The Los Angeles Lakers gave fans quite the Father’s Day weekend present in acquiring Anthony Davis, but it wouldn’t be a Lakers deal if there wasn’t some extra drama to freak out about. Today’s shows react not just to the trade, but also a detail that could put this offseason in jeopardy.
Silver Screen & Roll Podcast
Our long national nightmare is over, because the Lakers finally traded for Anthony Davis. Harrison Faigen was joined by Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) of earlybirdrights.com to talk about all the fallout from the deal, and they started by discussing how much the Lakers gave up. It was a lot, but it was also probably pretty close to the exact price the team had to pay when considering all the context.
The complication of the deal, however, is the timing. Because the Lakers and Pelicans appear set to consummate the trade on July 6, the Lakers may lose out on the ability to offer a max contract in free agency, for reasons explained here. Jeff and Harrison debated what that might mean, whether or not it says anything about the Lakers’ ability to negotiate, and why even with all that considered, the deal was still the right call.
Locked on Lakers
We can’t just have nice things, it turns out. On today’s podcast, Pete and I start by explaining just why today’s update on the Davis trade was such a gut-punch. What this all comes down to is a lack of trust with those involved, and it’s hard to root for a team run by people you just don’t quite believe in.
Still, there are ways to make even this latest mistake work, so we try to figure out what that might look like.
To end the show, we open up the post-Davis mailbag to answer your questions. A really fun one is how we’ll define success as a result of this trade. You can listen to the entire episode below, and make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.