Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent now -- and Toronto star Kawhi Leonard," Wojnarowski reported.

"If the Lakers decide to break up the money, they're interested in several combinations of players including Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green, Orlando Magic wing Terrence Ross, Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry and several other free agents with a strong shooting ability."