The Lakers are Far Ahead of Predictions, Clippers Right on Pace (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin update the ongoing discussion around Kyle Kuzma the Player vs. Kyle Kuzma the Trade Chip. Should the Lakers dangle him in their search for a more veteran player (or two) to shore up their squad as the championship chase builds?

Can they find the help they need without sacrificing their best young prospect? After seeing Kuz go off against the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, is he ready to make a meaningful impact on a title run in his third season as a pro?

The Clippers, too, could be looking to make a splash, given how inconsistent they’ve been this season. Could a former All-Star like Andre Drummond or (gasp!) Chris Paul be what the team needs to snap out of its midseason malaise and make a serious run for the Larry O’Brien Trophy? Or should the Clippers stand pat and allow the talented roster they already have the time it needs to get healthy and gel together?

Our co-hosts also look back at their preseason predictions to see how they match up (or don’t) with the actual results from the Lakers and Clippers thus far. As it turns out, Eric and Josh were spot on with one of Staples Center’s tenants and well off from the other…but which one is which?

Finally, we wrap things up by reviewing the news around the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and what it means to basketball as a whole to what it tells us about the future of the women’s game.

00:00 – Kuzma News
19:41 – Lakers at Midseason
31:33 – Clippers at the Half
49:32 – WNBA’s New CBA

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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