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Podcast: How to make it through all of these Lakers free agency rumors with your sanity

The off months in the NBA have become a second season. Between free agency, trade speculation, draft predictions and everything else, it’s hard to figure out what’s real.

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At some point, the NBA became a year-round sport. There is no offseason except for maybe August and now, arguably, more attention is paid to transactions than the actual action taking place on the court. The countless free agency rumors, sources, reporters and hours spent speculating on everything is enough to drive anyone insane.

Well, I’m here to help.

On today’s show, I take you through dealing with the way the NBA is covered nowadays, with something of a best practices on how to get through an NBA “offseason.“ Fair warning: This isn‘t foolproof. In fact, most would argue that I myself am something of a fool. Others might have different systems, but I’ll take you through what works for me.

It all starts with wondering who is best served when anything is leaked. Does a former executive want to make sure the moves that led to them now being “former executive” look a little better with a little spin? Does a current executive think they can tweak the news cycle to their benefit? Does an agent think a small little leak here and there might put one of their clients in a better spot and thus secure their services just a little longer? All that needs to be taken into account.

Next, and this is kind of unfortunate, but you really have to consider the source. Who is providing this information? Have you heard of them before? Where is their stuff usually published? Have they hit on a report previously? What’s their ratio of hits to misses? Sure, no one is perfect, but once someone has missed more often than they’ve hit, it’s probably past time to starting being dubious about their trustability.

There’s a ton more to this and I get into everything in more detail, but those are the two best places to start.

I also briefly touch on Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

As per usual, you can listen to the full conversation below and if you don’t want to miss future episodes, make sure to subscribe on iTunes.