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Mailbag Podcast: If no Kawhi Leonard next summer, then what for the Lakers?

The Lakers seem confident that Kawhi Leonard might be coming next summer. But what options might they have if he stays in Toronto?

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On today’s mailbag episode of “Locked on Lakers,” I try to get to as many questions as my voice could handle, coming back from sickness. Speaking of sickness, let’s talk about the center rotation for the Los Angeles Lakers!

I kid, I kid.

Really, though. One thought that had lodged itself in the back of my mind (and I’m not alone in this) is how weird the rotation is. That just can’t be a mistake. It’s just too glaring for that to be the case. Perhaps Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and the rest of the Lakers front office has committed to a completely positionless team and will roll with as many small-ball lineups as they possibly can.

Speaking of center options, one question pertained to Chris Bosh and how his health might be coming along. Was he ever a viable option before the Lakers filled out their roster? I grab from my own experiences with heart issues to explain why the risk will probably never be worth the potential reward for either Bosh or the team he plays for.

Another fun question was regarding point guard options who might find themselves on the trade market this season. If you had to choose between Damian Lillard, John Wall or Kemba Walker, who would you choose, regardless of cap situation. I answer that both factoring in their cap cost and without it and would be interested to see how you feel about the question too.

Another fun topic covered in the show has been how differently the front office goes about additions on the free agent market versus what they seem to prioritize in the draft. Yes, there are two very different teams making those decisions, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

I cover all that and plenty more.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.

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