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Ronnie Price Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Surgery

Feb 25, 2015 3:59 PM

Ronnie Price underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs and bone chips from his right elbow, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday. 

Price is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

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Tags: Ronnie Price, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Carlos Boozer Won't Pursue Contract Buyout From Lakers

Feb 22, 2015 11:24 PM

Carlos Boozer will not request a contract buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Boozer will finish out the season with the Lakers instead of looking for the chance to join a postseason contender as a free agent.

Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds a game while shooting 51.6% from the field this season.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Carlos Boozer, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kupchak Has 'Same Authority' As Lakers' GM He Had Under Dr. Buss

Feb 20, 2015 3:15 PM

Mitch Kupchak refuted the notion from Magic Johnson that his authority has been taken away with Jim Buss' ascent in the Los Angeles Lakers' front office.

"I have the same authority that I had with Dr. Buss," said Kupchak.

"Jerry West had the same authority with Dr. Buss and I’ve got that same authority with Jimmy."

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Lakers Remain Hopeful Of Signing Goran Dragic Despite Trade To Heat

Feb 20, 2015 1:01 PM

While Goran Dragic was traded to the Miami Heat at the deadline, a person familiar with his thinking said he “loves the opportunity” to join the Los Angeles Lakers and sees them as a “perfect fit” when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Heat can offer Dragic a five-year deal, while the Lakers and other teams would only be able to offer him a four-year deal.

The Lakers still have a reasonable chance of keeping their own pick this June and they'll also have the Houston Rockets' selection.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Interested In Ty Lawson

Feb 18, 2015 8:12 PM

In addition to Goran Dragic, the Los Angeles Lakers have interest in Ty Lawson.

Lawson was late returning to the Denver Nuggets from Las Vegas coming out of the All-Star break.

The Nuggets are reportedly trying to move Lawson and Brian Shaw would like George Hill as his replacement. Shaw worked with Hill as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Ty Lawson, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings

Feb 18, 2015 1:44 PM

Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Miami Heat, but the Phoenix Suns are much more focused on holding discussions with the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.

Dragic will be a free agent this offseason and both the Knicks and Lakers will have cap space to make a four-year, max offer.

Dragic can only receive a five-year contract from the team that he finishes the 14-15 season with.

"I don't trust them any more," said Dragic on Wednesday to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic in reference to the Suns' front office.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Accept Goran Dragic's Trade Request, Will Try To Find Trade

Feb 17, 2015 11:25 PM

Goran Dragic was informed on Tuesday by the Phoenix Suns that they'll accept his request for a trade and try to move him by the deadline, a league source told RealGM.

Dragic informed the Suns he doesn't plan on re-signing with the team this summer as a free agent, according to Sam Amick of the USA Today. Amick reports that there are thought to be seven or eight teams seriously interested in Dragic and that he also wants to be given the freedom and support to run his own team such as Stephen Curry's situation with the Golden State Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat are on Dragic's list.

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Tags: Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Knicks Interested In Miles Plumlee

Feb 17, 2015 3:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have expressed interest in Miles Plumlee.

The Phoenix Suns are trying to accomodate a trade of Plumlee.

Both the Lakers and Knicks are reluctant to add salary for the 15-16 season, but Plumlee is set to make just $2.1 million.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Miles Plumlee, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant: 2011 Lockout, CP3 Veto Was NBA Restricting Lakers

Feb 17, 2015 11:02 AM

Kobe Bryant believes the 2011 NBA lockout was designed to limit the capacity for the Los Angeles Lakers to remain a title contender.

The NBA made the luxury tax more punitive in the new collective bargaining agreement.

"Well, okay: Look at the [2011] lockout. That lockout was made to restrict the Lakers. It was. I don't care what any other owner says. It was designed to restrict the Lakers and our marketability."

The NBA also vetoed a trade agreed upon by the Lakers and the league-owned New Orleans Hornets that would have sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles.

"There is only one team like the Lakers. Everything that was done with that lockout was to restrict the Lakers' ability to get players and to create a sense of parity, for the San Antonios of the world and the Sacramentos of the world. But a funny thing happened, coming out of that lockout: Even with those restrictions, the Lakers pulled off a trade [for Chris Paul] that immediately set us up for a championship, a run of championships later, and which saved money. Now, the NBA vetoed that trade. But the Lakers pulled that shit off, and no one would have thought it was even possible. The trade got vetoed, because they'd just staged the whole lockout to restrict the Lakers. Mitch (Kupchak) got penalized for being smart. But if we could do that..."

Chuck Klosterman/GQ

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Charles Barkley Was Traded To Lakers In 1992 Before 76ers Backed Out

Feb 16, 2015 10:58 AM

When the Philadelphia 76ers were working on trading Charles Barkley in 1992, the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers were the final three candidates.

Barkley said this weekend that he was traded to the Lakers, but the 76ers backed out and then completed the Suns' trade.

"The Sixers backed out," said Barkley. "It was going crazy for two weeks so I knew it would come down to Portland, [the] Lakers or Phoenix. So I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, “Philly has traded you to the Lakers.” So I went to lunch and started drinking. I’m f---ing so excited that I am going to the Lakers. Three hours later I get a f---ing phone call from my agent saying that the Sixers backed out of the deal. I said, “Oh, s--t, I’m feeling pretty good right now.” So I went out and played that night."

The Lakers were going to trade James Worthy and Elden Campbell to the 76ers for Barkley and Ron Anderson.

The 76ers acquired Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry from the Suns for Barkley.

Richard Deitsch/Sports Illustrated (via Tom Ziller/SBNation)

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, Lakers Trying To Trade For Goran Dragic
The Rockets and Lakers plan on pursuing Goran Dragic in free agency if they can't trade for him.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Magic Johnson Speaks Out Against Jim Buss' Decision-Making
Magic Johnson believes Jim Buss should give general manager Mitch Kupchak more control.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Kevin Love Not Interested In Considering Lakers
Kevin Love was asked on Sunday by a Los Angeles reporter if he would have any interest in signing with the Lakers this summer.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Ed Davis To Decline $1M Player Option For 15-16
Ed Davis still hopes to secure a future with the Lakers.

Mark Medina

Kobe Hoping For 'Rebirth' Similar To Spurs
Kobe Bryant had a 17.4 PER in 35 games in 14-15.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Phil Jackson Has Distanced Himself From Lakers
Phil Jackson, as well as Derek Fisher, insist that they have closed the chapter on their former team, the Lakers.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Kobe Bryant has agreed to undergo surgery.

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards
Kobe Bryant informed Michael Jordan several times he wanted to play for the Wizards.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Jeremy Lin Receives Healthy DNP-CD
Jeremy Lin was a healthy scratch, DNP-CD during the Lakers' loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season
Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the 14-15 season with a torn rotator cuff.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Kobe Bryant Suffers Torn Rotator Cuff
Preliminary results from the MRI reveal that Kobe Bryant has sustained a tear of the rotator cuff.

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Nick Young Prepared To Help Recruit Dragic, Marc Gasol, Love
The Lakers have enough cap space to sign one max contract player

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe Bryant Continuing To Recruit Rajon Rondo To Lakers
Kobe Bryant has already done a little recruiting on Rajon Rondo, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Kobe Admits Retiring After Current Season Has Been Considered
Kobe Bryant is signed through the 15-16 season.

Bill Plaschke/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Would Comply If Lakers Request Him To Rest
Kobe Bryant has missed several games after playing heavy minutes earlier in the season.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Jeanie Buss To Hold Jim Buss To Three-Year Contention Pledge
Jeanie Buss is confident of the Lakers becoming title contenders again by 2017.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Right Foot
Julius Randle will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

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