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Lakers Plan To Use Max Money In Upcoming Free Agency

Apr 17, 2015 10:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will spend money available to them this summer and hope to land a superstar talent such as Kevin Love.

"Two years from now, it looks like almost every team in the league is going to have cap room," Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "We do have a lot of cap room this summer. You can look at that as a strategic advantage, yeah."

The Lakers could have consecutive summers of spending maximum salary money.

"We have the ability to recruit and sign at least one max player this summer," Kupchak said.

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Pacers, Mavs, Grizzlies, Lakers Win Draft Tiebreakers

Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM

The Indiana Pacers won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz to get the No. 11 seed in the lottery. The Jazz will get the No. 12 pick if they don't move up in the draft.

In other tiebreakers, the Dallas Mavericks will drafted 21st ahead of the Chicago Bulls at 22nd.

The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 25th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at 26.

The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 27th with the Houston Rockets' pick acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade, while the Boston Celtics will select 28th with the pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Doc Rivers' deal.

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Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season

Apr 13, 2015 8:59 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue for the remainder of the season.

Blue joins the Lakers from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he finished second in the D-League in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting (41.6% from beyond-the-arc), in addition to 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 49 appearances (47 starts). The 22-year-old was selected as an NBADL All-Star this season, and held the distinction of being the only player to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 2014-15. 

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Dwight Buycks Suffers Fracture In Hand

Apr 13, 2015 1:24 PM

Dwight Buycks has a fractured right third metacarpal in his right hand and is out for the season, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.

Buycks averaged 8.7, points, 2.3 assists and 2 rebounds in six games with the Lakers this season, shooting 63.6 percent from three-point range.

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Lakers Clinch 4th Worst Record, 82.8 Percent Chance Of Retaining Pick

Apr 13, 2015 1:09 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have clinched the NBA's fourth-worst record.

The Lakers will have an 82.8 percent chance of retaining their 2015 first-round pick, which they would convey to the Philadelphia 76ers if the pick falls out of the first five this year.

In the past five years, two teams have dropped from fourth to sixth.

The Lakers will also have a 37.9 percent chance of vaulting into the top three this year, and an 11.9 percent chance at landing the top overall pick.

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Jordan Clarkson Could Change Lakers' Free Agency Plans

Apr 7, 2015 12:39 PM

Jordan Clarkson will make just $845,059 for the 15-16 season, which won't become fully guaranteed with the Los Angeles Lakers until he is on their opening night roster.

“We know he’s going to be on our team next year,” Byron Scott said. “But we have to add pieces. There’s no doubt about that. I don’t think we necessarily are saying we’re building around him. But we’re adding pieces with him.”

The Lakers have believed to be on the market for a point guard this summer with options like Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic available in free agency, but Clarkson could change that.

Clarkson was Rookie of the Month in the Western Conference in March.

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Ed Davis Rejected Multi-Year Offer From Grizzlies Last Offseason

Apr 7, 2015 11:53 AM

Ed Davis turned down a multi-year offer from the Memphis Grizzlies last offseason and ended up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers on a minimum deal.

Davis fired his agent and is preparing for free agency again after having a productive season with the Lakers.

Davis has a career high PER of 20.0 this season.

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Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 3, 2015 8:14 PM

Jordan Clarkson and Nikola Mirotic have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for March.

Clarkson ranked third among rookies -- and first on the Lakers -- in scoring (15.8 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in rebounding (4.8 rpg) in 16 starts. 

Mirotic led all rookies and the Bulls in scoring (20.8 ppg) for the month while ranking second among rookies in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). 

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Kupchak: No Lakers' Basketball Decision Is Made Without Me

Apr 3, 2015 11:19 AM

Jim Buss has received a lot of criticism for his role in the basketball department of the Los Angeles Lakers, but Mitch Kupchak insists he remains as involved as ever.

“Unfortunately, Jim does get a lot of criticism. But no decision is made here without me,” Kupchak says. “If something doesn’t go right, I should be criticized as much as Jim. We are judged, by and large, by our success on the court, and that has to do with the draft, trades, and free agency, and Jim and I decide who we draft, who we trade, and who we pursue in free agency. In terms of talent on the court, by and large that falls with me, and I work very closely with Jim. But Jim trusts my instincts. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not good.”

Kupchak served for many years as Jerry West's apprentice before becoming general manager.

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Wayne Ellington Out For Season With Shoulder Separatation

Apr 2, 2015 8:22 PM

Wayne Ellington had an MRI exam that confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season.

In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. The six year NBA veteran set single-game career marks in points (28), rebounds (10), assists (six), and field goals made (12) in 2014-15.

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Lakers Expected To Exercise $9M Option On Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill signed a two-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers last offseason.

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Lakers Signing Dwight Buycks To 10-Day Contract
The Lakers are signing point guard Dwight Buycks of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract, a league source told RealGM.

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Lakers Waive Steve Nash, Sign Jabari Brown To Multi-Year Contract
Steve Nash announced his retirement last month.

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Kevin Love's Best Relationship With Star Player Is Westbrook
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017, while Kevin Love's free agency will be in 2015 or 2016.

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Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

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Byron Scott: Jeremy Lin Is Definitely An NBA Player
Jeremy Lin ranks 18th in PER since the break at 22.2.

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Cavs Had Interest In Steve Nash
The Cavaliers viewed Steve Nash as a potential short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving.

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Lakers Sign Jabari Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jabari Brown has appeared in four games for the Lakers.

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Steve Nash Retires From NBA
Steve Nash won two NBA MVP awards while playing 19 seasons with the Suns, Mavericks and Lakers.

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Nick Young Suffers Small Fracture Of Kneecap
It is expected that Nick Young's fracture will heal itself with rest.

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Ronnie Price 'Absolutely' Interested In Re-Signing With Lakers
Ronnie Price averaged 5.1 points on 34.5 percent shooting and 3.8 assists.

Mark Medina/Los Anglees Daily News

Lakers Asked Steve Nash To Delay Retirement Announcement In Hopes Of Trade
The Lakers hoped they could trade Steve Nash's $9.7 million salary.

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Lakers Plan On Signing Jabari Brown To 10-Day Contract
Jabari Brown currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

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Kobe Bryant Pledges To Be Ready For 15-16 Season
Each of Kobe Bryant's past three seasons have ended due to injury.

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Rondo: It's An Honor, Compliment For Kobe To Want To Play With Me
Rajon Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and Kobe Bryant seems to be interested in having him sign with the Lakers.

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Steve Nash Admits Playing Career Likely Over
Steve Nash played just 65 games for the Lakers over his first two seasons with the club before being ruled out for the entire 14-15 season.

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Ronnie Price Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Surgery
Ronnie Price is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

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Carlos Boozer Won't Pursue Contract Buyout From Lakers
Carlos Boozer will finish out the season with the Lakers

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Kupchak Has 'Same Authority' As Lakers' GM He Had Under Dr. Buss
Mitch Kupchak refuted the notion from Magic Johnson that his authority has been taken away with Jim Buss' ascent in the Lakers' front office.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Lakers Remain Hopeful Of Signing Goran Dragic Despite Trade To Heat
The Heat can offer Goran Dragic a five-year deal, while the Lakers and other teams would only be able to offer him a four-year deal.

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