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Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside

Jun 25, 2016 2:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to aggressively pursue Hassan Whiteside this offseason.

Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Miami Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him as they only have early Bird rights and they also cannot offer a fifth season on his deal.

The Lakers' top priority in free agency are rim protection and perimeter shooting.

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers will also pursue Whiteside.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers

Jun 23, 2016 8:39 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

Ingram will be expected to usher the franchise into a new era alongside D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

“You kind of feel pressure, but it’s a good pressure, of course,” Ingram said of going to a franchise moving out of the Bryant era.. “It gives you motivation and the potential to be someone like Kobe Bryant and some of the greats in the league. So of course, if I just go in and impact in any way I can and just listen to the coach and be coachable.”

Ingram isn’t worried about trying to do too much early on with the Lakers.

“I’m just going to be myself. Whatever I can do to impact the game, whatever the coach needs me to do, I’m going to do it,” he said.

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Tags: Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kings Trying To Trade For D'Angelo Russell From Lakers

Jun 23, 2016 7:21 PM

The Sacramento Kings have been active in trade talks this week and the one player they're focused on acquiring is D'Angelo Russell.

Russell went second overall in last year's draft to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Last June, the Lakers and Kings held talks centered around DeMarcus Cousins with the second overall pick involved.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall

Jun 22, 2016 11:57 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, barring a last minute blockbuster trade.

The Lakers spent three hours huddled with new head coach Luke Walton on Tuesday night before signaling to multiple league sources that Ingram would be their choice if Ben Simmons goes first to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Lakers believe that Ingram is a great fit for the organization and a potential All-Star player down the road. His shooting and ability to defend multiple positions on the floor fit a huge need for them.

The Lakers are bullish on Ingram and don't want to trade the pick but they would seriously consider doing so if they could get a proven young All-Star now.

Chad Ford, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Lakers, Magic, Pistons To Pursue Al Horford In Free Agency

Jun 22, 2016 11:29 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons are amongst the teams who intend to pursue Al Horford this offseason.

Horford has become even more valuable over the past few seasons with his improved three-point shooting and versatility on defense.

Horford can sign with the Atlanta Hawks for five years and 7.5 percent raises whereas any rival team can only offer him four seasons guaranteed.

Horford is coming off an extension he signed with the Hawks in 2010.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Buddy Hield Has Second Workout With Lakers

Jun 19, 2016 9:48 AM

Buddy Hield worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Hield said he and Kobe Bryant had a two-hour workout, and that Bryant taught him about footwork, creating space and the importance of opponent scouting. 

It was Hield’s second workout with the Lakers, and his last before the draft on Thursday. He also worked out with the Celtics, Pelicans, Timberwolves and Suns, but the Lakers are the only team that saw him twice.

“You know the Lakers are losing Kobe, they need a scorer, so why not? You know? Why not come in and fill the spot?” Hield said. “You know I’m a confident player and I’ve been under pressure my whole life just overcoming obstacles.

“And I know L.A. … and everybody with the Lakers, they expect to win. I’m prepared to come in expecting to win right away.”

Jesse Dougherty/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Buddy Hield, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Woj: Franchises On LeBron James' Free Agency Watch Again

Jun 17, 2016 10:41 AM

LeBron James will be a free agent again this offseason and Adrian Wojnarowski suggests he could consider leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason should they win a title.

James has been on a series of one-plus-one contracts since returning to the Cavaliers in 2014.

"One more victory, one more magnificent night at Oracle Arena, and James will get to run off with his buddies again somewhere warm. Miami. Los Angeles. Wherever," writes Wojnarowski.

Both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers either have the cap space or can create the space to sign him to a significant contract in free agency. The Los Angeles Clippers could conceivably offer a package built around Blake Griffin.

 

"There’s a restlessness about James that craves the next big move, the next power play," continues Wojnarowski. "Franchises are on watch again, believing nothing’s forever in Northeast Ohio. Sooner or later, there’s a belief that James comes into play again, a line of thinking that his inner circle has done nothing to dissuade. As for James himself, well, he has gone so far as to publicly describe an end-of-career scenario that doesn’t include Cleveland.

"Part of it, yes, along with those one-year contracts, is a way to mess with owner Dan Gilbert. James has great fondness for coach Ty Lue and respect for general manager David Griffin, but he’ll never embrace Gilbert – only perform despite him.

"Yes, James could come back to Cleveland and defend a potential Cavaliers title in 2017 and proceed to join the run of superstar pals in free agency: Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. They can wait one more year for Carmelo Anthony in 2018. Or, Golden State wins Game 7, and maybe James gives Cleveland the championship in 2017 – and makes his move then.

"Cleveland can’t hold him to his Sports Illustrated letter, his promises of becoming something noble and lasting. It wanted a title, and he’s close to delivering one. James becomes untouchable with a Cavaliers title. Fifty-two years without a pro sports championship here, and Cleveland can only tell him: Thank you, and goodbye again."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Johnson's Honorary Title With Lakers Removed

Jun 12, 2016 2:16 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that Earvin "Magic" Johnson has asked the team to eliminate his honorary title of Vice President, and to remove his name from the team staff directory in publications and other sources.

The change is being made in hopes of clarifying any confusion over Johnson's involvement with or representation of the team.

"Earvin will always be a revered and beloved member of the Lakers family, but he does not have a position or role with the organization at this time," said team spokesman John Black. "He is not an advisor or a consultant, and his opinions, comments and social media posts are solely his, and do not represent or reflect those of Lakers ownership or management. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion over this issue in the future." 

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Knicks Interested In Jordan Clarkson

Jun 9, 2016 10:32 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in pursuing Jordan Clarkson in restricted free agency.

The Knicks' biggest needs this offseason are in the backcourt.

It has been widely assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers will re-sign Clarkson.

Clarkson was a second round pick in 2014 and averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.3 minutes per game in 15-16 for the Lakers.

“It’s clear we need a lead guard, someone that can really carry the load, day in and day out. That’s something that I think is one of our biggest needs,” Steve Mills said.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brandon Ingram Scheduled For Thursday Workout With Lakers
Brandon Ingram will work out for the Lakers on Thursday.

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Dunc'd On: Brandon Ingram Scouting Report, Lakers Offseason
Projected 2nd pick Brandon Ingram shot 40% on 3s and has a 7'3 wingspan. Why is Nate Duncan not as high on him as some others are? Then, a preview of the Lakers' offseason.

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D'Angelo Russell Feels Stronger Going Through Adversities Of Rookie Season
D'Angelo Russell had an up and down rookie season on the floor playing for Byron Scott and then he was in the middle of a controversy with Nick Young and Iggy Azalea.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Lakers To Work Out Henry Ellenson
Henry Ellenson is a stretch big out of Marquette not expected to go second overall.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Ben Simmons Has No Issue Being Selected By 76ers
Multiple sources say the 76ers are leaning towards selecting Ben Simmons.

Tom Moore/Courier Times

J.B. Bickerstaff Agrees To Become Grizzlies' Associate Head Coach
J.B. Bickerstaff also received strong interest from the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Ben Simmons Hasn't Committed To Workout For 76ers, Lakers
The 76ers are still "very likely" to take Ben Simmons with the first overall pick regardless of whether they get him in for a workout.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson Won't Leave Knicks To Join Lakers
Phil Jackson reportedly has an opt-out clause after the 16-17 season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Brian Shaw To Join Lakers' Coaching Staff
Luke Walton played for the Lakers during Brian Shaw's time as an assistant with the franchise.

ESPN

76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Expected To Trade Pick If It Falls To No. 3
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the presumptive top-2 players in the draft.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Lakers Not Waiting On Warriors' Run To Hire Assistant Coaches
Mitch Kupchak said Luke Walton will not wait until after the Warriors season to fill out his coaching staff.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Jordan Clarkson Believes Luke Walton Decision Positively Impacts Future With Lakers
The Lakers figure to play a more uptempo style under Luke Walton.

Jovan Buha/ESPN

Byron Scott Regrets Not Playing Vets More Due To Firing
Byron 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.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Expected To Pursue Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli could command a three-year, $50 million deal.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Luke Walton Has Brian Shaw On Lakers' Assistant Coach Wish List
Brian Shaw was a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson and has head coaching experience with the Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'
There is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep their top-3 pick or trade it away for a proven player.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

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

Sports Illustrated

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.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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