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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.

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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

Aug 24, 2016 4:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black.

“Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Mitch Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”

In two seasons with the Lakers, Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5% from the field over 77 games (27 starts). Awarded to the Lakers on a waiver claim on December 28, 2014, he also appeared in 25 games (12 starts) for the Houston Rockets to begin the 2014-15 season before being waived.

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Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers

Aug 23, 2016 6:09 PM

Yi Jianlian agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that carries a cap number of $8 million.

Yi must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

Yi established himself as one of the better players in China after leaving the NBA in 2012.

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Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal

Aug 22, 2016 10:12 PM

Brandon Ingram will sign his rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Lakers have waited on signing Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

The Lakers will likely go over the cap with their signing of Ingram.

Bobby Marks reports Michael Carter-Williams is still the latest a lottery pick has signed as the Philadelphia 76ers didn't sign him until September 19, 2013.

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Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian

Aug 22, 2016 6:49 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Yi Jianlian.

“We’re excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments,” said Mitch Kupchak. “We look forward to bringing him to training camp and hopefully having him make an impact on our team.”

Yi, who hails from the Guangdong Province in China, recently concluded competing for his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, averaging 20.4 points (3rd overall in group play competition), 6.6 rebounds (6th), 1.4 steals (t-6th), and 1.0 blocks (t-6th) per game over his five contests while shooting 46.7% from three-point range.

Drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Yi last appeared in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season. Over his five-year NBA career, Yi averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game over 272 contests (163 starts) with the Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, and Mavericks.

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Lakers Hire Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson As Player Development Coaches

Aug 19, 2016 3:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe and Theo Robertson as player development coaches on Luke Walton’s staff, joining associate head coach Brian Shaw and assistant coaches Jesse Mermuys and Mark Madsen. 

Buechler enjoyed a 12-year playing career highlighted by winning three consecutive championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1996-98, and was a member of the 1995-96 Bulls team that went 72-10 in the regular season. 

Keefe comes to L.A. after spending the last two seasons serving as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks. Prior to his stint with the Knicks, Keefe spent seven seasons working with the Oklahoma City Thunder after joining the franchise in the summer of 2007, where he was a player development coach for two years before spending his last five seasons as an assistant coach.  

Robertson joins the Lakers after spending the previous two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, where he was part of the 2015 NBA championship as the team’s video intern, working with Steve Kerr’s coaching staff assisting with game preparation. He was promoted to video coordinator/player development prior to the 2015-16 season, working on-court with players in addition to his game-planning responsibilities.

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Yi Jianlian, Lakers Agree To Vet's Minimum Deal With Incentives

Aug 18, 2016 4:26 PM

Yi Jianlian and the Los Angeles Lakers are close to agreement on a deal for the 16-17 season.

Yi’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 in the deal, one official said.

The official said Yi’s Chinese Guangdong team first has to sign off on the deal and then send it to the Chinese Basketball Assn. to sign off on. Then the CBA has to send to the contract to FIBA, the federation that governs international basketball competition, to sign off it. Then the contract goes to the NBA for approval.

The Lakers also pursued Yi last offseason.

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Xavier Henry Trying To Get Training Camp Invite From Lakers

Aug 18, 2016 1:06 PM

Xavier Henry will continue his attempt at returning to the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, joining them for a minicamp in hopes of training camp invite.

Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon early in the 14-15 season while with the Lakers.

“I’ve been doing a lot of workouts this summer with a lot of different teams and getting feedback and seeing how I feel,” Henry said. “I’ve been feeling really good. I’m feeling blessed that I can even play basketball again.”

In April 2014 — at the end of a breakout season that saw him average 10.0 points in 21.1 minutes — he had to undergo surgeries for both a torn ligament in his left wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his right knee.

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.

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

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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.

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


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.

Christopher Cason/HypeBeat

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.

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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.

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

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Larry Nance Jr. Belived To Have Suffered Fracture In Right Hand
Larry Nance took a nasty fall with 35 seconds left in the game after driving to the basket.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Renounce Free Agent Exception Rights On Kobe Bryant
The Lakers had to eliminate the cap hold on Kobe Bryant in order to create cap space to make their free agent signings.

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Marcelo Huertas Re-Signs With Lakers On Two-Year Deal
Marcelo Huertas will be the Lakers' third point guard behind D'Angelo Russell and Jose Calderon.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jose Calderon Traded By Bulls To Lakers
Jose Calderon was traded by the Bulls to clear cap space so they can sign Dwyane Wade into their cap space.

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Roy Hibbert Agrees Upon One-Year, $5M Deal With Hornets
Roy Hibbert has agreed upon a one-year, $5 million with the Hornets.

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Tarik Black, Lakers Agree Upon Two-Year, $12.85M Deal
Tarik Black averaged 9.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per 36 minutes in 39 games for the Lakers last season.

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Nick Young Unlikely To Return To Lakers
Nick Young has two more seasons remaining on his contract totaling $11 million.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times