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Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson Won't Leave Knicks To Join Lakers

May 31, 2016 10:42 AM

Jeanie Buss confirmed Phil Jackson won't be leaving the New York Knicks to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson reportedly has an opt-out clause after the 16-17 season.

"No. To visit, yes ... but in terms of basketball, he's committed to New York for many years," Buss said Monday on ESPN Radio's Beadle and Shelburne Show. "He's building something there. He has a mission, he's on that journey to get the team back to where he believes it can be and it will be. He's a former Knick ... he loves New York, he loves the fans, he wants to make them proud.

"In terms of the Lakers, we have a front office. They're putting together a team ... they have a vision. I'm excited to see what the future holds for us. So, to answer your question ... no, there's no plans for Phil to come back here."

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Brian Shaw To Join Lakers' Coaching Staff

May 21, 2016 9:23 PM

Brian Shaw has agreed to join Luke Walton's coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shaw also had interest in joining the Golden State Warriors.

Walton played for the Lakers during Shaw's time as an assistant with the franchise.

Shaw was previously a head coach with the Denver Nuggets.


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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Lakers Expected To Trade Pick If It Falls To No. 3

May 17, 2016 11:09 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to attempt to trade the third overall pick in the draft should they wind up in that position.

The Lakers will convey their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the top-3.

Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the presumptive top-2 players in the draft.

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Lakers Not Waiting On Warriors' Run To Hire Assistant Coaches

May 7, 2016 5:31 PM

Mitch Kupchak confirmed the Los Angeles Lakers canceled their other interviews after meeting with Luke Walton.

“With the openings in the NBA at that time,” Kupchak said, “and the openings that we thought might come about once we finished the interview, we decided quickly that he was our first choice, why wait? Just get it done.”

Walton will remain an assistant coach with the Warriors until their playoff run is over.

“We’re hoping for Luke that he continues to play until mid-June,” Kupchak said. “Certainly we’d also like to have him here as soon as possible.”

Kupchak said Walton will not wait until after the Warriors season to fill out his coaching staff.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

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Jordan Clarkson Believes Luke Walton Decision Positively Impacts Future With Lakers

May 7, 2016 5:28 PM

Jordan Clarkson says the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to hire Luke Walton will make a big impact on his free agency decision. Clarkson will be a restricted free agent.

The Lakers figure to play a more uptempo style under Walton.

“It really impacts it a lot,” Clarkson told ESPN.com on Friday in a phone interview when asked about how the hiring affects his free-agency decision. “That style of play fits me, as well as the other guys. I definitely want to stay here in L.A. and be here. I said in my exit interview, I don’t want to be that guy who bounces around from team to team.

“I want to be here in L.A. -- a place where I can call home -- and leave a legacy. The hiring makes it even better.”

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Byron Scott Regrets Not Playing Vets More Due To Firing

May 6, 2016 10:26 AM

Byron Scott was surprised by the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to fire him and wishes he would have coached differently.

Scott wishes he would have played his veterans more to chase wins even though the Lakers were rebuilding during the final seasons of Kobe Bryant.

“If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou [Williams], Brandon [Bass] and guys like that a whole lot more,” Scott said, referring to his veterans. “They gave me the best chance to win.”

D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle were in and out of the starting lineup.

“Young guys are young guys.” Scott said. “You hope sooner or later with all those guys that the light bulb comes on and you get that ‘aha moment’ where they can say, ‘I got it and understand what you’re talking about it. We had those moments very sparingly.”

Scott recalled the conversation he had with Mitch Kupchak when he was informed of the Lakers' decision.

“‘We’re not going to pick up your option,’” Scott recalled. “‘This is very tough. But you’ve been in this business long enough.’”

During the interview process, Scott was told the Lakers' patience would extend beyond two seasons.

“I wasn’t going to sell myself; that’s just not me. But I did bring up the fact that I thought I had at least another year with our discussions that this would be hard the first two or three years,” Scott said. “They asked if I was all right with it and I said, ‘Yeah I am. But are you guys?’ The answer back to me was, ‘Yeah, because we knew this would be tough and it would take a while.’”


Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

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Lakers Expected To Pursue Festus Ezeli

May 5, 2016 5:38 PM

The restricted free agency of Festus Ezeli will be one of the most interesting offseason developments.

Ezeli is a talented young center but he's had injury issues and has never played extended minutes on a consistent basis.

Ezeli could command a three-year, $50 million deal.

“Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about,” one general manager told Sporting News. “So I don’t think you’d want to go beyond three years. But he still has a lot of upside and he can get better in a bigger role.”

Ezeli is averaging 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on a per-36 basis.

The Los Angeles Lakers are one team who will have interest in Ezeli. With Luke Walton joining the team as head coach, there will be a level of comfort with signing Ezeli.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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Luke Walton Has Brian Shaw On Lakers' Assistant Coach Wish List

May 4, 2016 9:20 PM

Luke Walton is beginning to assemble his coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brian Shaw is the most prominent name on his list.

Shaw was a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson and has head coaching experience with the Denver Nuggets.

Walton will continue as assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors until their playoff run is over.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'

May 4, 2016 5:38 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping their lottery pick remains in the top-3 so it won't automatically be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But there is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep the pick or trade it away for a proven player.

“Right now, I think our young guys are the perfect number and we will add solid veterans,” said Jim Buss.

The Lakers' young core consists of D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

With significant cap space, the Lakers can conceivably sign a free agent and trade for another top level player.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

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D'Angelo Russell To Work Out With Magic Johnson In Summer
Magic Johnson says he'll work out with D'Angelo Russell this summer.

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Luke Walton's Deal With Lakers Worth $25M Over Five Seasons
Luke Walton emerged as one of the NBA's most coveted head coaches with how he led the Warriors on an interim basis when Steve Kerr was out.

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Lakers Canceled Interview With Ettore Messina After Meeting With Walton
The Lakers had plans to interview Ettore Messina at some point next week but they were canceled after meeting with Luke Walton.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Luke Walton Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Lakers
Luke Walton played for the Lakers from 2003-2012 and is currently an assistant coach with the Warriors.

Howard Beck / Bleacher Report

Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton
Luke Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

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Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go
Byron Scott's team option for the 2016-17 was not picked up and the Lakers have already begun the search for their next head coach.

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Lakers Receive Permission to Interview Ettore Messina
Messina is currently the lead assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

Sam Amick / USA Today

Lakers To Consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina
The Lakers fired Byron Scott on Sunday without a definitive candidate lined up.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Fire Byron Scott
The Lakers had a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason
DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Raptors.

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TNT Reaches Out To Kobe Bryant About Joining 'Inside The NBA'
Both Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal have publicly talked wanting Kobe Bryant to join their panel.


Byron Scott 'Absolutely' Expects To Remain With Lakers
Byron Scott "absolutely" expects to return next season as head coach of the Lakers.

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Byron Scott Could Return Due To Lakers' Ownership Discord
Byron Scott was asked to balance the farewell tour of Kobe Bryant with developing their young core of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 In Final NBA Game
Kobe Bryant shot 22-for-50 from the floor, 6-for-21 on three-pointers and 10-for-12 on free throws.

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Byron Scott Has 'Major Chance' To Be Retained By Lakers
Jeanie Buss has been pushing for Byron Scott to remain as head coach behind the scenes.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Kobe Bryant: It Feels So Good To Get Through Retirement Tour Healthy
Kobe Bryant acknowledges the farewells would have been different this season if the Lakers were still a contender.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

76ers, Magic, Lakers Have NBA's Worst Records Since Dwight/Bynum Trade In 2013
The 76ers have a winning percentage of .250, followed by the Magic at .312 and the Lakers at .336.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Kobe Bryant: Chris Paul Would Have Been Perfect Fit For Lakers
After the Lakers agreed to trade for Chris Paul in 2011, he and Kobe Bryant had a phone call that lasted about 20-30 minutes.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Metta World Peace Interested In Playing 2-4 More Seasons In NBA
Metta World Peace has played in China and Italy, but he would now like to remain in the NBA.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Likely Will Try To Trade Nick Young In Offseason
The Lakers tried to trade Nick Young in each of the past two seasons but were unable to find a team willing to deal for him.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times