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Lou Williams Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Deal With Lakers

Jul 5, 2015 4:28 PM

Free agent guard Lou Williams has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers on a three-year, $21 million deal, league sources told RealGM.

Williams, the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, will have a fully guaranteed contract with the Lakers, containing no options.

After recovering from a torn ACL, Williams scored a career-high 15.5 points per game in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors last season. Williams was the best remaining guard on the market Sunday afternoon, a potent scorer capable of significant scoring performances on a playoff contender.

In 11 NBA seasons, Williams has averaged 12 points, 2.9 assists and two rebounds with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors. For the Lakers, Williams is a progressive signing with an eye toward improving the balance of the roster — which will also add Roy Hibbert after the NBA’s free agency moratorium on Thursday.

Williams had several suitors in free agency, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. The 28-year-old was a second round pick for the 76ers in 2005.

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Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Agree To Trade With Pacers For Roy Hibbert

Jul 4, 2015 6:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers have agreed to acquire Roy Hibbert. 

Hibbert didn't fit into the Pacers' future plans as they plan on playing smaller. 

The Pacers encouraged Hibbert to become a free agent. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeanie Buss Still Holding Jim Buss To 2017 Deadline

Jul 3, 2015 11:10 AM

Jeanie Buss reiterated this week that Jim Buss is on a timeline to turnaround the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jim Buss is president of basketball operations for the Lakers and Jeanie Buss has previously said the team needs to make a deep run in the playoffs within three years (2017) or he would be out of that position.

"Yeah, absolutely," Buss said. "This is my job. I'm part-owner of the team, but I'm also the president. The Buss family is the majority owner but we have other partners as well who are also shareholders, and I have an obligation to them. Would I make those changes? Yes. My brother understands that we have to continue to strive for greatness, and I think he would be the first one to feel that he would need to step down if he can't get us to that point."

Jeanie Buss said the basketball operations staff has total control over its decisions and that she has "empowered" the staff to make those decisions.

"I don't interfere in the decisions that they make regarding players," she said.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Reach Out To Rajon Rondo

Jul 3, 2015 12:07 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to Rajon Rondo with a call on the second day of free agency to touch base.

Rondo has most strenuously been pursued by the Sacramento Kings.

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Rondo last December, but it turned out to be a bad fit.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Robin Lopez Commits To Signing With Knicks

Jul 2, 2015 11:23 PM

Robin Lopez has committed to signing with the New York Knicks, contingent on DeAndre Jordan not choosing to sign with the franchise.

Jordan is considering the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Lopez received an offer worth approximately $12 million to $13 million per season from the Knicks.

The Lakers were also pursuing Lopez.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Robin Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits

Jul 2, 2015 4:03 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge is considering taking a free agent visit or two as he continues to weigh his decision.

Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.

But the Los Angeles Lakers have been granted a second meeting by Aldridge. The second meeting will only involve Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott and be strictly about basketball.

One source briefed on the Lakers second meeting with Aldridge told Yahoo Sports: "They want to see if they can get it right."

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports Aldridge cancelled this meeting with the New York Knicks. Aldridge canceled the meeting when it became clear the Knicks view Aldridge as a center, which he is adamant about not wanting to do.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ed Davis, Blazers Agree Upon Three-Year, $20M Deal

Jul 2, 2015 2:41 PM

Ed Davis and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a three-year, $20 million deal.

Davis spent the 14-15 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ed Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out

Jul 1, 2015 12:12 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Aldridge's first meeting was with the Los Angeles Lakers and sources say they didn't make a strong impression.

The San Antonio Spurs are meeting with him Wednesday morning and could close on him.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports Aldridge has ruled out the Lakers. Aldridge was not impressed by the basketball portion of the Lakers' presentation. The Houston Rockets made an impressive presentation to Aldridge in terms of their on-court projections and their analytics.

"He and Kobe didn't quite gel," wrote Bresnahan."It's a little vague, but Aldridge apparently didn't quite get answers from Kobe he was seeking.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Pick Up Team Option On Robert Sacre

Jul 1, 2015 3:14 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised center Robert Sacre’s veteran-minimum team option for the 2015-16, guaranteeing his deal, league sources told RealGM.

The Lakers held the option on Sacre’s deal worth just below $1 million, deciding to retain a seven-footer who has a proven NBA value on the defensive end and positive professional on the court. Several NBA teams had prepared possibly adding Sacre if the Lakers had let him go.

RealGM reported on June 10 that the Lakers were expected to pick up the option on Sacre, which had a deadline late Tuesday night.

In 67 games last season, Sacre averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a night. Despite roster turnover, Sacre’s maintained a spirit and defensive focus to benefit the Lakers on and off the court. During the 2013-14 season, Sacre’s former coach, Mike D’Antoni, called Sacre the Lakers’ hardest worker and best defender.
Sacre was the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA draft to the Lakers.

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Kevin Love To Meet With Lakers

Jun 30, 2015 11:35 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have spoken with representatives of Kevin Love and are planning a meeting for this week.

Love opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become a free agent. Love is widely expected to return to the Cavaliers.

Love played collegiately at UCLA and has been connected with the Lakers in the past during his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Boston Celtics would also like a meeting with Love, but sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski that the team is still awaiting word from his reps.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carlos Boozer To Receive Interest From Nets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Spurs
Carlos Boozer spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers after being amnestied by the Bulls.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Derrick Williams To Receive Interest From Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Knicks
Derrick Williams has been with the Kings since 2013 when he was traded by the Wolves.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Pursuing Significantly More Cap Space
The Lakers are searching for more salary cap space to pursue free agent deals to both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers
Russell Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while James Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

Baxter Holmes, Larry Coon/ESPN

Lakers, Bucks, Mavs Interested In Iman Shumpert
LeBron James is known to be a big fan of Iman Shumpert and his defense.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

DeAndre Jordan Seeking 3+1 Contract, Bigger Role On Offense
A source said that it's "50/50" between the Clippers and Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Jimmy Butler Postpones Meetings With Rival Teams After Getting Max Offer From Bulls
Jimmy Butler had planned on meeting with the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Mavericks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bulls Give Jimmy Butler Max Qualifying Offer
The maximum qualifying offer covers five seasons at a full max.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Lakers Decline $9M Team Option On Jordan Hill
The Lakers have informed forward Jordan Hill that they will not exercise his $9 million team option, league sources told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers
Greg Monroe admits he is out of the Pistons' plans.

Darrell Williams/The Advocate

Caron Butler Expected To Field Interest From Bulls, Clippers, Spurs, Lakers, Knicks
Caron Butler has emerged as a candidate for the Bulls, Clippers and Spurs, a league source told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Marc Gasol Has No Interest In Signing With Lakers
Marc Gasol's lack of interest is due to "uneasy" final few years his brother, Pau Gasol, spent with the organization.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Get Summer League Commitments From Robert Upshaw, Brandon Ashley
Robert Upshaw and Brandon Ashley are Pac-12 products out of Washington and Arizona respectively.

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Lakers Unwilling To Include Julius Randle In Cousins' Talks
Julius Randle was injured in the first game of the season, but he's lost 20 pounds and he's improved his outside shot.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Privately Worked Out Karl-Anthony Towns
The Lakers didn't publicize the Karl-Anthony Towns' workout as they did for other prospects.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Lakers Believed To Be Leaning Towards D'Angelo Russell
Jahlil Okafor's second predraft workout was a drop-off from the first while D'Angelo Russell's perimeter shooting was impressive in his follow-up.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Lakers Moving Up On Free Agency List Of LaMarcus Aldridge
The Lakers appear to be passing the Mavericks on LaMarcus Aldridge's list with the Spurs remaining No. 1.

Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers, Kings Discuss Framework Of DeMarcus Cousins Deal
The Kings started to engage with teams and explore possible DeMarcus Cousins' trade scenarios beyond the Lakers on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Bring In Emmanuel Mudiay For 2nd Workout
The Lakers brought Emmanuel Mudiay in for a second workout last Thursday and had a much better showing.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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