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Lakers Would Need To See 'Heck Of An Opportunity' To Trade No. 2 Pick

May 27, 2015 1:03 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers has not heard any enticing offers for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

“It would have to be a heck of an opportunity for us to consider doing something like that,” said Kupchak.

The Lakers would listen if presented a top-level veteran in exchange for the pick. Kupchak admitted that the Lakers are "a little bit impatient."

“If you came across something that made your team better quicker, it would probably be a veteran, then that’s something you would consider,” Kupchak said, “but there’s something to be said for having the No. 2 pick in terms of building going forward.”

The last time a team traded a top-two pick for a veteran was in 2001 when the Los Angeles Clippers traded the rights to Tyson Chandler to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand.

The top two prospects are widely considered to be Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns, but D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay could also enter the conversation.

“There’s the perception that there’s four players there (who could be drafted at No. 2),” Kupchak said. “I think there might be more.”

He said the Lakers will work out at least four players they could target with the second overall pick, but “hopefully six to eight.”

 

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

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

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Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft

May 24, 2015 3:40 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next.

"We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft," said Mitch Kupchak.

The Lakers almost certainly won't have their own first round pick in 2016, though this year they have their own pick at No. 2 and the Houston Rockets' pick at No. 27.

The Lakers have missed out on the playoffs in 2014 and 2015.

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

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Lakers Will Discuss Future With Kobe Bryant If He Wants To Play Beyond Next Season

May 24, 2015 12:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to retire after the upcoming season, but will discuss his future if he wants to continue playing.

"I’m sure that’s something that will be discussed a year from now," Mitch Kupchak said.

Bryant will enter his 20th NBA season in 2015-16.

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Insiders Expect Kevin Love To Leave Cavaliers In Free Agency

May 23, 2015 3:18 PM

Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Love had an uneven first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Every executive I talk to, every agent I talk to, every quasi insider, every girlfriend's cousin's sister's boyfriend all says this guy is out of there," said Brian Windhorst during a podcast with Zach Lowe.

"I hear the same thing from everybody," said Lowe. "From everyone that is two or three or four steps removed. I don't quite believe all of that."

"I agree," replied Windhorst.

"Part of what's going on there is the Lakers' boogeyman," said Lowe. "They don't just say he's out of there, they say 'He's going to the Lakers.' That has much to do with the fear people have of the Lakers as it does with Kevin Love."

"I can't get a read on Kevin," said Windhorst. "His personality is a little bit different than many players I've covered. He has at every turn even gone out of his way to make statements about how he intends to remain in Cleveland."

Windhorst has also mentioned that Love has seemed distant from the Cavaliers post-surgery, attending just one game. Love is unable to fly yet following the surgery.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Zach Lowe Podcast)

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Retire In 2016

May 22, 2015 1:55 PM

Mitch Kupchak has said he expects the 15-16 season to be the final one for Kobe Bryant.

"He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." 

Bryant will be in the final season of his current deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and will earn $25 million.

"I think it is clear," he continued. "He's on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions [about playing beyond next season]. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."

Kupchak refused to completely dismiss the possibility of Bryant returning, saying "a year from now, if there's something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then."

Bryant played in just 36 games last season as he continues to be limited by injuries.

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Likely To Pick Remaining Big With 2nd Overall Pick

May 21, 2015 12:03 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers will consider D'Angelo Russell, but the early indications are that they will choose whichever highly touted big man the Minnesota Timberwolves pass on with the first overall pick.

Karl-Anthony Towns is widely considered the top prospect in the draft, but reports have indicated that Flip Saunders also will strongly consider Jahlil Okafor.

Many NBA executives consider Okafor the safer choice of two big men with his advanced low post game.

The Lakers own the No. 2 overall pick.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks

May 20, 2015 6:17 PM

With the lottery complete, we can now begin to have a realistic idea of which players will end up with which teams. The following three mocks are the first projections from ESPN's Chad Ford, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Aran Smith of NBADraft.

ESPN
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Mario Hezonja
9. CHA: Devin Booker 
10. MIA: Stanley Johnson
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Trey Lyles
13. PHX: Frank Kaminsky
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

Draft Express
1. MIN: Karl Anthony-Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Mario Hezonja
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Kristaps Porzingis
9. CHA: Stanley Johnson
10. MIA: Kelly Oubre
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Frank Kaminsky 
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

NBADraft.net
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Justise Winslow
7. DEN: Mario Hezonja
8. DET: Stanley Johnson
9. CHA: Trey Lyles
10. MIA: Myles Turner
11. IND: Willie Cauley-Stein
12. UTA: Sam Dekker
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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Lakers Had Handshake Agreement For Kevin Garnett In 2007

May 19, 2015 7:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly had a handshake agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 on a trade of Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Kevin Garnett.

"Dr. [Jerry] Buss came to me and said, 'I have a handshake agreement with Taylor, that he's going to come to L.A. But (Kevin) McHale hasn't concurred yet.' So I said, 'Well that's a good excuse.' You always, as an owner, say, 'I'll do this, but …' So I kept that hope out there, that he was gonna be a part of the Laker organization," said Phil Jackson.

Taylor believed Bynum was going to become a star.

Garnett was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes and a first round pick.

McHale's relationship with Ainge was believed to have helped facilitate the trade.

"I've always kind of hinted that, in fun. … Of course, it's easier to make a deal with someone you know," said Jackson.

The Phoenix Suns were offering Amar'e Stoudemire for Garnett.

The Lakers eventually acquired Pau Gasol without trading away Bynum or Odom, which led them to three Finals appearances and two titles.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report (via Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports)

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

Click here to run RealGM's Lottery Simulator.

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Marc Gasol Expected To Receive Free Agency Pitch From Spurs, Lakers, Knicks, Mavs

May 19, 2015 1:42 PM

The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks all are developing proposals to present to Marc Gasol on July 1, according sources.

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 81 games this season.

"He's the best player at his position in the league," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "You make preparations if it goes in a direction you're not happy about. You're not going to lose sleep at night. It's not going to do any good. He's going to do what he's going to do. Not in the next two weeks are we going to send him a big thing of flowers and it's going to change his mind. [By then], the cement is dry.

"We'll make our last, 'Hey, this is what's important to us. What's important to you?' Things of that nature. But I've got to think his mind is 99 percent made up."

Michael Wallace/ESPN

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team
Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie Team.

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Clippers Interested In Wesley Johnson
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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
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Lakers Plan To Pursue Jimmy Butler
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Lakers Believed To Have Towns, Mudiay Ahead Of Okafor On Board
The Lakers could go with Emmanuel Mudiay ahead of Jahlil Okafor if they have the second pick.

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Lakers Remain Interested In Rajon Rondo Despite New Skepticism
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Celtics Closed Gap On Lakers As Suitor For Kevin Love
The Celtics closed the gap on the Lakers as a possible destination for Kevin Love if he left the Cavaliers, according to sources.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers
The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

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Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade
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Ed Davis Hopes To Re-Sign With Lakers If Everything Is Equal With Other Teams
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Lakers Plan To Use Max Money In Upcoming Free Agency
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Pacers, Mavs, Grizzlies, Lakers Win Draft Tiebreakers
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Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season
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Dwight Buycks Suffers Fracture In Hand
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Lakers Clinch 4th Worst Record, 82.8 Percent Chance Of Retaining Pick
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Jordan Clarkson Could Change Lakers' Free Agency Plans
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Ed Davis Rejected Multi-Year Offer From Grizzlies Last Offseason
The market for power forwards who don't shoot three-pointers or protect the rim has diminished in recent seasons.

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Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic Named Rookies Of The Month
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Kupchak: No Lakers' Basketball Decision Is Made Without Me
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Wayne Ellington Out For Season With Shoulder Separatation
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