Things are looking up for the Lakers and Clippers, what with both of LA’s teams riding high in the Western Conference standings. Yet, fans in Los Angeles seem as restless as ever as the 2019-20 NBA season heads into its first full month on the calendar. Anthony Davis is fielding questions about returning to his hometown of Chicago in free agency. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is enduring another round of ups and downs on the court. And the players the Staples Center co-tenants gave up to acquire their respective superstars during a blockbuster summer of 2019 are proving to be potent additions for their new teams.
Amid all that cause for concern, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin do their part to calm nerves across the Southern California hoops scene on this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops. Our co-hosts consider the extent to which AD might look to align his next contract (or two) with the late- career timeline of Lakers teammate and fellow Klutch Sports Group client LeBron James. They also marvel at Dwight Howard’s hot start to his redemption campaign, and wonder whether KCP might soon be in for a similar shift in public opinion.
Then, Eric and Josh look to New Orleans, Washington and Oklahoma City, where the pieces needed to bring The Brow, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to LA ultimately landed. Is Brandon Ingram due for stardom? Will the Pelicans pay him in restricted free agency, with Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart looming? How have Isaac Bonga and Moritz Wagner become key contributors for the woeful Wizards? Could Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be a cornerstone of the Thunder’s future? And is Danilo Gallinari destined for a trade deadline deal, with his contract set to expire next summer?
Eric and Josh dive deep into all of those topics—and more!—in the latest edition of Hollywood Hoops!
00:00 – AD to Chicago? Dwight Into Lakers Fans’ Hearts?
22:02 – All We Are Saying Is Give KCP a Chance
38:13 – Ex-Lakers in NOLA and DC
50:54 – Shai, Gallo and CP in OKC