Mar 11, 2014 10:16 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers will rule out Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the 13-14 NBA season.
Bryant continues to have discomfort in the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.
The Lakers' original estimate was that Bryant would miss six weeks, but he'll have missed 17 weeks if he doesn't return.
Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November to remain with the Lakers through the 15-16 season.
The Lakers are expected to piece together their roster in 14-15 with an eye toward free agency in 2015.
Mar 07, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Mike D'Antoni met separately with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss regarding the state of the team after a 48-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The Lakers plan to continue to assess the situation and are not inclined to make an in-season coaching change, according to sources.
Kupchak has maintained a strong working relationship with D'Antoni and has been pleased by the way the coach is keeping the team together as the losses mount.
The Lakers have planned to evaluate the coaching staff after the season.
Mar 07, 2014 10:26 AM EST
Kobe Bryant brought up the name of Pau Gasol during an interview on Thursday with Ric Bucher, indicating he believes he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.
On a scale of one to ten, Bryant puts the probability of Gasol re-signing at eight.
The Lakers attempted to trade the expiring contract of Gasol this season and his tenure with the team has seemed to becoming to an end.
Mar 05, 2014 11:53 PM EST
With the Los Angeles Lakers unlikely to use their 2014 cap space on a max contract player to save it for the 2015 edition, they are unlikely to use the stretch provision to waive Steve Nash.
Nash is due $9.7 million in the 14-15 season, which the Lakers could spread out evenly over the next three seasons.
Taking the hit in one season while allowing Nash to see if he can get healthy is the logical move given the Lakers' circumstances.
Nash was asked about the Lakers' likely decision to keep him on Tuesday.
“Yeah, it sounds like it,” said Nash.
Nash intends to retire if the Lakers decide to waive him though.
“That would be it,” he said. “I’ll either be back here or I’ll be done.”
Mar 05, 2014 5:38 PM EST
Wesley Johnson is averaging 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers and has found a niche under Mike D'Antoni.
Johnson will be a free agent in the offseason and is adamant he hopes to return to the Lakers.
“I want to come back,” Johnson said. “Hopefully they feel the same way. I’ll have to continue to prove myself and show I can play hard.
“Hopefully it’s a long-term thing. But we’ll have to see what happens with what the front office decides and how they move around things. I would like to be here.”
Mar 03, 2014 4:42 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have 23 games left in the regular season and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are long shots to return at some point.
Bryant has not played since December due to a fracture in his knee while Nash has battled chronic back problems.
“The doctors haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now,” Mike D'Antoni said. “The thing is, does he get back and play some games to get his rhythm back for next year or just wait? So I don't know.
Nash wants to return this season and possibly next, but there is uncertainty.
“I don't know what to tell you,” D'Antoni said. “What's the endgame? We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs. So what's his objective in taking minutes away from the young guys that we're trying to develop?
“Now, if Steve starts to feel better, then we'll see. It's always an ongoing process in talking to him, but it's not something that's on the horizon right now.”
Mar 02, 2014 4:54 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled Xavier Henry from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.
Henry played two games with the D-Fenders.
Feb 27, 2014 4:14 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Xavier Henry to the NBA D-League.
Henry will play in the Los Angeles D-Fenders' game on Thursday night.
Henry has missed the last 27 games due to a right knee injury.
Feb 26, 2014 6:02 PM EST
The future of Kevin Love has been widely speculated about in the media, with many people assuming he will leave the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015 for a bigger market.
Love went to UCLA and is currently dating an actress from California, which has made people connect the Los Angeles Lakers' max cap space in 2015 to him.
“People think it's so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota,” Love said. “And I'm not (expletive) on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun.”
Feb 26, 2014 1:06 AM EST
Pau Gasol discussed the Los Angeles Lakers' poor play after the team's blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night and was adamant players are going one-on-one too much and lack discipline.
Eleven of the Lakers' 15 players are under the final season of their contracts, and Gasol believes that plays a role in individual basketball.
"Probably. That's part of it," Gasol said. "But that's why you have to be disciplined and implement discipline. That's how you kind of make that better or make that not a factor. I don't think there's a lot of discipline right now."
Gasol suggested it is Mike D'Antoni's job to do so without actually naming the coach. Gasol also questioned the Lakers' small lineup against the Pacers, which matched up Wesley Johnson and David West.
"I wouldn't put that responsibility on [Kobe Bryant]. He's frustrated with his situation and his injuries," Gasol said. "I don't think he has to be the one implementing the discipline."
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The cost of acquiring Jordan Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.
Dwight Howard returns to play Los Angeles to play the Lakers for the first time since his departure to sign with the Rockets.
The Wolves have given no indication they have interest in moving Kevin Love ahead of Thursday's deadline.
The Bobcats are unlikely to trade a first round pick to the Lakers for Pau Gasol.
Acquiring Jordan Hill's contract would be worth nearly $17 million for the Nets after luxury taxes.
Kobe Bryant did not give a target date for his return when addressing the media before the All-Star Game.
Pau Gasol reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to stay with the Lakers for the rest of the season.
Steve Nash has dealt with nerve issues over the past two seasons.
Chris Kaman was signed by the Lakers in the offseason to a one-year, $3.2 million deal.
Anthony Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game this season.
Shawne Williams will be called up and join the Lakers on Friday in Philadelphia.
Nick Young has sustained a non-displaced fracture of the patella and a bone bruise.
Magic Johnson sounded eager to assist the Lakers moving forward.
Manny Harris was told of the Lakers' decision before the team's game against the Timberwolves.
The Lakers covet one of the Suns' valuable first round picks in the discussions.
Pau Gasol will miss at least six more games and won't return until after All-Star weekend.
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