After awaiting and dramatically missing out on Kawhi Leonard during free agency, the Lakers have swiftly changed course and filled out all but one spot on their roster.
With the new-look team now all but complete, today’s episodes revolves around analyzing each of the team’s recent signings and how they now stack up in a suddenly wide-open Western Conference.
Silver Screen & Roll Podcast
The Alex’s (Padilla and Regla) start and spend the majority of this week’s show handing out letter grades for each of the Lakers’ pick ups, which does include a few A’s and F’s, before giving their thoughts on if this current iteration of the team has what it takes to contend this season.
Also discussed this week are a few likely positional battles that now have arisen ahead of training camp, the encouraging approach the front office has taken in free agency and why Alex Caruso (aka Carusgawd) needs to get regular minutes this upcoming season.
You can listen to the latest episode below, 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, Pete and I return to talking about basketball, for a change. It was nice!
We started by discussing LeBron James at the point and how best to surround him with the talent that takes advantage of this strategy without making things too difficult on the defensive end. This led to us outlining how we’d prefer to see the rotation put together, an exercise that highlights just how much sense this roster makes — especially compared to last year’s.
From there, we turned out attention to the buyout market and how it might look as we get further into the season. It’s fair to wonder whether the Lakers might be smart to open up an extra roster spot to take advantage of some of the quality players who might become available.
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.