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Podcast: Can the Lakers swing deals for LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard?

The Lakers have a lot on the line this summer, but Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James would go a long way in bringing them back.

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Just a nice, quiet summer, they said. You’ll get sleep, they said. You can have friends, they said! An offseason featuring a LeBron James free agency decision, Paul George choosing between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers and Kawhi Leonard hating the San Antonio Spurs is off to as wild a start as you’d expect.

So to try to make any sense that we possibly can of this entire situation, I welcomed Matt Moore of The Action Network.

To start the show, we try to figure out what the various leaks mean, where they might be coming from and the potential goal in mind as those leaks become public. One thing to keep in mind as a general rule: Just because reports might seem to contradict each other, that doesn’t necessarily mean either report (or piece of the report) might be any more or less true than the other.

The conversation loosely turned to the situation itself. The Spurs, an organization noted for their stability going on three decades now, might have to send a legitimate top-five talent to the franchise they hate the most to join up with the player (LeBron) that dealt them maybe their toughest loss in team history. Of course they’d be ornery over everything going on.

But would that bitterness lead to them turning down the best trade the market has to offer just to avoid pleasing Kawhi and/or the Lakers?

Matt and I also get into whether there’s any reason to be concerned about trading for a player coming off a potentially devastating injury and this willing to leave a situation as productive as the Spurs have been. Both he and I don’t think this aspect of everything is being talked about enough.

Listen to the full conversation below and as always, please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.