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Kevin Durant Believes Lakers Were 'Couple Years Away' From Where He Wanted To Be

Jul 19, 2016 8:18 PM

Kevin Durant explained his decision not to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

“Nothing against the Lakers, but I already had my mind set on who I wanted to talk to,” Durant said. “I really respect their team. I just thought they were a couple years away from where I wanted to be.”

Durant met with the Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, Heat, Spurs and Clippers.

The Lakers are trying to rebuild around D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Brandon Bass Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Clippers

Jul 16, 2016 9:20 PM

Brandon Bass has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bass spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

Bass previously played for Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics.

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Larry Nance Jr. Suffered Sprained Wrist, No Fracture

Jul 15, 2016 7:57 PM

Larry Nance, Jr., who was injured in the 4th quarter of last night’s 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League, was examined today in Los Angeles by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

Results of the examination and MRI showed a sprained right wrist, but no fracture or ligament damage.

Nance will not play in the Lakers’ final Summer League game, and his status moving forward is day to day.

RealGM Staff Report

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Larry Nance Jr. Belived To Have Suffered Fracture In Right Hand

Jul 15, 2016 1:34 PM

Larry Nance Jr. is believed to have suffered a fracture in his right hand in Thursday's Summer League game.

Nance took a nasty fall with 35 seconds left in the game after driving to the basket.

Nance has been working on extending his shooting range this summer.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

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Lakers Renounce Free Agent Exception Rights On Kobe Bryant

Jul 8, 2016 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers renounced their free agent exception rights to Kobe Bryant on July 7th.

The Lakers had to eliminate the cap hold on Bryant in order to create cap space to make their free agent signings.

Bryant retired after a 20-year career with the Lakers.

Bryant scored 60 points in his final game in the NBA.

RealGM Staff Report

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Marcelo Huertas Re-Signs With Lakers On Two-Year Deal

Jul 7, 2016 7:38 PM

Marcelo Huertas has agreed on a two-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Huertas will be the Lakers' third point guard behind D'Angelo Russell and Jose Calderon.

Huertas, 33, completed his first NBA season after a 14-year career in South America and Europe.

For the Lakers, Huertas averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 assists in 53 games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Jose Calderon Traded By Bulls To Lakers

Jul 6, 2016 10:16 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Jose Calderon in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.

Calderon was traded by the Bulls to clear cap space so they can sign Dwyane Wade into their cap space.

The Lakers will acquire two future second round picks from the Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Roy Hibbert Agrees Upon One-Year, $5M Deal With Hornets

Jul 4, 2016 8:27 PM

Roy Hibbert has agreed upon a one-year, $5 million with the Charlotte Hornets. 

Hibbert played this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Tarik Black, Lakers Agree Upon Two-Year, $12.85M Deal

Jul 4, 2016 1:59 AM

Tarik Black has agreed upon a two-year, $12.85 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Black averaged 9.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per 36 minutes in 39 games for the Lakers last season.

Black is a 24-year-old big out of Kansas that went undrafted.

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Nick Young Unlikely To Return To Lakers

Jul 3, 2016 10:49 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to trade or waive Nick Young before the start of training camp.

Young has two more seasons remaining on his contract totaling $11 million.

Young averaged 7.3 points on a career low True Shooting Percentage of .483 in 19.1 minutes per game this past season.

Young just turned 31 and he had an off-court issue with D'Angelo Russell, who was the Lakers' No. 2 overall pick in 2015.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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Luol Deng Agrees Upon Four-Year, $72M Deal With Lakers
For the Lakers, Luol Deng will provide versatility and an ability to shoot, slash and make plays.

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Jordan Clarkson Agrees To Re-Sign With Lakers On Four-Year, $50M Deal
Jordan Clarkson was an All-Rookie first team selection in 2015 after being a second round pick by the Lakers.

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Lakers, Timofey Mozgov Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
The Lakers began to pursue Timofey Mozgov at the immediate start of free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pistons, Wizards, Bulls, Lakers, Mavs Interested In Maurice Harkless
Moe Harkless is a restricted free agent, which gives the Blazers the right to match.

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

76ers Interested In Jordan Clarkson
Because Jordan Clarkson is under the Arenas provision, the 76ers can sign him to a deal that is heavily backloaded.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Hassan Whiteside To Meet With Heat, Mavs, Blazers In New York
Hassan Whiteside reportedly will not meet with the Lakers.

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

DeMar DeRozan To Meet With Raptors In Los Angeles On July 1st
DeMar DeRozan could meet with the Heat, Mavericks, 76ers and Lakers if he's unable to agree upon terms with the Raptors.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley
Dallas has made Mike Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum
The Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Nicolas Batum one of their top priorities in free agency but he's considering other options.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Interested In Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford
The Lakers have enough cap space to sign multiple max contract players.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Still Believe They'll Get Meeting With Kevin Durant
The Lakers believe they have a pitch that will appeal to both Kevin Durant and other free agents.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Jim Buss Told People Lakers Would Sign Durant In 2016, Westbrook In 2017
According to sources, Dr. Jerry Buss "did not have deep confidence in Jim (Buss) as a basketball visionary or even someone with the grit to stay in charge of Lakers personnel for the long haul."

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets
The Hawks can offer Al Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Clippers Interested In DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan would prefer to re-sign with the Raptors in free agency, but he'll have a number of other opportunities available should they be unable to quickly agree upon a contract.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork
Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him.

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

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Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers
The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Kings Trying To Trade For D'Angelo Russell From Lakers
The Kings have been active in trade talks this week and the one player they're focused on acquiring is D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall
The Lakers are bullish on Brandon Ingram and don't want to trade the pick but they would seriously consider doing so if they could get a proven young All-Star now.

Chad Ford, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN