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Mitch Kupchak Not Thinking About Jim Buss' Deadline

Sep 28, 2016 10:28 AM

Mitch Kupchak is unconcerned with the deadline Jim Buss declared for the Los Angeles Lakers to return to the Western Conference Finals.

In 2014, Buss said that if the Lakers weren’t there in “three to four years” he would step down. This season marks the third since that declaration.

“I’m not even sure what was said with certainty,” Kupchak said. “From my point of view, we’ve created a team that has a lot of young talent that can grow into, I believe, really good [players] and hopefully NBA players that can leave an imprint on this league. I think we’ve surrounded them with some older veterans that can help us win games.”

The Lakers won just 17 games last season and are expected to miss the playoffs again in 16-17.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

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Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson To Deal

Sep 21, 2016 2:51 PM

Thomas Robinson has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Robinson has been working out daily for the Lakers.

Robinson has a chance to make the Lakers' regular season roster as they have 14 guaranteed salaries with Yi Jianlian on a strong partial guarantee.

Robinson has played four NBA seasons after leaving Kansas as a junior. 

 

Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Metta World Peace Agrees To Deal With Lakers

Sep 21, 2016 2:19 PM

Metta World Peace has agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

World Peace signed with the Lakers during the 2015 offseason after playing in China and Italy.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Yi Jianlian Confident He's Ready For Second Stint In NBA

Sep 18, 2016 4:25 PM

Yi Jianlian is confident he can be successful in his second stint in the NBA.

Yi spent five seasons in the NBA from 2007 until 2012 while playing for four teams. Yi has since played for Guangdong in China.

“I feel pressure,” Yi said after Friday's informal workout at the Lakers’ practice facility. “But I feel excited about that.”

Last season in China, Yi also averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds with Guangdong and shot 46.7 percent from 3-point range.

“I think I can still shoot the 3’s, space the floor,” said the 6-foot-11, 243-pound Yi, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his five-year NBA career. “I’m cool with playing the four or five.”

Yi could help the Lakers' frontcourt depth with his size at center and with his outside shooting at power forward.

“I think I can really fit on the team and his system,” Yi said. “I think I can play over here.”

Mark Medina/Orange County Register

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Luke Walton Hoping To Build Lakers' Foundation Through Relationships

Sep 18, 2016 12:11 PM

Luke Walton believes he already has established a culture with the Los Angeles Lakers in ways that don’t involve drills or opening up his playbook.

“We’ve started building relationships with our players. I think that’s a big key to coaching,” Walton said. “We’ve made it a fun and enjoyable place for them to come to work out, train and get better. I think that’s a big reason why, even though it’s optional, a lot of the guys are coming in.”

The Lakers hope their young players develop more effectively under Walton than Byron Scott.

Some team-bonding activities could be in the mix as well.

“It depends on how quickly guys pick things up and how hard they work,” Walton said. “We have some things we’re talking about that could be fun to do. But we’re not going to do them if things aren’t going in the right direction.”

Mark Medina/Orange County Register

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999

Sep 2, 2016 11:26 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers briefly considered trading Kobe Bryant to the Detroit Pistons in 1999 when they were offered Grant Hill.

Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Orlando Magic.

“Kobe showed up at the press conference that introduced me as the new Lakers coach," said Phil Jackson. "He came up to my hotel room afterwards and we had our first face-to-face connection. He said he had read all about my championships with the Bulls and had studied several game tapes, so he was very excited. Kobe was 20 years old and had already played three NBA seasons.

“The Summer League was in Los Angeles that year and we sat together to watch the games that the Lakers had. Jim Cleamons was one of my assistant coaches in Chicago and would also be on my staff with the Lakers. So it was JC who coached the team of free-agent hopefuls and draft choices. As I explained the unfolding of the elementary triangle offense that JC had installed, as well as more of the advanced principles, Kobe was still excited.  It was clear to me that he not only was willing to learn, but that he really wanted to learn.

“Then he fell and broke his wrist in our first exhibition game. For several weeks, Kobe had to be sidelined and watch guys like Shaq, Glen Rice, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, A.C. Green, Brian Shaw and Robert Horry pile up a 10-1 record. Shaq had really bought into the triangle and was well established at the heart of our offense.

“When Kobe was healed and ready to return, I was a bit reluctant to make a major alteration in our winning combination. So I suggested that Kobe come off the bench. ‘I don’t see myself not starting,’ was his response. ‘I don’t want to be known as a bench player.’ Here was a 20-year-old already concerned about his legacy. So we had a little pushback, an indication of what might lie ahead.

“A couple of weeks later, we’re still winning and Shaq is completely motivated. But Kobe was only averaging about 19 points per game. So Kobe called Jerry West and wanted to know how Jerry and Elgin Baylor both averaged 30 points. Kobe also said that he wanted to be traded. Of course, Jerry told me about the conversation. And, for a few minutes I thought about taking the Pistons up on an offer they made to trade Kobe for Grant Hill. Make that a few seconds.

“The thing was that Kobe already saw himself as being one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. I thought that, in time, he would indeed reach that goal.

“Anyway, he was not going to be traded. So we’d talk about being patient, and letting the game come to him. But Kobe would sometimes still go off on his own, disregarding the offense and trying to single-handedly take over the game. When I called him on this, he’d say that for us to keep on winning, there was a lot for him to do."

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Julian Jacobs Signs Camp Deal With Lakers

Sep 1, 2016 9:22 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Julian Jacobs to a camp deal.

Jacobs played three seasons at USC, averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 2015-16 before declaring for the NBA draft as a junior.

In Pac-12 play, Jacobs averaged a conference-leading 5.5 assists per game in his final collegiate season.

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Travis Wear, Lakers Agree Upon Camp Deal

Aug 29, 2016 6:57 PM

Travis Wear has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a camp deal.

Wear will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Lakers in training camp.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Lakers Sign Zach Auguste

Aug 29, 2016 6:30 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste.

Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games (one start) for the Lakers’ entry in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The 6’10’’ Auguste played four seasons at Notre Dame, averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a senior in 2015-16 en route to a Third Team All-ACC selection.

The 23-year-old shot 56.7% from the field in his 128-game career at Notre Dame, and led the ACC in rebounding as a senior, highlighted by a career-best 22 rebound performance against Duke in the 2016 ACC Tournament.

The Lakers training camp roster currently stands at 16.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) break down the Pacific Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (17:22) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (42:34).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:44), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Pacific (1:02:35), choose breakout players (1:16:00) and much more.

 

 

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Lakers Sign Tarik Black
In two seasons with the Lakers, Tarik Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field over 77 games.

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Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers
Yi Jianlian must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal
The Lakers have waited on signing Brandon Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Lakers Hire Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson As Player Development Coaches
Luke Walton has rounded out his coaching staff.

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Yi Jianlian, Lakers Agree To Vet's Minimum Deal With Incentives
Yi Jianlian's contract would be for the veteran's minimum of $1.139 million that could reach "several million more" if he reaches some wide-ranging incentive bonuses.

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Xavier Henry Trying To Get Training Camp Invite From Lakers
Xavier Henry had a training camp invite from the Warriors last season and then played in the D-League for Santa Cruz.

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Lakers Continue Exploring Ways To Part With Nick Young
The Lakers signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal in 2014.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Yi Jianlian Finalizing $8M Deal With Lakers
Yi Jianlian last played in the NBA during the 11-12 season with the Mavericks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Report: Yi Jianlian Giving Up $3M Deal In China For $1M From Lakers
The Lakers also pursued Yi Jianlian last offseason.

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Lakers In Adavanced Contract Talks With Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian averaged 26.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season in China.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell Working On Moving Past Issues
Nick Young's future with the Lakers remains uncertain.

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Timofey Mozgov Injures Groin In International Friendly
After undergoing an MRI, Timofey Mozgov will miss Russia's next two games at its international tournament in Tbilisi.

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Jordan Clarkson: Staying In LA, Bringing Lakers Back Were Free Agency Priorities
Jordan Clarkson and the Lakers quickly agreed upon a four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason.

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Lakers Sign Marcelo Huertas
Marcelo Huertas averaged a team-best 3.4 assists per game in addition to 4.5 points and 1.7 rebounds over 53 games.

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Metta World Peace Serving As Life Coach, Still Wants To Play
Metta World Peace is serving as a life coach for several NBA players but he also wants to continue his playing career.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Brandon Ingram Eating Six Times Per Day, Could Be Getting Taller
Brandon Ingram wants to weigh 210 pounds by the Lakers' season opener.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Kevin Durant Believes Lakers Were 'Couple Years Away' From Where He Wanted To Be
Kevin Durant explained his decision not to meet with the Lakers in free agency.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Brandon Bass Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Clippers
Brandon Bass spent last season with the Lakers, averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Larry Nance Jr. Suffered Sprained Wrist, No Fracture
Larry Nance Jr.'s status moving forward is day to day.

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