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Podcast: Why a P.J. Tucker trade is basically impossible for the Lakers

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It would be really hard for the Lakers to get P.J. Tucker without the Rockets buying him out.

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The Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors in a 128-97 drubbing on Monday night, and we’re ready to break it down. On the latest episode of “Lakers, Explained” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — co-hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin dove into the game.

First, both hosts wanted to apologize to Montrezl Harrell for underrating what he brings at times. He showed his value against the Warriors, and has made progress on defense lately. Then they praised Kyle Kuzma after the latest sign of his own improvements against Golden State. How much juice those two are giving the Lakers right now cannot be overstated.

After all that, in the second half of the show, Harrison and Anthony got into why the Lakers making a trade for P.J. Tucker — they’re rumored to still be talking to the Rockets — work is a lot less likely than them adding him in the buyout market because of how complicated a deal would be. Plus, is such a deal even a good idea? Harrison broke down all the crazy level of machinations that would be required to make a trade that isn’t 1-for-1 work to outline how hard it would be for Rob Pelinka and the front office to get it done.

Finally, the two wrapped up the show by getting you ready for the second night of the back-to-back against an awful Minnesota Timberwolves by trying to get Anthony to name their coach and starting lineup. He did better than Charles Barkley does in “Who He Play For?”, but only marginally so.

You can listen to all that and more on our latest episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you don’t miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen, and Anthony @AnthonyIrwinLA.