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Lakers Confident Of Signing Paul George In 2018

May 18, 2017 1:10 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers believe they will be in position to sign Paul George during the summer of 2018.

The Lakers have been advised not to give up assets to trade for George ahead of his free agency.

The Indiana Pacers considered trading away George at the deadline. George is believed to prefer to sign with the Lakers if the Pacers do not improve their status as contenders.

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Lakers Plan On Waiting Until 2018 To Pursue Major Free Agents

May 18, 2017 4:13 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have a number of options available to them now that they secured the second overall pick in the draft.

Magic Johnson said he'll take a patient approach in pursuing free agents, preferring the 2018 class that will likely feature Paul George.

“I don't think we're going to be a major player this year; I’m looking forward to next summer,” Johnson said.

Last offseason, the Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to deals that already have become problematic.

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Lonzo Ball May Only Work Out For Lakers

May 17, 2017 3:13 AM

Lonzo Ball may decide to work out for only the Los Angeles Lakers during the lead up to the draft.

"We will make that decision closer to June," the source said.

The source added that it's been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles."

The Lakers own the No. 2 overall pick with the Boston Celtics winning the first overall selection. The Celtics are expected to select Markelle Fultz if they keep the pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers select third overall, which is considered the lowest spot Ball would be drafted.

The Lakers also have interest in Fultz, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

"The harder call may be the first one," he said. "Sometimes having the second pick is better than the first. We're sitting in a fantastic position.

"I think there are four, five guys that are well suited to be [drafted] at the top."

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LaVar Ball Not Impacting Lakers, Suns' Draft Evaluation Of Lonzo Ball

May 14, 2017 4:09 AM

Magic Johnson said there is no impact on the public personality of LaVar Ball on whether the Los Angeles Lakers target Lonzo Ball.

"No effect at all," Johnson told ESPN at the NBA combine. "I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father. I think that you also are gauging and evaluating his son on his ability and what he can do not only on the basketball court but also what he can do for your team. How he can enhance and make your team better."

The Lakers need to be in the top-3 to keep their pick.

Lonzo Ball is projected by most NBA executives to be selected in the top three of the June 22 draft.

"If we're fortunate to keep our pick, wherever that is, then you take a look at him," Johnson said. "Just like any team who would be drafting in the top four or five would take a look at him and the other players who are there."

Ryan McDonough agreed with Johnson on LaVar Ball not having an impact.

"Not really, no," McDonough said. "We evaluate the player, first and foremost. Every player comes from a different family situation. It seems like LaVar has been extremely involved in Lonzo's career, and obviously he's a polarizing guy, but on the court, in terms of development, it seems like it's helped Lonzo.

"As we try to weigh in all the factors, certainly having a parent who's very involved and cares a lot, we don't view that as a bad thing. It's a little bit different than certain situations, but it's certainly that we would not disqualify Lonzo for [his father], or really factor heavily in our decision."

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Markelle Fultz Interviewing With Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Kings, Knicks

May 11, 2017 3:56 AM

Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first or second pick in the June draft.

Fultz is interviewing at the combine with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Fultz spent one season at Washington and didn't reach the tournament.

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Lakers Part Ways With Scout Chaz Osborne

May 10, 2017 2:05 PM

Chaz Osborne is no longer with the Los Angeles Lakers as a scout.

Osborne was known to be close with former Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss.

Buss was fired in February.

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Lakers Director Of Basketball Analytics Yuju Lee Leaves Franchise

May 5, 2017 10:20 AM

Yuju Lee has left his position as director of basketball analytics of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers attempted to demote Lee under the new regime of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

Lee worked for the Lakers for four seasons, beginning as a consultant in 12-13.

The Lakers were previously known as one of the late adopters of advanced analytics within their front office.

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Lakers 'Enamored' By Lonzo Ball

May 4, 2017 3:31 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers "appear to be enamored" by Lonzo Ball.

Ball has star potential, wants to play for the Lakers and grew up in the Los Angeles area.

The Lakers must stay in the top-3 in the lottery in order to keep their pick and would likely need a top-2 pick in order to have a chance of drafting Ball.

The Lakers already have D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in their backcourt, but their new regime doesn't appear committed long-term to either player.

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Luol Deng Undergoes Surgery To Repair Torn Right Pectoral

May 3, 2017 6:56 PM

Luol Deng underwent successful surgery this morning to repair his right pectoral muscle.

Deng is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 17-18 training camp.

Deng completed the first season of a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Lonzo Ball Prefers Lakers But Prepared To Play For Anyone

Apr 26, 2017 1:52 PM

When Lonzo Ball was younger he would watch footage of Magic Johnson, which symbolized the purity of the game for his family.

“I watched tape on Magic when I was young,” Ball told The Vertical, “and it’s why you can see it in my game. He liked to pass, I like to pass. He was a big point guard, I’m a big point guard. And I feel the way the game is played means a lot to him and me.”

The Los Angeles Lakers could be in position to draft Ball if they keep their pick.

“The Lakers are in L.A., and they’re close to home,” Ball told The Vertical. “This is where all my family is. Hopefully, they have a nice pick and they have a chance to get me. I want this to be realistic. Just being very family-oriented, to play in front of them would mean a lot to me. The Lakers are a young team and they have a lot of young talent.”

While Ball may prefer to stay close to home, he's prepared to play for whichever team selects him.

“I’ll play for anyone, all 30 teams,” Ball told The Vertical. “I want the challenge of helping turn around any team in the league. Just making it to the NBA, that’s my goal.”

Ball's father, LaVar Ball, has become a celebrity in his own right with his outsized personality.

“That’s who he’s been since I was a kid,” Ball told The Vertical about his father.

Ball believes he could change the way free agents perceive the Lakers if he ends up there.

“That’s the culture I want: to enter a situation and help my team win,” Ball told The Vertical. “I’ll do whatever I can for wins. It’s what I did when I was at Chino Hills. It’s what I did at UCLA. It’s what I’ll do again at the next level. Just do what I can to help my team win and make players around me better.”

Ball would love the opportunity to learn directly from Magic.

“I can learn a lot from Magic, and it would be a blessing for me to be able to take after him each and every day,” Ball told The Vertical. “Magic is probably the best guard to ever play the game. The fact that he also played as a big guard, he can show me things.

“I would love to have that sit-down and learn to be the best player I can be.”

 

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Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery
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Magic Johnson Didn't See Player Worth Building Around On Lakers' Roster
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Kobe Bryant Doesn't Miss Playing In NBA
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Lakers Have Plan In Place If They Lose Pick To 76ers
The Lakers will lose their pick if it falls outside the top-3.

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Metta World Peace Not In Lakers' Plans For 17-18
Metta World Peace is 37 and is unlikely to sign with another team this offseason.

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Rob Pelinka Compares GM Job To Rubik's Cube
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Jim Buss Tried To Give Shares Of Lakers To Kobe Bryant
Dr. Jerry Buss had given partial ownership of the Lakers to Magic Johnson in the 1990s.

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Lonzo Ball Would Rather Play For Lakers Than Go No. 1
The Celtics, Suns, Lakers, Magic, 76ers and Knicks are in the best position to land a top-2 pick.

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Glenn Carraro Steps Down As Assistant GM Of Lakers
Glenn Carraro had been with the Lakers since 2000.

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Rob Pelinka May Have Five-Year, $20M+ Contract With Lakers
When Rob Pelinka was hired by the Lakers, there were no reports on the type of contract he signed while leaving his lucrative agency business.

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Ivica Zubac Out For Season With Ankle Injury

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Nick Young Undecided On $5.7M Player Option With Lakers
The Lakers considered using the stretch provision on Nick Young last offseason but he's rebuilt his value.

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Jim Buss Removed As Co-Trustee Of Lakers
Janie Buss will replace Jim Buss as co-trustee, joining Jeanie Buss and Johnny Buss.

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Rob Pelinka Feels GM Job Is 'Sweet Spot For Who I Am With My Background'
Rob Pelinka was an agent for two decades before becoming GM of the Lakers.

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Shaq Spun Lakers' Unwillingness To Pay Him With Trade Request
Jerry Buss informed Shaquille O'Neal that the Lakers were unwilling to meet his contract demands.

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Gary Vitti Absent Since Lakers' Regime Change
While Gary Vitti retired from his full time position last year, he signed on as a consultant for two more seasons.

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Lakers Finalizing Two-Year Deal With David Nwaba
The Lakers will have a team option on David Nawba for the 17-18 season.

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Lakers Want D'Angelo Russell To Be More Aggressive
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Jeanie Buss Asks Brothers To Vote Her As Lakers' Controlling Owner For Life
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Luke Walton Staying Optimistic Despite Lakers' Struggles
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