Dwight Howard's departure to the Houston Rockets might keep Pau Gasol with the Lakers another year, but will the financial savings be enough to save others?
Metta World Peace, who helped push the Lakers past the Boston Celtics for the 2010 title, could be the next casualty.
Between July 10 and 16, the Lakers have a window to use their one-time amnesty.
The team has only four players who are eligible: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and World Peace. Bryant and now Gasol are safe. Blake is worth the final $4 million on his contract.
The question will be World Peace and the $7.7 million he's owed, which would come off the Lakers' salary cap and luxury tax computation.