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Podcast: Can the Lakers front office check all of Kawhi’s boxes?

As the entire basketball world waits to see where Kawhi Leonard will go in free agency, the Lakers front office has been tasked with proving they can provide what the star desires — which includes staying quiet.

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Although the Lakers have been relatively quiet in the opening few days of free-agency, it has been for good reason, as that Kawhi Leonard guy is still available.

Reportedly born out of the belief they are “firmly in the lead” among the rest of the competition in acquiring the recent Finals MVP’s services, the Lakers have had to prove they are an organization capable of earning Leonard’s trust by keeping private matters tight-lipped. Our latest podcast discusses all that and more.

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Proving more difficult to solve than a rubik’s cube, trying to decipher where Leonard decides to play next has been a fool’s errand. One aspect of this process that has begun to be made clear is Leonard’s camp preferring these negotiations between the final suitors be kept in house and out of the media.

If ignoring the whole Magic Johnson phone call dialogue, the Lakers have done a surprisingly solid job in upholding that request, which is a good start in showing Leonard they are a team that can check every box he is looking for.

In the latest episode of the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast, Alex Padilla and I discussed what other boxes the Lakers will need to check for Leonard, and where they stand in this regard compared to the Clippers and Raptors.

Also discussed on today’s show was the team’s actual free agent signees, if the players targeted potentially indicate a shift in the front office’s approach, and how Leonard’s former college head coach may play a role in his decision to join the Lakers.

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.

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