Letting Alex Caruso walk will always be controversial, unless, of course, his replacements do enough winning to make fans forget the decision.
When free-agency kicked off on Monday, the Lakers entered the spending period with the difficult task of filling out a nearly empty roster after taking part in the blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook.
As one would expect, the Westbrook trade had a ripple effect that in many ways guided the rest of the decisions made this week. Something tells us that trade might be discussed for quite some time moving forward.
Armed with only minimum contracts, and a singular mini-mid level exception, the front office wasted no time in getting to work. Rob Pelinka is famous for his level of planning, and it would seem this offseason is no different from years past, when he would outline Plans A through Z, and tinker depending on how the field played out in front of him.
And after a slew of familiar faces were brought back into the fold, the Lakers also made their fare share of surprising moves, including allowing Alex Caruso to depart to Chicago while signing some unexpected names as well.
This offseason is going to be the focus of many a conversation moving forward, with a huge emphasis on the Westbrook trade by itself and the decision to let fan-favorite Caruso walk with no avenue to fully replace him.
On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla discussed the Lakers’ moves in free-agency so far, talked about the Caruso debacle, and then named who have been their favorite pick-ups so far.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.