Just because the Los Angeles Lakers are defending NBA champions doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels and expect to repeat with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the helm. Between key players like Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely opting out, Western Conference contenders like the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers continuing to improve, and uncertainty swarming the basketball world amid an ongoing pandemic, the Purple and Gold can’t afford to get too comfortable if they want to bring home another Larry O’Brien Trophy. There are moves yet to be made, including a potential blockbuster trade for another superstar confidant of LeBron’s: All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin break down the keys to the Lakers’ offseason. Our co-hosts tip things off by looking at what AD, Rondo and KCP could earn by declining the options on their respective contracts for 2020-21. Is The Brow bound to re-sign in LA long-term, or just long enough to up the terms of another max deal? Can Rajon find a bigger payday elsewhere? Will KCP have his home state of Georgia on his mind?
Eric and Josh then get into the nitty gritty of bringing CP3 into the mix. How much (if any) of their meaningful depth would the Lakers have to give up to make a deal work? What part will upcoming decisions for JaVale McGee and Avery Bradley play in that process? Would a package built around Kyle Kuzma, a first-round pick and movable contracts be enough to entice the Oklahoma City Thunder to send their star back to the City of Angels?
All that, plus a preview of Eric’s breakdown of the Lakers’ Luol Deng conundrum, on the latest edition of #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – Lakers’ Offseason Overview
16:22 – Sacrificing For Chris Paul?
29:59 – CP3 Trade Package
45:22 – OKC’s View, Luol Deng News