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Podcast: Lakers can’t overplay their hand in Anthony Davis trade negotiations

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So far, so good for the Lakers in their hopes of landing Anthony Davis. Now, all Rob Pelinka has to do is, well, not go full Pelinka. You never go full Pelinka.

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Anthony Davis appears to be back on (or is still on, depending on your view of the situation) the trade block despite his meeting last week with David Griffin, VP of Basketball Operations of the New Orleans Pelicans. The packaging of these reports is what matters though, as we explain in today’s podcasts.

Silver Screen & Roll Podcast

Harrison and I start the podcast by ... watching him open a bottle of carbonated water. He almost did so without spilling. We’re all quite proud.

Once that was all cleaned up, though, we focused our attention on the latest surrounding New Orleans’ attempts at situating themselves as well they can to move Davis, who doesn’t seem to have changed his stance on where he wouldn’t like to play next season. Again, what’s important here is how he let’s New Orleans handle this situation.

So long as Davis and his camp approach his request in a more mature manner, the Lakers have a better chance at landing him than they did at the trade deadline last season. All they have to do is find a way not to piss of the Pelicans to the point where they once again push away from the negotiating table.

Fortunately, the Lakers don’t employ a single person who is so grating that basically no one in the NBA trusts him.

We also discuss the Lakers’ hirings of Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd, who range from uninspiring to maddening. Listen below for our entire conversation and, for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

On today’s episode of the show, I welcomed back Pete. We talked about Lakers stuff, but quite frankly, it was just really cool just to have one of the best people you’ll hope to meet in this industry back.

We talked about the aforementioned Davis situation, as well as the Hollins and Kidd hires. We also outlined what kind of approach the Laker should utilize in negotiating with New Orleans and what starting place makes sense if the Lakers are to make an offer for the all-pro center.

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.