The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest acquisition of the summer when they landed LeBron James, who becomes the biggest star the franchise has seen since the retirement of Kobe Bryant. They followed up the move by signing veterans like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee.
However, there are a whole host of new questions that need to be answered now regarding the lineup, which Trevor Lane, Nikki Kay, and Hannah Kulik address on this episode of the LN Podcast.
The roster is now set, but who will be in the starting lineup? James is a certainty, but beyond that, the Lakers have stated that all other spots are up for competition. Plus, what lineup will Luke Walton use to finish games? With the lack of options available at center, might he go small with James in the post?
Of course, this season’s Lakers roster isn’t the end game for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. They will have enough cap space to target a max free agent next summer, with Kawhi Leonard being a likely target. However, rumors are spreading that the Clippers feel suspiciously good about their chances to land Leonard and still him away from their cross-town rivals. Can they really take a major free agent away from the Lakers?
The Lakers jerseys were also leaked when pictures of them appeared in a store before they were released, are they too yellow or is it just poor lighting? We dig into jersey gate.
To wrap things up, we take questions from listeners via our mailbag, covering a variety of topics like who James will hinder on the team, who the top scorer on the bench will be, and much more.
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