CLEVELAND -- Must be nice to be the Lakers, who are no less of a championship contender after Saturday's cap-clearing trade that sent Vladimir Radmanovic's albatross of a contract to Charlotte for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.
The straight math from the deal: It impacts the Lakers' rotational plans very little for the rest of this season, but impacts their financial picture quite significantly going forward. They save $1.2 million next season, which is actually $2.4 million because they're a tax-paying team. If they're unimpressed with Morrison, the disappointing former No. 3 overall pick, and don't extend him a qualifying offer in 2010, the trade trims $6.9 million from their 2010-11 cap.
It's not enough to make Cleveland fans nervous that Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak are clearing cap space for a run at LeBron James in 17 months, but it's a start.
In the Orange County Register's Lakers blog, Kevin Ding says Kupchak doesn't expect to make any more deals before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, meaning no big man to replace the injured Andrew Bynum.