It was yet another eventful day for the Los Angeles Lakers, despite heading into the 2019 NBA Draft with no picks to utilize. Today’s podcasts react to the draft, as well as the latest on an ever-evolving situation having to do with Rob Pelinka and the Anthony Davis trade.
Silver Screen & Roll Podcast
In this episode, Jas is joined by Jacob Rude. The big news from the NBA Draft was that the Lakers picked Virginia forward, De’Andre Hunter with the No. 4 pick, which we all thought was going to New Orleans as part of the Anthony Davis trade. But, the Pelicans ended up making a deal with the Atlanta, sending Hunter to the Hawks.
With this move, the focus shifts to if the Hawks are willing to absorb the contracts of Isaac Bonga, Jermerrio Jones and Moe Wagner. If they’re willing to play ball, the Lakers would be able to open up a max slot. Jacob and Jas get into if the Lakers should go that route, or use the cap space to acquire more veteran depth.
Following that, the guys get into who could be potential targets for the Lakers in free agency, and how they can fill out the roster under both scenarios, as well as discussing the potential of the Lakers signing players to one-year deals and then looking to bring in another big name in 2020.
To wrap things up Jacob and Jas breakdown the Lakers selection of Talen Horton-Tucker at No. 46 after trading a future pick and cash to the Orlando Magic.
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Locked on Lakers
Today’s show starts with the latest on Rob Pelinka now seeming to have known at least on some level what was going on with the trade execution date and the coverage of this entire story. How could such a gap between stories exist like this? Pete and I explain.
From there, we focus on the draft the Lakers had, which, quite frankly, was an almost objective success given the restrictions they were working with. Horton-Tucker seems to be a steal and won’t affect their cap sheet. Both sound great to me.
Finally, we make some predictions from what we both think will be a fun weekend.
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