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Andy and Brian Kamenetzky bring you a daily look into the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. The Kamenetzky Brothers have covered the Lakers since 2005 for a variety of media outlets including the LA Times, ESPN and The Athletic, with a unique style combining traditional journalism, informal commentary and offbeat humor. They'll break down all the latest news surrounding L.A.'s premiere franchise on the "Locked On Lakers" podcast, a part of the "Locked On Podcast Network". #nba #lakers

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Andy and Brian Kamenetzky bring you a daily look into the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. The Kamenetzky Brothers have covered the Lakers since 2005 for a variety of media outlets including the LA Times, ESPN and The Athletic, with a unique style combining traditional journalism, informal commentary and offbeat humor. They'll break down all the latest news surrounding L.A.'s premiere franchise on the "Locked On Lakers" podcast, a part of the "Locked On Podcast Network". #nba #lakers

    Lakers Sign Lonnie Walker, Damian Jones, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Troy Brown, Plus New Kyrie Irving Rumors!

    Lakers Sign Lonnie Walker, Damian Jones, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Troy Brown, Plus New Kyrie Irving Rumors!

    NBA free agency kicked off Thursday afternoon, and the Lakers didn't let limited resources keep them on the sidelines. They signed a center (Damian Jones) and two forwards (Juan Toscano-Anderson and Troy Brown Jr.) to veteran's minimum contracts, and used their taxpayer midlevel exception, worth about $6.5 million, on former Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV.
    On the one hand, the Lakers broke from last year's free agent trends in significant ways. First, they went much, much younger. The oldest of the quartet is Toscano-Anderson, at 29. On the other, the Lakers didn't pick up any of the shooting they banked last season. Or at least they thought they banked, in hindsight. All told, it reminds Lakers fans of the bind the team is in, trying to make impactful improvements to the roster. (It also reminds Lakers fans of who put the Lakers in this box to begin with... namely, the Lakers.)
    So what signings were the best? Which were the most questionable? Where do they go from here? Can the Lakers make any trades to fill in some of the gaps?
    And speaking of trades, Kevin Durant has demanded one out of Brooklyn, contacting owner Joe Tsai himself. And while he's highly unlikely to land in Los Angeles, it does put Kyrie Irving back into play. In fact, some reports suggest Irving might try to force his way to Los Angeles. It's reasonable to ask if this becomes the Thanos of NBA trades -- simply inevitable.

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Free agency, Day 1: The Lakers make four moves. What were they trying to accomplish?

    SEGMENT 2: Breaking down the names. Who do you like, who don't you like? How much better are the Lakers now?

    SEGMENT 3: The rumors that won't die -- Kyrie Irving is once again being linked to the Lakers, and it seems like it might happen, maybe later, maybe sooner, but at some point.

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    • 39 min
    Mo Bamba, Otto Porter Jr., Caleb Martin, Malik Monk? Who Should the Lakers Target in Free Agency?

    Mo Bamba, Otto Porter Jr., Caleb Martin, Malik Monk? Who Should the Lakers Target in Free Agency?

    For the Lakers, the start of Thursday's free agency period in the NBA is an opportunity to improve, and a reminder of how constrained they are in the effort. There are some intriguing names out there, many of whom could help a team with precious little depth... but the Lakers enter the fray with only one big chunk of change at their disposal - the taxpayer midlevel exception worth just over six million - and in the grand scheme of things, even that one isn't so big.
    So what should they prioritize? Is it Orlando center Mo Bamba? Golden State wing Otto Porter Jr.? What about a sleeper candidate like Miami's Caleb Martin or Isaiah Hartenstein from the Clippers? They only get one crack at it, and how they spend this money will have a major impact on the way the Lakers then fill other holes.
    And what about the older vets? Someone like Blake Griffin will inevitably be attached to the Lakers via the rumor mill. Given the experience of last season, how many of those guys can/should they get away with signing? Is there any space for the cagey, low minutes vet on this squad?
    Finally, the Buddy Hield rumor mill will never fully die. But whether for Hield or anyone else, do the Lakers have the flexibility to pull off a trade of significance?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Who will be the 6:01 ET phone call as free agency opens? Who should get LA's attention (and the biggest chuck of its money)?

    SEGMENT 2: Bamba or Porter or Hartenstein or Martin or ??? Who are the best free agent targets for L.A.?

    SEGMENT 3: A brilliant tweet about Russell Westbrook. Plus, can the Lakers swing a trade of consequence?

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    • 36 min
    Russell Westbrook Picks up $47 Million Option with the Lakers. What now? Plus, Malik Monk Staying?

    Russell Westbrook Picks up $47 Million Option with the Lakers. What now? Plus, Malik Monk Staying?

    There were no credible scenarios in which Lakers guard Russell Westbrook decided to decline his $47.1 million player option for next season. Not in a world where maybe - maybe - he'd be in line to get someone's midlevel exception for about $10 mil. And that's a best-case scenario. So while Tuesday's news that Westbrook has exercised the option and is, save a trade, set to return isn't surprising, it's one more step towards actually taking the floor for L.A. this year. That's something few thought would happen at the end of last season.
    So how is the relationship with Westbrook? Has the team been bluffing with all the nice stuff they've said about him this offseason? Is there a chance everyone can reset the relationship and get him to play ball with a new outlook and new role? Would Russ accept it? Would it really make a difference if he did? (How many guys change their games to start doing the little things in their 15th year?)
    And how was the relationship impacted by the whole Kyrie Irving saga, which linked Brooklyn's guard to the Lakers?
    To discuss all of this, along with Malik Monk's potential future with the Lakers and a preview of what the team might do in free agency when it kicks off this week, Jovan Buha of The Athletic joins the show. He brings all his insight about the state of Westbrook and the Lakers, his understanding of Monk's priorities (based on a great new feature on the guy) and more.
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    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky with guest, Jovan Buha

    SEGMENT 1: Russ is back. Back again. Russ is back, Russ is back, Russ is back, Russ is back, Russ is back...

    SEGMENT 2: How close were the Lakers to getting Kyrie Irving? Was there fire to go with the smoke?

    SEGMENT 3: Would Monk stay with the Lakers for less than he'd get on the open market? Would the Lakers try hard to keep him, over other options? How will they approach free agency when it kicks off Thursday afternoon?

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    • 38 min
    Kyrie Irving opts in with Nets. What Next For the Lakers? Plus, Would Malik Monk Take Less to Stay?

    Kyrie Irving opts in with Nets. What Next For the Lakers? Plus, Would Malik Monk Take Less to Stay?

    The world woke up Monday to news that the relationship between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets continued to deteriorate, and the star guard had permission to look for a sign and trade deal that would end his stay with the Nets. The Lakers, it was said, were the only team that showed interest. But Brooklyn, it was said, didn't want Russell Westbrook. So would it be a three-team deal? Four? How far would the Lakers go to simultaneously add the dynamic (if problematic) scorer and rid themselves of the Westbrook problem?
    Well, by 4 pm local time, it was a moot point. Kyrie announced, in the most pretentious way possible, he'll be staying with the Nets. Irving opts into the final year of his contract, and while that doesn't mean he can't be traded, it does mean he can't be part of a sign-and-trade that would bring him the contract Brooklyn seems unwilling to provide.
    So what does this situation say about Kyrie? The league's shifting approach to stars? The Lakers? And L.A.'s relationship to Westbrook? All of it is relevant and discussed herein.
    From there, it's a look at NBA free agency, which kicks off on Thursday. Specifically, The Athletic's Jovan Buha reports that Malik Monk, one of the team's few bright spots from last season, would be willing to take a little less to stay with the Lakers. Which would probably be required, were the Lakers to retain him. LA simply can't compete with what other teams can offer Monk, should they be so inclined.
    But even if the Lakers can give Monk their biggest available exception (a little over six million dollars) should they? Does Monk fill the greatest need in a summer where the Lakers have very few assets on hand?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Kyrie-to-LA heats up... then ends just as fast.

    SEGMENT 2: Why the Lakers handled this news cycle the right way, vis-a-vis Westbrook.

    SEGMENT 3: Should the Lakers use their taxpayer midlevel exception on Malik Monk, if that would keep him here?

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    • 37 min
    The Kyrie Irving Rumors Gain Some Steam, While the Lakers Prepare for Free Agency

    The Kyrie Irving Rumors Gain Some Steam, While the Lakers Prepare for Free Agency

    Free agency begins this week in the NBA, and the Lakers have a tremendous amount of work in front of them. But as the curtain rises on rebuilding yet another brand new Lakers roster, there's more smoke billowing around the Kyrie Irving-to-LA conversation. Not any fire, yet, it would appear, but with careful NBA reporters saying that LeBron James and Kyrie are communicating and that there's some substance to the interest, it's not nothing, either.
    And with James Harden reportedly set to take a less-than-max-length extension with Philadelphia, does that change the arithmetic around Kyrie's leverage, whether in Brooklyn or L.A.?
    What about LeBron's leadership? In an interview with Bloomberg, Golden State's Draymond Green noted that LeBron's presence would help mitigate Kyrie's relative lack of leadership skills. Certainly not a guy you'd want as a frontman, for sure... which means LeBron has to be here as long as Irving would be. Is James committed to Los Angeles in that way?
    Finally, as free agency starts, we open up the mailbag to look at some of the team needs, and whether or not the team will recalibrate its strategy around signing free agents. Should they bring back anyone? Dwight Howard? Carmelo Anthony? Should they guarantee spots for Stanley Johnson or Wenyen Gabriel?
    It's gonna be real tough to pull together a coherent roster on minimum deals and one taxpayer exception, that's for sure.

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Kyrie rumors are percolating. Credible sources say there's something to it.

    SEGMENT 2: Draymond Green weighs in on how LeBron's influence could help it work, should Kyrie land in Los Angeles.

    SEGMENT 3: Should the Lakers bring Carmelo Anthony back? What about Dwight?

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    • 36 min
    The Lakers Draft Michigan State's Max Christie and Russell Westbrook... Commits to Defense??

    The Lakers Draft Michigan State's Max Christie and Russell Westbrook... Commits to Defense??

    The Lakers had indicated they'd try to find a way into Thursday's NBA Draft, and that's exactly what they did, executing a trade with Orlando to acquire the 35th pick. They spent it on 19-year old Michigan State wing Max Christie, who had a somewhat disappointing freshman season in East Lansing, but has a lot of appealing skills and plenty of runway to develop them, given his age. What should fans expect from him?
    The Lakers also moved quickly to fill their two-way slots, adding Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. and Syracuse forward Cole Swider. Given the team's track record finding good players on the fringes, it's reasonable for fans to be optimistic some of these guys could make it in the league.
    Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of New York on Thursday night for the Lakers? GM Rob Pelinka told the assembled media that Ham has had lengthy conversations with Russell Westbrook about his role, and that Russ is ready to accept a defensive-first mindset. Will it translate to the court? Who knows? But there's a better chance Russ reforms his game in important ways this year than last, at the least.
    Finally, it's time to open up the mailbag! What kind of free agents might the team attract as the market opens next week? And would you rather have intense star power with three guys and zero depth, or lesser stars and a more complete roster?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Welcome, new Lakers!

    SEGMENT 2: Russ says he's ready to commit to defense. Or Rob Pelinka says he says that. Do you buy it?

    SEGMENT 3: Mailbag!

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    • 38 min

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Question for pod!

Love the show guys, even through the NBA Covid19 break the show has kept me entertained daily :).

Quick question for when the NBA returns; Now that the broadcasts are going to be crowdless, do you think they will embrace that and try and amplify the on-court play calling and smack talk and hearing the smacks and crashing of bodies or do you think they are going to try and add a load of filler audio, being loads of announing, music, artificial crowd noise or something else entirely?
Cheers!
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