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ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins the Woj Pod for the first of a two-part delve into NBA free agency, including LeBron James’ move to the Lakers and the future of Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio.
2:06: The Lakers signing Lance Stephenson, who has only had success playing for the Pacers.
4:37: James wanting to surround himself with high IQ players.
6:07: Luke Walton facing a challenge with the new-look roster next season.
9:30: The belief that news of Lonzo Ball’s knee injury was leaked to try and prevent his inclusion in trade talks.
12:43: The difficult pathway to a Kawhi Leonard trade for the Lakers, and how the Spurs handle trade offers.
18:07: The low returns in trades for All-Star players over the last few years after reaching an apex with the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011.
20:51: Teams not getting an advantage by offering an extra year to their players in free agency.
23:51: How much additional value does Kawhi Leonard have from a marketing standpoint if he lands in Los Angeles?
25:02: The Clippers losing appeal to Leonard because of James signing with the Lakers.
26:17: How much leverage do the Spurs have in Leonard negotiations and when should they make a move?
27:17: The weight of the Leonard drama on the Spurs organization.
28:37: Teams being worried about Leonard’s health.