The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and only one of Los Angeles’ pro basketball teams got in on the action. The Clippers slung some of their assets into Marcus Morris, while the Lakers stood pat with a group that’s touted spectacular chemistry around LeBron James and Anthony Davis from the start of the 2019-20 season. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Purple and Gold won’t see any new faces between now and the playoffs—or that the Clippers are done fiddling with their roster, given both their remaining needs and open roster spots.
Now that the dust has settled, join Hollywood Hoops to get a feel for what happened and what’s next when it comes to the city’s title contenders. On this week’s episode, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin break down what the Clippers got (and didn’t get) in their new Morris twin and how “Mook” could impact his squad’s matchup with the Lakers. Our co-hosts also consider why the 16-time champions didn’t make a move (hint: they’ve been talking about it for weeks, and it has to do with Kyle Kuzma and stacking salaries).
Then, Eric and Josh take a magnifying glass to the free agent market to figure out how the Lakers and Clippers might fill their remaining holes. With Darren Collison staying retired, would veterans like Jamal Crawford, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert—who have been available for months—make sense for either team? What about waived players like Dion Waiters? Who else could join the buyout crowd (we’re looking at you, Moe Harkless and Reggie Jackson)? And with the Chinese Basketball Association’s season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, could any of that league’s familiar faces (like, say, Lance Stephenson) land in LA?
Our co-hosts break down all of that, along with shoutouts to the local players heading to All-Star Weekend in Chicago and USA Basketball training camp this summer, in the latest #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – Clippers Trade, Lakers Stay
17:43 – Who’s Left After Darren Collison?
28:26 – Explaining Buyouts and Free Agents
46:00 – Moe Harkless, All-Star and Team USA