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Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Play Some Minutes At Power Forward

Jul 27, 2015 8:53 PM

Kobe Bryant could play some minutes at power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams will receive a significant portion of the backcourt minutes, leaving Bryant at small forward and even power forward.

"If we don't get another guard, then Kobe's in that mix," Scott said. "I'm kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who's starting and who doesn't ... I think (Bryant) will play more three than two. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be. I don't think he needs to be using up the whole 94-foot floor. If we can cut that down some, I think that saves his legs as much as possible. But if we can get him where he operates best, which to me is elbows on each area, top of the key, at the pinch post, at the mid-post, then I think he can be real effective for us."

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Lakers Won't Sign J.R. Smith

Jul 27, 2015 2:32 PM

There were unsubstantiated rumors over the weekend linking J.R. Smith to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports the Lakers will not be signing Smith.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Smith remain engaged in contract talks.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Expresses Interest In Ending Career With Barcelona

Jul 20, 2015 7:13 PM

Kobe Bryant watched Barcelona's training session in Los Angeles on Monday.

Barcelona's soccer team are in the United States on a preseason tour.

Bryant reportedly talked to Albert Soler, director of International Relations for the club, about ending his career with Barcelona.

"Kobe has offered to end his career here," said Soler.

Soler also reference Bryant reuniting with Pau Gasol.

Bryant is entering the final season of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Moses Llorens/AS.com

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, FC Barcelona Regal, Spanish ACB, NBA, International, International Teams, International League

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Lakers Were Only Other Team To Express Interest In Ty Lawson

Jul 20, 2015 12:48 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers were the only team beyond the Houston Rockets to express interest in trading for Ty Lawson.

The Lakers can't offer a first round pick until 2020 at the earliest and may not have even offered a future first rounder for Lawson, according to sources.

The Lakers have D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson already scheduled to play heavy backcourt minutes.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Rockets, Pistons Interested In Ty Lawson

Jul 17, 2015 11:04 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons have expressed interest in Ty Lawson.

Lawson could be dealt by the Denver Nuggets before training camp.

Lawson has had multiple DUI arrests this year.

With Emmanuel Mudiay on the roster, Lawson has been made expendable by the Nuggets.

The Sacramento Kings could also get involved in trading for Lawson to reunite him with George Karl despite the presence of Rajon Rondo.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell To Work Out With Steve Nash

Jul 16, 2015 1:36 PM

Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell are expected to have future workouts with Steve Nash.

Nash retired last season from the Los Angeles Lakers but he's expected to remain around the organization.

Nash is spending his post-playing career in the Los Angeles area.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Lakers Acquire Roy Hibbert From Pacers For 2nd Round Pick

Jul 9, 2015 7:37 PM

The Indiana Pacers have acquired a future Second Round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Roy Hibbert.

Mitch Kupchak revealed Hibbert waived part of his trade kicker to make the deal work. The kicker was initially about $2.5 million. 

“I’d like to thank Roy for all his contributions during his time in Indiana,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He was a two-time NBA All-Star, and we appreciate everything he did for our franchise both on and off the court.”

Hibbert, a 7-2, 275-pound center out of Georgetown, was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 17th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft and then traded to the Pacers in July 2008. He played seven seasons for the Pacers and has career averages of 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All-Star team in 2012 and 2014 and was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carlos Boozer In Talks With Clippers, Spurs, Mavs, Raptors

Jul 6, 2015 1:53 PM

Carlos Boozer is engaged in ongoing contract discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors.

Boozer spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have presumably moved on from Boozer with their signing of Brandon Bass.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Carlos Boozer, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brandon Bass Agrees To Deal With Lakers

Jul 5, 2015 7:40 PM

Brandon Bass has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bass had been with the Boston Celtics since 2011.

Bass gives the Lakers depth in the frontcourt.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brandon Bass, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lou Williams Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Deal With Lakers

Jul 5, 2015 4:28 PM

Free agent guard Lou Williams has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers on a three-year, $21 million deal, league sources told RealGM.

Williams, the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, will have a fully guaranteed contract with the Lakers, containing no options.

After a full season from recovering from a torn ACL, Williams scored a career-high 15.5 points per game in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors last season. Williams was the best remaining guard on the market Sunday afternoon, a potent scorer capable of significant scoring performances on a playoff contender.

In 11 NBA seasons, Williams has averaged 12 points, 2.9 assists and two rebounds with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors. For the Lakers, Williams is a progressive signing with an eye toward improving the balance of the roster — which will also add Roy Hibbert after the NBA’s free agency moratorium on Thursday.

Williams had several suitors in free agency, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. The 28-year-old was a second round pick for the 76ers in 2005.

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Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Agree To Trade With Pacers For Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert didn't fit into the Pacers' future plans.

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Jeanie Buss Still Holding Jim Buss To 2017 Deadline
Jeanie Buss has previously said the team needs to make a deep run in the playoffs within three years for Jim Buss to remain in his current role.

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Lakers Reach Out To Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo has most strenuously been pursued by the Kings.

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Robin Lopez Commits To Signing With Knicks
Robin Lopez has committed to signing with the Knicks, contingent on DeAndre Jordan choosing not to sign with the franchise.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits
LaMarcus Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Suns and Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ed Davis, Blazers Agree Upon Three-Year, $20M Deal
Ed Davis spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out
LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Pick Up Team Option On Robert Sacre
The Lakers exercised Robert Sacre's veteran-minimum team option for the 2015-16, guaranteeing his deal, league sources told RealGM.

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Kevin Love To Meet With Lakers
Kevin Love played collegiately at UCLA and has been connected with the Lakers in the past during his time with the Lakers.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Carlos Boozer To Receive Interest From Nets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Spurs
Carlos Boozer spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers after being amnestied by the Bulls.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Derrick Williams To Receive Interest From Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Knicks
Derrick Williams has been with the Kings since 2013 when he was traded by the Wolves.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Pursuing Significantly More Cap Space
The Lakers are searching for more salary cap space to pursue free agent deals to both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers
Russell Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while James Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

Baxter Holmes, Larry Coon/ESPN

Lakers, Bucks, Mavs Interested In Iman Shumpert
LeBron James is known to be a big fan of Iman Shumpert and his defense.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

DeAndre Jordan Seeking 3+1 Contract, Bigger Role On Offense
A source said that it's "50/50" between the Clippers and Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Jimmy Butler Postpones Meetings With Rival Teams After Getting Max Offer From Bulls
Jimmy Butler had planned on meeting with the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Mavericks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bulls Give Jimmy Butler Max Qualifying Offer
The maximum qualifying offer covers five seasons at a full max.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Lakers Decline $9M Team Option On Jordan Hill
The Lakers have informed forward Jordan Hill that they will not exercise his $9 million team option, league sources told RealGM.

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Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers
Greg Monroe admits he is out of the Pistons' plans.

Darrell Williams/The Advocate

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