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Podcast: Talking Lakers 2021 cap space, LeBron James, player empowerment and more

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The way LeBron James has affected the way the league runs could be good news for the Lakers in 2021.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are set up to be really good this season, but how long they can keep that going will be dependent on a few factors. Chief among those is keeping Anthony Davis in purple and gold when he enters unrestricted free agency this summer, but another factor will be how well the Lakers can make use of their cap space in 2021.

On Monday, the league gave an update on those projected cap numbers, and given how little new stuff about this coming season there is to talk about just yet with training camp still around two weeks away, Anthony and I discussed what we think that means for the team and who we think they’re mostly likely to get that summer on the latest episode of “The Lake Show” on the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed.

After that, we discussed Draymond Green’s comments on the way LeBron James has affected how much power NBA players have over the league now. Anthony and I agreed that on the aggregate things have moved in the right direction, but also discussed possible unintended consequences from the way the league is trending, and the history of stars altering the NBA’s history like this. Where things go from here is going to be fascinating to watch over the next several seasons.

Finally, we opened up the mailbag to take your questions — and complaints— before ultimately wrapping up the show with the latest wisdom from the Byron Scott Book Club. This was a fun one, and you can listen to the full episode and subscribe to it on the platform of your choice below:

For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.