Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen in the world and we are obviously excited to have reached this point in the process in which he has committed to the Kings long term, GM Rob Blake said.
Doughty makes $7 million against the cap next season, and the Kings are right under the ceiling with just over $3 million under the cap, per Cap Friendly. Next season, Doughty’s number will increase to $11 million against the cap, meaning the team will have $27.25 million in cap space tied into three players: Doughty, Anze Kopitar ($10 million average annual value through 2024) and Ilya Kovalchuk ($6.25 million through 2021).
The 2019-20 season will present a challenge if the there are no additional moves, as the Kings will have $74 million against the cap for 15 players. But then things get a little more flexible: Dion Phaneuf will have one year left Womens Jersey on his deal ($5.25 million), as will Kovalchuk. Dustin Brown ($5.87 million) and Jeff Carter ($5,272,727 million) are both signed through 2022; the latter has no trade protection in his contract.
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3a) And congrats to the Mystics’ Mike Thibault, who became the first coach in WNBA history to win his 300thgame in the league last week, a big road triumph over the L.A. Sparks.
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This doesn’t guarantee Kawhi Leonard is going to the Lakers this week — since San Antonio could always trade him elsewhere and/or drag things out — but league sources say of the Spurs: They’re ready to move on from Kawhi