Is LeBron James Clearly a Top 5 Player? Is Anthony Davis Clearly a Top 10 Player?

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Tuesday's show was centered around the question of why the Lakers seem to be waiting before pushing hard on a trade. Multiple reports, starting in the preseason and moving through this week, have stated in one form or another that the team wants to see what it has with everyone available before making big decisions. In this case, seeing Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant in the lineup, both of whom ought to be back on Friday vs. Detroit.

Is that enough for the team to compete? Is it enough to show they'd be good enough to push their remaining chips into the center of the table? A lot depends on Anthony Davis and LeBron James (ok, just about everything). If those guys are super elite? If they're not? What about something in between? The answer to that question is something the Lakers need to consider.

We put it out on a poll, and got some interesting responses from Lakers fans. That, no surprise, is a major discussion point.

But first, news!

The aforementioned Bryant and Schroder practiced with the South Bay G-League squad Tuesday, another indication they should return on Friday. Meanwhile, Kendrick Nunn joined them, not because he's hurt, but to try and find a rhythm that has been totally absent to this point during the season. It's shocking to say, but Nunn has been unplayable to this point, and likely will find himself absorbing a lot of DNPs once Schroder is available. The Lakers would love to see him fix what ails him, though.

And finally, Max Christie may lose some PT when more players are available, but not for lack of performance. After a shaky Summer League and preseason, the 19-year old rookie has held up surprisingly well playing rotation minutes over the last few games.

HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

SEGMENT 1: The Lakers should be getting a boost to the rotation on Friday. How much does it matter?

SEGMENT 2: Max Christie has been a very pleasant surprise, after Darvin Ham basically stuck him into the rotation out of necessity.

SEGMENT 3: Are LeBron and AD good enough right now to justify a trade?

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