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Podcast: What are the Lakers chances of opening up max space after the Anthony Davis trade?

Rob Pelinka has his hands full in trying to acquire a third star after trading for Anthony Davis.

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The Anthony Davis trade is now officially the “trade that will never die.” It seems once or twice a day now, we get some new update about the status of some intricate detail about the trade. Today’s podcasts sort through the updates and give you a broader-scale picture of where the Los Angeles Lakers can go from here.

The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast

On the latest episode of the Silver Screen and Roll Podcast, Harrison Faigen was joined by Sasha Ashall to discuss something that has seemingly gone overlooked in the Lakers’ trade for Anthony Davis: That despite some real long-term risks, it was still an incredibly exciting and good move for the team, and should be talked about as such before getting into assets that may never matter.

Then, mid-episode, news broke that the Lakers are trying to expand the deal to open up max cap space to sign another star free agent to team with LeBron James and Davis. If they can actually do so, it will further drive home just how good of a move this trade was.

You can listen to the episode below, and for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. If you do subscribe, check out this tweet for how you could win a Lonzo Ball jersey.

Locked on Lakers

Before throwing to the conversation I had with Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, I riffed a bit on that report (that I’m still not fully convinced was a report) that painted a picture in which Kawhi Leonard has basically already made up his mind about the Lakers. Nothing against Adrian Wojnarowski, I just find it hard to believe anyone can really know anything about Leonard’s intentions given how little he’s ever said. Like, ever.

From there, I toss to the conversation I had with Pincus, in which he explained to me the minutiae of the Davis trade and how little we still probably know about the deal as it stands right now. It’s always important to understand there are aspects of stories you don’t know (see above), and be careful to assume stuff.

Pincus also explained the differences in execution dates and what the Lakers could do to open up more cap space just in case David Griffin refuses to push the execution date back on this trade. There is a ton of information to go over so I did my best to just get out of Eric’s way.

He also gives me a hard time about the Lakers’ chances at Chris Paul. Because he’s a meanie-head.

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.

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