Lakers Podcast: Kawhi Leonard Trade Scenarios, Julius Randle’s Free Agency, & More

Lakers Podcast: Kawhi Leonard Trade Scenarios, Julius Randle’s Free Agency, & More

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Since the Los Angeles Lakers have been hoping to find a star to join their young core, could they make a push and trade for San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard? The Lakers are always near the center of the rumor mill, and with tension brewing between Leonard and his team, we take a look at what they could do to bring the Southern California native home.

Additionally, on this mailbag episode of the Lakers Nation Podcast, Trevor Lane and Hannah Kulik discuss Julius Randle and his improved play. Randle is turning in a career season, and will likely become a restricted free agent this summer.

With how integral he has become to the Lakers’ success, questions are swirling about exactly how much the team will be willing to spend to hang onto him.

Complicating matters, the Lakers are rumored to be interested in pursuing LeBron James and Paul George as free agents, which would likely take up most of their available cap space and prevent them from retaining Randle.

Los Angeles also made a big trade at the deadline this year that saw them bring in among others, Isaiah Thomas, who is on an expiring contract. While the trade helped the Lakers free up salary cap space to pursue stars in July, could the team consider re-signing Thomas for the long term?

All that plus much more on this packed episode, just click the player above.

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