Mondays mean mailbags on Locked on Lakers and, as per usual, the listeners came through in a big way with some really fun questions that took the show all over the place — including a hypothetical in which Lance Stephenson saved my dog, Cali.
We start the show with a hypothetical trade involving Kemba Walker, and whether the Lakers would be able to continue their pursuit of free agents if such a deal came to fruition. Basically, yes, but it would require some creative math and still potentially whichever free agent they do convince to come this summer taking just slightly less. There’s plenty of talk about free agents on this show so I’ll come back to this.
Trades of a smaller scale became the topic of conversation next. Trevor Ariza is off the board, so what’s next for the Lakers’ options if they want to add another wing? There are a couple names who come to mind, but Ariza isn’t completely off the Lakers’ radar — not by a long shot.
I then turned my attention to Lonzo Ball’s shooting. A listener asked if it makes sense for Ball to reconfigure his shot. It’s fair to be concerned, because it’s just tough to look at that shooting form and think it’s replicable enough for him to ever be consistent. Still, there aren’t many (read: any) players in NBA history who completely changed their shot with any success.
Any improvements are going to come in the form of minor tweaks and maybe, over time, Ball can be a reliable shooter. But those hoping that he ever completely rethinks his shooting form probably shouldn’t get their hopes up — especially so long as the Lakers don’t employ a shooting coach.
Questions take us all over the place from here. As I promised, we got back to the topic of free agents the Lakers seem to think they have a chance at, and what to watch for so long as they continue to believe in themselves in that regard.
This is a small portion of the discussion and, as per usual, more context is needed to understand the topics covered. Listen to the full episode below and subscribe on iTunes to ensure you don’t miss anything moving forward or to ask your own questions.