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Podcast: How the Lakers are winning free agency

On paper, the Lakers look even better than they did last season.

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The Los Angeles Lakers just can’t stop winning. After being crowned champions of the NBA in October, the Lakers haven’t missed a beat in the November free agency window, signing Wesley Matthews, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol for a combined $15.3 million. You can’t even do that in NBA 2K21.

On today’s episode of “Can U Dig It?” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — your hosts Christian Rivas and Jacob Rude discussed the Lakers’ offseason to date, starting with their trade Dennis Schröder. Schröder, last season’s runner-up for Sixth Man of the Year, will come in and provide a nice scoring punch for the Lakers, but he’s not expected to make the same impact on the defensive end that Danny Green did last season. For that reason, the Lakers signed Matthews, who’s more of a like-for-like Green replacement than Schröder is, and very well could start for the team during the upcoming season.

The Lakers also signed the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Montrezl Harrell. Harrell isn’t going to be the same defensive force that Dwight Howard was for the Lakers season, but he won’t need to be after the team signed Marc Gasol to a two-year contract for the veteran’s minimum on Sunday. The roster is perfectly balanced, and they still have four roster spots to fill out. Rob Pelinka is an early favorite for Executive of the Year. Not bad for the guy who already built a championship team just last season.

You can listen to the entire episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you never miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can also follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas, and Jacob at @JacobRude.

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