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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

    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
    Would Kyrie Irving Give Up $30M to Join the Lakers? Plus, the Importance of Kendrick Nunn...

    Would Kyrie Irving Give Up $30M to Join the Lakers? Plus, the Importance of Kendrick Nunn...

    Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski laid out more reporting around Kyrie Irving and his standoff with the Brooklyn Nets. Irving's only realistic path (at least currently) to the Lakers is one that requires him to opt out of his contract, leave over $36 million on the table, and instead sign with the Lakers for just over $6 million.
    No player has ever left that much money unclaimed. it's worth noting that Irving lost out on $17 million or so last season by not getting vaccinated and missing games, and also tens of millions via a lost sponsorship with Nike. So does that mean he's an unpredictable loose cannon who would do even the most unusual, unprecedented things around his finances? Or does it mean he's more incentivized to gets some of that cash back?
    Meanwhile, Kendrick Nunn picked up his $5.2 million option this week, no surprise since it's exactly what he said he'd do during his exit interview. For a team as strapped as the Lakers, adding Nunn back into the mix is the equivalent to getting an extra free agent signing. The guy didn't play a second last year. His presence is 100% new. So how important a role will he play?
    Jordan Ott has joined the Lakers coaching staff. It means Darvin Ham has added another coach with whom he's worked (Ham and Ott were in the org at the same time a few years ago in Atlanta), and who doesn't have head coaching experience. Is that a big deal?
    Finally, it's Draft night? What will the Lakers do? Can they buy a pick or two in the second round? How much movement should we expect from them, and other teams around the league?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: More Kyrie rumors. Would he leave tens of millions on the table?

    SEGMENT 2: Darvin Ham adds another name to his coaching staff. And again, it looks like the front office is giving him what he wants.

    SEGMENT 3: Previewing Draft night.

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    • 36 min

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nmoody30 ,

Mailbag question

Do you guys believe Ham (and now Jent) plus Lebron & AD can convince some free agents to sign here for less than their value? Guys like Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, and Delon Wright that have played recently under our new coaches could upgrade the veteran talent immensely.

Conor511 ,

Thought Piece

Would you rather have a team with a higher a ceiling or higher floor ? For example would you rather have something like last year having 3 very good players and below average bench or sacrifice the higher end talent to have more talent top to bottom

Initium73 ,

Trade Idea..

Is there a possibility of the Lakers trading THT /Nunn/Draft considerations for OG Anunoby? Toronto has coveted THT in the past and Anunoby fills a serious need for the Lakers.

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