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Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Lakers For 1st Rounder, Corey Brewer

Feb 21, 2017 7:42 PM

The Houston Rockets are finalizing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for Lou Williams.

The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first round pick to the Lakers for Williams.

The deal is the first for the Lakers since they fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss to elevate Magic Johnson to President of Basketball Operations.

Williams signed with the Lakers in 2015 on a three-year, $21 million contract.

The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards also pursued a trade for Williams.

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Tags: Lou Williams, Corey Brewer, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Reach Out To Mavs On Trading For Deron Williams

Feb 21, 2017 8:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have expressed interest to the Dallas Mavericks in trading for Deron Williams.

Williams was traded by the Jazz in 2011 to the Nets.

Williams signed with the Mavericks in the 2015 offseason after agreeing upon a buyout with the Nets. Williams will be a free agent at the end of the current season.

During the 16-17 season, Williams is averaging 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.

The Jazz also have George Hill and Dante Exum on their depth chart at point guard.

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Magic Johnson Will Empower Rob Pelinka Yet Retain Final Say

Feb 22, 2017 1:45 AM

Magic Johnson is entering his role with the Los Angeles Lakers committed and sober about the challenges the franchise faces in rebuilding.

"I understand what I'm up against, but I'm here, and I'm here for the long haul, and eventually we will turn it around."

Johnson said he wants to empower his general manager, Rob Pelinka, to make decisions, but also noted, "Anything to do with trades, [the] draft, is, of course, going to end with me."

He added later, "You don't know that I'm a control freak. You don't get to where I am without being one. I'm going to make sure that I set the strategy, that I set the tone and that this organization is going to be about excellence on and off the court. That's what we're going to be about. And then everybody will have a clear role, and, of course, I'm a point guard, so I like to work with everybody."

Johnson also emphasized that he needs to learn the nuances of the NBA's latest collective bargaining agreement, the salary cap, analytics and more -- key elements of today's game that weren't as important when he starred in the 1980s.

"Those days are over with," Johnson said, adding that he'll accept NBA commissioner Adam Silver's offer to visit New York City soon to learn more about the CBA. "The salary cap and the new CBA has changed the game of basketball."

Johnson believes the Lakers don't have the same advantages as they had in his era on team building.

"It was easier then," Johnson said, "because free-agent movement or even making trades were easier back then, but now it's a little bit more difficult with the new CBA. And then with the new CBA, everybody is really trying to keep their young talent. So player movement is not going to be as easy as it used to be.

"Players today, whether they're coming to us or any other team, have got to buy into that vision and have got to say, 'Look, I can see it. This organization is about winning.' We've always been about winning. And you've got the right coach, you've got the right management team, you've got the right ownership, and so we're looking forward to going out and pitching to free agents."

Johnson plans on giving the Lakers his full attention despite his myriad of businesses and frequent speaking engagements.

"Everything is going smooth in my businesses," he said. "I can step away now. If it had been five years ago, 10 years ago, I couldn't do it, but the timing was right."

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Not Considering Any Trade Offers For Paul George

Feb 21, 2017 7:51 PM

The Indiana Pacers will not consider any trade discussions involving Paul George, according to multiple sources.

The Pacers also don't plan on moving Jeff Teague or Myles Turner as they want to see how this core builds chemistry. Larry Bird would like the Pacers to re-sign Teague in the offseason.

Indiana's best asset is their own first round pick.

Although George said Friday on ESPN radio that he wants to lead the Pacers to their first NBA championship, he also has made it clear he wants to see the supporting players that Bird surrounds him with before making a decision.

“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team,” George said on the program. He later added: “Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.”

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Hire Rob Pelinka As GM

Feb 21, 2017 6:40 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Rob Pelinka have agreed upon a multi-year deal for him to become general manager.

Pelinka will join the Lakers' front office now run by Magic Johnson following the dismissal of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

Pelinka was one of the NBA's most powerful agents, representing Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Eric Gordon, amongst others. Pelinka will have to divest his interest in his agency to become GM of the Lakers.

The Lakers initially targeted Bob Myers but he recently signed an extension with the Golden State Warriors.

“I want a [general manager] who understands the CBA, but also understands our team and wants to be here,” Johnson said during his introductory interview with Spectrum SportsNet. “And that also knows players, knows agents, because we're going to need all of that on his resume when he comes to work here.”

Pelinka will be the day-to-day executive running the organization, engineering trades, and coordinating scouting and the draft. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad

Feb 21, 2017 8:13 PM

The Washington Wizards have interest in trading for Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Wizards appear willing to part with a first round pick in this year's draft to add depth to their roster. 

After a slow start to the season under Scott Brooks, the Wizards are among the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Derrick Rose Trade

Feb 21, 2017 5:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to strongly pursue a trade for Derrick Rose.

Tom Thibodeau coached Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls. Rose will be a free agent this offseason and could be the veteran bridge point guard the Wolves have sought to pair with Kris Dunn.

“Thibs wants to do this,” says a league source.

Minnesota would like to clear the contract of Ricky Rubio from their books.

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Name Magic Johnson President Of Basketball Operations

Feb 21, 2017 1:15 PM

Los Angeles Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss announced that the team has named Earvin "Magic" Johnson as President of Basketball Operations. In addition, General Manager Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Furthermore, Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as Lakers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness."

"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions."

Jeanie Buss added, "I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself. We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again."

Regarding Mitch Kupchak, Jeanie Buss stated, "We are grateful for the many contributions Mitch has made to the Lakers over the years and we wish him all the best."

With regard to fellow owner and brother, Jim Buss, Ms. Buss said, "Jim loves the Lakers. Although he will no longer be responsible for basketball personnel decisions, he is an owner of this team and we share the same goal: returning the Lakers to the level of greatness our father demanded. Our fans deserve no less."

In addition to the changes made within the basketball department, the Lakers also announced they have parted ways with John Black who had been the Lakers Vice President of Public Relations. Chief Operating Officer Tim Harris will immediately begin a search for a replacement. Jeanie Buss added, "We thank John for his many years of service."

RealGM Staff Report

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Pistons Listening To Trade Offers For Andre Drummond

Feb 21, 2017 2:44 PM

Teams around the NBA believe the Detroit Pistons will listen to trade offers for Andre Drummond leading to the deadline.

Drummond and the Pistons signed a five-year, $125 million extension during the 2016 offseason.

Drummond was an All-Star last season but he has continued to be largely the same player he was when he first entered the NBA.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Nets Drop Asking Price For Brook Lopez

Feb 21, 2017 12:54 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have dropped their asking price for Brook Lopez ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

The Nets have been seeking two first round picks in exchange for Lopez, but they now are willing to accept a first round pick and a second round pick.

With the New Orleans Pelicans acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings for just Buddy Hield, a first round pick and a second round pick from the 76ers, the Nets have seemingly lost leverage in negotiations.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bob Myers Was Lakers' Original Top Choice To Become GM
The Lakers are pivoting to Rob Pelinka as their top candidate with Bob Myers unavailable.

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Dunc'd On: Magic Takes Over, Lou Williams Trade,and Retro Game 6 1988 Finals

Lakers' Pursuit Of Cousins Was Kupchak/Buss 'Last-Ditch Attempt To Save Job'
Jim Buss badly wanted the Lakers to trade for Cousins, but it was Mitch Kupchak who handled the talks.

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Kings Included Dave Joerger, Entire Basketball Ops On DeMarcus Cousins' Decision
The Kings told DeMarcus Cousins he wouldn't be traded on Feb. 2nd, but he then picked up a series of technical fouls.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sacramento: Thanks For Dealing With This Knucklehead
DeMarcus Cousins never wanted to leave the Kings and figures to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sacramento.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Rob Pelinka, Arn Tellem Considered Candidates For Lakers' GM Job
Rob Pelinka is the longtime agent of Kobe Bryant, who also represents James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Avery Bradley.

Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
The Pacers have been motivated to upgrade their roster around Paul George and appear willing to trade their first round pick this season.

Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Pelicans Removed Extra First In Offer For DeMarcus Cousins, Fearful Of Him Leaving
Dell Demps only needed to trade one first round pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Pelicans To Work Out Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Others
The Pelicans are short on guards following their trade for DeMarcus Cousins in which Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway were dealt

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Willing To Take On Salary In Exchange For Draft Picks
With the Mavericks finally taking a longer term view, they are willing to take on contracts before Thursday's deadline if draft compensation is attached.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade
Derrick Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell
Tony Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks
The Celtics can now place pick protection on the draft picks they're owed from the Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

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Jazz Testing Trade Market For Derrick Favors
Utah's level of seriousness on dealing Derrick Favors is unclear.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Nuggets Seeking First Rounder, Swap Rights On Additional Pick For Gallinari, Chandler
Danilo Gallinari will be a free agent this offseason.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks
The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Blake Griffin.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic
The Clippers are one possible destination for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins
The Suns could have offered DeMarcus Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports

Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline
The Bulls and Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Jimmy Butler since June.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'
Vivek Ranadive's fixation on Buddy Hield reportedly played a big role in driving the trade.

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