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The Lakers scramble to build their roster

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost out on Kawhi Leonard and had to spend the cap space reserved for him fast. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee will return to the Lakers to join LeBron James and Co. Not much of a plan B.

According to Ramona Shelburne (ESPN), Caldwell-Pope signed a new contract for two years and $16 million and Danny Green, according to Shams Charania, committed to the Lakers for two years and $30 million.

Green's move came just minutes after it was clear Leonard decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers and the team's trade to acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green, who said he would wait until Kawhi had made his free-agency decision, had also reportedly been considering either joining the Dallas Mavericks or returning to Toronto. The shooting guard ultimately did not choose the Mavs or Raptors, but the Lakers, who have a better chance of winning a title.

JaVale McGee also remains loyal to the Lakers and has signed for two years. He will earn $8.2 million during this period. According to information from Shelburne, the contract includes a player option for McGee for the coming year.

All agreements came only minutes after the announcement of Kawhi Leonard, who decided for the Clippers. The Claw signed with the Lakers city rivals for four years and 142 million dollars and also Paul George came by trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers.

The Lakers had hoped for Leonard until the end and therefore did not want to burden their Cap Space further. When it became clear that Kawhi did not want to sign for the Lakers, LeBron's team distributed the money to other free agents. According to Bobby Marks (ESPN), the Lakers still have $11.5 million available for potential free agents.

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