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Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.

Both Mekel and Buycks remain on the available market after being waived and bought out, respectively. The Lakers remain fond of Ronnie Price, but the team has looked into wing and guard players this week.

RealGM first reported on Nov. 7 that Buycks had reached a buyout with Valencia in Spain and started discussions with the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers have also brought free agent forward Quincy Miller into Los Angeles for a workout.

Buycks, 25, averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14 appearances for the Toronto Raptors last season. The 26-year-old Mekel averaged 2.4 points and two assists in 31 games for the Dallas Mavericks a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Nick Young: I Leave A Presence When I Walk Off Like Michael Jackson, Prince

The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-0 this season with Nick Young in the lineup after starting the season 1-9 without him. 

“I can’t take all of the credit. I can take some of it,” Young said. “It’s all about my swag. That’s a part of my repertoire.” 

Young is averaging 16.5 points in 28.0 minutes over his first two games.

“I’m talking about how I just walk off. I leave a presence when I walk off. I’m like Michael Jackson, Prince, all them other guys.”

Via Mike Dyce/Fansided

Kobe Walks Back Negative Things He's Called Dwight

Kobe Bryant was asked if he believes Dwight Howard is a p-word, as Kevin Durant called him during a recent game.

Bryant called Howard "soft" repeatedly in their game on opening night this season.

“No, I don’t feel that way I don’t think Kevin [Durant] does (either).

“When you get in argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration and out of anger that you really don't mean."

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Goran Dragic Plans On Testing Open Market In Free Agency

Goran Dragic plans to opt out this offseason to test free agency, according to sources.

Dragic previously stated that he planned on opting out in order to re-sign a long-term deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Sources say the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will be options for Dragic.

At issue with the Suns and Dragic is the guard logjam on the team, which Dragic addressed on Tuesday. He told AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro that the reason for some of Phoenix’s early struggles this year is, “Because there’s only one ball and we’re all point guards. That’s an easy answer.”

Dragic’s numbers have dipped this year (15.6 points, 47.5 percent shooting), and the Suns generally have had a harder time offensively.

Via Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Ryan Kelly Out At Least Six Weeks With Torn Hamstring

Ryan Kelly is out at least six weeks with a tear of his right hamstring.

Kelly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kobe: You're Crazy If You Think I Want To Shoot This Much At 36

Kobe Bryant scored 44 points on 34 shots from the field in the Los Angeles Lakers' loss on Sunday to the Golden State Warriors.

“I’m more than willing to sit back,” Bryant said after the game, according to Janis Carr of the Orange County Register. “If you think I want to shoot this many times and be as aggressive at 36 years old, you’re freaking crazy.”

"I'd always rather get guys involved and play," Bryant added, according to Baxter Holmes at ESPN Los Angeles. "That's always the intent at the start of the ball game. But [when] you're 10, 12 points in the hole, I've got to try to keep us in the ball game at some point. But it's tough. It's tough."

Via Dan Devine/Yahoo! Sports

Report: Klay Thompson Would Have Entered 2010 Draft With Guarantee From Lakers

Klay Thompson would have entered the 2010 NBA Draft out of Washington State had the Los Angeles Lakers guaranteed they would take him in the first round.

Thompson returned to school for his junior season and became the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Lakers had already traded their first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though they did own the 38th pick from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-League

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry have been assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clarkson, a second round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has appeared in eight games for the Lakers this season, averaging 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 11.4 minutes. Clarkson played two seasons at the University of Tulsa, before transferring to Missouri where he appeared in 35 games and averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.9 minutes.

Henry has appeared in seven games this season for the Lakers, scoring 1.3 points per contest. A product of Kansas University, Henry appeared in 43 games for the Lakers in 2013-14, averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Scott Unable To Reach Nash Despite Lakers' Hope For Mentorship Role

Steve Nash has been out of sight around the Los Angeles Lakers since being ruled out for the entire season.

Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.

That scenario has yet to take place, and Scott said he cannot even get Nash to return a phone call.

“If my coach would have called me,” Scott said, “I definitely would have called him back.”

Scott tried to downplay that as any kind of issue, saying he was “not angry at all.”

“I’ll try him again when I get some more free time tomorrow or Monday or something like that. I know he’s probably going through a tough time as far as trying to adjust to life without basketball at this particular point.”

Asked if he expected Nash to be around at all this season, Scott said, “I don’t know. I would like him to, but I don’t know.”

Via Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Kobe 'Extremely Jealous' Of Spurs' Longevity Together

Kobe Bryant wishes he was in a situation similar to Tim Duncan's with the San Antonio Spurs as the Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a rebuild.

"I'm extremely jealous of that," Bryant said this week. "I don't know if I can express to you how jealous I am of the fact that Tim, Tony [Parker], Manu [Ginobili] and Pop [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] have all been together for all those years. Like, I can't even ... I can't express to you how jealous I am of that. Not all this up-and-down stuff."

Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have all been together since 2002, winning a record 111 playoff games together.

"It would be like if Me, Pau, L.O. and Phil, if we were all just here, still," Bryant said. "It's crazy. That longevity is freaking crazy."

Bryant would love the opportunity to play another playoff series against the Spurs.

"I want a crack at him," Bryant said of Duncan. "I want to get another crack before it's all said and done. I would love to play the Spurs in the playoffs one more time, you know what I mean? As a competitor, you want to have the most [titles], but at the same time, it's well-deserved."


Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Kevin Love Denies Interest In Joining Lakers As Free Agent

Kevin Love denied a report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Lakers next offseason.

Ronnie Price Suspended One Game By NBA For Hit To Rivers' Head

Ronnie Price was suspended one game for hitting Austin Rivers on the side of the head.

Lakers Bring In Ater Majok For Workouts

The Lakers have flown in center Ater Majok from China for a couple days of workouts with the team, league sources told RealGM.

Wayne Ellington Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence After Murder Of Father

Wayne Ellington has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team.

Quincy Miller Planning To Visit Lakers For Possible Signing

Quincy Miller’s skill set and promise to be a rotation player in the NBA intrigue the Lakers’ front office and give him a strong chance to sign, sources said.

Lakers Granted $1.5M Disabled Player Exception

The Lakers can use the exception to sign a free agent or to trade for a player making up to $1,598,680.

Kobe Bryant Leaving Lakers 'Not Going To Happen'

Kobe Bryant also said he can't envision playing beyond the contract.

Dwight Buycks Receives Buyout From Valencia To Explore NBA

Dwight Buycks is in discussions on a possible deal with the Thunder and Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

Lakers Expected To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.

Kobe 'Extremely Loyal To Lakers', Not Considering Asking For Trade

Kobe Bryant makes $23.5 million this season and $25 million in the next, which would limit the Lakers' ability to trade him.

Lakers Among Teams Interested In Quincy Miller

The Rockets and Pacers also have registered varying levels of intrigue in Quincy Miller, sources said.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Kobe Calls Dwight 'Soft' During Scuffle, 'Teddy Bear' After

A Lakers source said Kobe Bryant repeatedly called Dwight Howard "soft" during their altercation.

Julius Randle Suffers Broken Right Tibia

Julius Randle is out for the season after breaking his right tibia in his first NBA game.

Dwight Left Lakers 'For Myself', Not For Fear Of Kobe

Ahead ofthe Rockets' opening night game at the Lakers, Dwight Howard said his free agency decision in 2013 had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant.

Lakers Waive Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven preseason games while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Steve Nash To Miss Entire 14-15 Season

Steve Nash is expected to be ruled out for the entire 14-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage in his back.

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

Lakers' Annual Income From Local TV Deal Hinges On Ratings

It is believed that the Lakers continue to remain competitive and not rebuild entirely due to their local television deal.

Jeremy Tyler To Sign In China After Being Waived By Lakers

The Lakers will waive Jeremy Tyler to allow him to sign a deal in China.
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