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Magic Johnson On D'Angelo Russell: I Needed Somebody Players Want To Play With

Jun 24, 2017 2:49 PM

Magic Johnson was critical of D'Angelo Russell in his comments after the Los Angeles Lakers traded him to the Brooklyn Nets in a move that frees up cap space and makes it clear that Lonzo Ball will be their face of the franchise.

"I'm going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset," Johnson said. "D'Angelo is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with."

The Lakers drafted Russell with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, but used his potential to clear out Timofey Mozgov's contract while also acquiring Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick.

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Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max

Jun 23, 2017 9:45 PM

In following up on a report that the Boston Celtics could do an extend-and-trade agreement with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers if they manage to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency, Albert Nahmad explained why the scenario makes financial sense.

Under that scenario, George would increase his 17-18 salary from $19.5 million to the $29.7 million maximum and then extend for two additional years, which would mean $94 million over three years.

If George were to wait for six months after the trade, he could extend for four years at $169 million. But Boston would be required to keep the cap space necessary to increase George's salary to the max, which is $10.2 million.

On the renegotiation and extension deal, George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in the 2020 offseason when he will have turned 30 that May.

While George has preferred to join the Los Angeles Lakers, he can compete for a title with the Celtics while having a financial incentive in both the short-term and long-term. If the Lakers don't trade for George, they can only offer him a four-year deal in 2018 with five percent raises.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Sign P.J. Dozier To Undrafted Free Agent Deal

Jun 23, 2017 5:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a free agent deal with P.J. Dozier.

Dozier went undrafted out of South Carolina.

Dozier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore with a PER of 17.1

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Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills

Jun 23, 2017 4:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in Ball's life.

During a four-hour meeting in Chino Hills, LaVar Ball, trainer Darren Moore, Gaines, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka all watched his training session which included running hills, weightlifting, on-court drills and then breakfast with the entire Ball family.

“I wanted to show I don’t hide from anything,” Lonzo told The Vertical. “I just wanted to show the type of person I am. I wanted to show them what I do every day. I don’t hide. The way it turned out, I was very happy with it.”

At 8 a.m., Lonzo started the first part of a full daily routine led by Moore and LaVar. Lonzo ran a mile and then sprinted up two different steep hills near his home eight times each. 

A weight-room session in the Ball family’s garage followed at 9:15 a.m., which included a discussion of basketball philosophy between Lonzo, Johnson and Pelinka.

Lonzo then had an on-court workout with Moore at 10:30 a.m at Chino Hills High School.

LaVar then prepared a meal for the meeting with Johnson and Pelinka at the Ball residence. 

Ball was sick during his first workout with the Lakers on June 7th, but believed his adrenaline would negate any weakness. 

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Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov

Jun 23, 2017 4:14 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers offered an unprotected future first round pick to every team in the NBA with cap room in order to unload the contract of either Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng.

Without any teams taking on one of those deals, the Lakers instead traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets with Mozgov for Brook Lopez and a late first rounder.

The Lakers signed Mozgov and Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

The Lakers are attempting to clear cap space to pursue the 2018 free agency class.

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Tags: Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Rob Pelinka: Lakers 'Need Two Superstar Players To Come Here'

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball this week while also freeing up cap space for the 2018 offseason by unloading the contract of Timofey Mozgov.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are hoping to add two superstars to their core of Ball and Brandon Ingram with Paul George and LeBron James mentioned most frequently as potential free agents they sign.

"There's just a renewed energy around here," Rob Pelinka said. "We feel it in the offices every day. We felt through this draft process. I think clearly with Earvin's vision and just his persona, I think the organization is really taking on that positive joy that he seems to live with every day. I think players around the NBA feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.

"We know the goal here is to compete for championships. That's what we want to do. I think with the leading teams in the league today, we felt like, to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of players we now have. That's our plan, and we're going to put all of our energy and all of our hard work toward that."

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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nick Young Declines Player Option With Lakers

Jun 21, 2017 7:03 PM

Nick Young has declined his player option with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Young could have made $5.6 million with the Lakers and waited until 2018 for free agency.

The Lakers were considering using the stretch provision on Young last offseason, but he became a productive player again under Luke Walton.

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Pacers Receiving Interest On Paul George From Teams Who Could Flip Him Later

Jun 21, 2017 1:16 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers traded away D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets to dump the salary of Timofey Mozgov.

Jonathan Givony suggested the Indiana Pacers may have made a mistake in not taking a chance on the upside of Russell as they discuss a Paul George trade with the Lakers.

"The Pacers have not shown much enthusiasm for the Lakers' young guys," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "I think they think they can get better. The market is interesting on George. There's a lot of action with him. There's a lot of teams trying to get involved. I think Kevin Pritchard has done a pretty good job of working to manufacture a market for him after Sunday when it felt like teams were (expecting the Pacers) to get a mid to late first and maybe an okay expiring contract. They're going to get more than that.

"I think there's a few teams who think maybe we can flip him over the course of the year. If he gets traded to a good team and they think can win. If the  team achieves in some of the bigger markets, even some of the midsize markets, they're willing to take a flier on Paul George.

"The Pacers aren't dying to help the Lakers here. They're not trying to do right by Paul George and give him what he wants, which is a move to L.A. They're going to take what they think is the best deal out there for them and move him, and if that turned out to be the Lakers, they would do it.

"The Lakers are walking a line of 'we don't want to give up too much because we know we can get him in free agency next summer, but we need to be involved and try to do it now because you never know what will happen.'"

According to Nate Taylor of the Indy Star, the Pacers have also held trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. The Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards have also expressed interest.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10

Jun 21, 2017 10:55 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers attempted to trade the No. 2 pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks in the draft.

The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Indiana Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

The Kings declined the offer as they believe they can get the player they want at No. 5 while keeping a second top-10 pick in what's considered a deep draft.

The Lakers are expected to select Lonzo Ball at No. 2 if they keep their pick.

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Pacers Continue To Seek No. 2 Pick From Lakers For Paul George
The Lakers are offering Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, as well as picks No. 27 and No. 28 in Thursday's draft for Paul George.

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Lakers Trade D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov To Nets For Brook Lopez, No. 27
The Lakers have cleared cap space long-term by moving Timofey Mozgov.

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Lakers, Pacers Begin To Discuss Paul George Trade
George has been clear that he intends to sign with the Lakers if he reached free agency in 2018.

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Lakers Offering D'Angelo Russell In Hopes Of Drafting Luke Kennard Or Zach Collins
The future of D'Angelo Russell with the Lakers is uncertain with the team expected to draft Lonzo Ball.

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Lakers Unlikely To Offer Pacers More Than Clarkson, Randle, 28th For Paul George
The Pacers "aren't looking to take care of Paul George with this."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Report: LeBron James' Wife Wants To Live In Los Angeles Full Time
The Lakers have interest in signing both LeBron James and Paul George when they can be free agents in 2018.

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Lakers Seeking Additional First Round Pick
The Lakers currently own picks No. 2 and No. 28.

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Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

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Lakers Moving Towards Picking Lonzo Ball At No. 2
The Lakers are also considering Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and De'Aaron Fox.

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Pacers Discuss Paul George Trade With Multiple Teams Including Cavs
With Paul George preferring to sign with the Lakers, teams are viewing him as a "one-year rental."

Adrian Wojnarowski/the Vertical

Lakers Don't Plan On Trading Any Young Assets For Paul George
Paul George is widely expected to sign with the Lakers in free agency.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Lakers Had Interest In Moving Up To No. 1 To Select Markelle Fultz
The Lakers did not have enough available assets to trade up to draft Markelle Fultz.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

76ers, Celtics Could Finalize Trade After Markelle Fultz Workout
Discussions between the 76ers and Celtics have centered on the first overall pick in exchange for the third overall pick, the Lakers' unprotected pick in 2018 and possibly a 2021 first rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Johnson 'In Love' With Markelle Fultz After He 'Murdered' Lakers' Workout
The Lakers may try to move up to No. 1 by offering No. 2 and Julius Randle to the Celtics.

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Lonzo Ball Considering Meeting With Other Lottery Teams
Lonzo Ball is hoping to give the Lakers an up-close look at his training regimen and work ethic.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Markelle Fultz Describes Lakers' Workout As 'Family Decision'
Markelle Fultz would prefer to be drafted first overall but is ready to go anywhere.

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Lakers Discussing Trading Out Of No. 2 Slot In Draft
The Lakers have had scenarios presented to them by rival teams and have also offered their own.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

LeBron James In Play To Leave Cleveland Again In 2018
LeBron James signed a two-plus-one deal in 2016.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Damian Lillard Would Sign With Jazz Or Lakers If Blazers Didn't Want Him
Damian Lillard won't become a free agent until 2021 and has consistently talked about his love for Portland.

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Lakers Bringing In Lonzo Ball For Second Workout
The Lakers are not yet sold on Lonzo Ball.

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