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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

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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D'Angelo Russell To Work Out With Magic Johnson In Summer

May 3, 2016 11:32 AM

Magic Johnson says he'll work out with D'Angelo Russell this summer.

Russell had an up and down season on the court and was also involved in a scandal posting a video of Nick Young admitting to infidelity.

"In my meeting with D'Angelo Russell, he picked my brain about the PG position and I'm looking forward to working out with him this summer!" wrote Johnson on Twitter.

Sports Illustrated

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Luke Walton's Deal With Lakers Worth $25M Over Five Seasons

Apr 30, 2016 4:58 PM

Luke Walton agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $25 million over five seasons.

Walton was the only candidate interviewed by the Lakers.

Walton emerged as one of the NBA's most coveted head coaches with how he led the Golden State Warriors on an interim basis when Steve Kerr was out.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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

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Lakers Canceled Interview With Ettore Messina After Meeting With Walton

Apr 30, 2016 11:15 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers moved quickly on hiring Luke Walton as head coach after their interview with him on Thursday in Oakland.

The Lakers had plans to interview Ettore Messina at some point next week between Games 2 and 3 of the San Antonio Spurs' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they canceled following Walton's interview.

Walton and Messina quickly emerged as the top candidates for the Lakers' job after they fired Byron Scott.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luke Walton Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Lakers

Apr 29, 2016 11:39 PM

Luke Walton has agreed to become the team's next Head Coach.

Walton currently serves as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors and will take over the Lakers once Golden State's season is over.

Walton played for the Lakers from 2003-2012.

Howard Beck / Bleacher Report

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton

Apr 28, 2016 8:58 AM

The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Luke Walton.

Steve Kerr said the Lakers will be able to meet with Walton now that the Warriors have advanced to the second round.

"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Walton is considered a prime candidate for the Lakers' vacancy.

Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go

Apr 26, 2016 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers decided to make a coaching change by not picking up the team option on Byron Scott's contract but team president Jeanie Buss was not involved in the decision.

Buss "didn't know" and "didn't anticipate" Sunday's news.

Byron Scott compiled a record of 38-126 in two seasons as the team's head coach.

Kristine Leahy/FS1

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Receive Permission to Interview Ettore Messina

Apr 25, 2016 9:54 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have given the Los Angeles Lakers permission to interview lead assistant coach Ettore Messina.

Messina joined the Spurs' coaching staff in 2014 after previously coaching CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Benetton Treviso and Virtus Bologna. He also served as a consultant for the Lakers for the 2011-2012 season under head coach Mike Brown. Messina is also the current head coach of the Italian men's national basketball team, a position he previously held from 1993-1997.

It is unclear when the Lakers plan to interview Messina.

Sam Amick / USA Today

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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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.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

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.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Julius Randle Fined $15,000 For Sam Cassell Dance
Julius Randle has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for doing the Sam Cassell dance during the Lakers' win over the Heat.

RealGM Staff Report

Kobe Bryant Turned Down Offer To Join Barcelona For 16-17 Season
Barcelona offered to allow Kobe Bryant to exclusively play in the more high-profile Euroleague games.

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D'Angelo Russell Apologizes For Recording Conversation With Nick Young
D'Angelo Russell has apologized for recording a conversation he had with Nick Young that was leaked to the media.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers 'Isolating' D'Angelo Russell Since Nick Young Video Surfaced
D'Angelo Russell has lost the trust of some teammates after a video surfaced of a conversation he had with Nick Young.

Baxter Holmes, Marc Stein/ESPN

Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young Accused Of Harassing Female Empowerment Activist
The Lakers are investigating allegations that Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young sexually harassed two women Sunday night in Hollywood.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Phil Jackson, Knicks Have Mutual Out After 16-17
Phil Jackson asked for the out clause for the summer of 2017 because of the possibility of the work stoppage.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kobe: Phil Jackson Knows More About Basketball Than New York Put Together
Kobe Bryant believes fans of the Knicks need to keep the faith when it comes to Phil Jackson's plans for the franchise.

Ian Begley/ESPN