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Lakers Offer Steve Nash, Picks To Celtics For Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers offered the Boston Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

The Celtics are in discussions with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe

Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

"Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."

Durant was asked what he most admires about Bryant.

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Kobe: You Can't Get To Supreme Level Without Channeling Dark Side

Kobe Bryant acknowledged the difficulties of having the type of personality that strives to become one of the best ever as he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list.

"I think competitive nature is something that frightens a lot of people," Bryant said. "When you peel back truly what's inside of a person to compete and be at that high level, it scares a lot of people that are comfortable just being average. 

"I think if you look at Michael's retirement speech, people really got a chance to see how he ticks. It scared a lot of people, right? But that's just the reality of it. You can't get to a supreme level without kind of channeling the dark side a little."

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Calls Teammates 'Soft Like Charmin' During Practice

Kobe Bryant called his Los Angeles Lakers' teammates "soft" during a 5-on-5 scrimmage on Thursday. The practice was the first by Bryant in several weeks.

Byron Scott has held Bryant out of most practices and shootarounds this season. 

"You m-----f------ are soft like Charmin in this m-----f-----," said Bryant. "God damn, is this the type of s--- that's going on in these practices? Now I see why we've lost 20 f---ing games. We're soft like Charmin. We're soft like s---."

Bryant passed Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and said, "I'm supposed to practice and get better, Mitch. I'm supposed to practice and get better. These m-----f------ ain't doing s--- for me."

Via Arash Markazi/ESPN

Byron Scott Considering Starting Kobe At Point Guard

Kobe Bryant played point guard for all but the final 34 seconds of the fourth quarter in the Los Angeles Lakers' win on Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings.

Byron Scott said he's considering starting Bryant at point guard.

“I even talked to him about it,” Scott said. “I said, ‘I’m thinking about it, but I’m not there yet.’ So yeah I have thought about it.”

In addition to his 32 points, Bryant tallied six assists against the Kings.

Bryant said after the win that “nothing changes” when he plays point guard.

“Just my position on the floor changes,” he said. “That’s all.”

Via Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Quincy Miller Signs Contract For NBA Call Up Chance In D-League

After a recent workout for the Los Angeles Lakers and considering overseas deals, free agent Quincy Miller has signed a contract in the NBA Development League, sources told RealGM.

Miller's agent, Jared Karnes, confirmed on Wednesday night that the 6-foot-10 forward has filed paperwork to enter the D-League.

Miller worked out for the Lakers last month and had been a leading candidate to earn a roster spot. The Lakers have been deliberate in deciding which wing player to sign onto the roster, continuing to closely monitor forward Roscoe Smith out of their D-League affiliate in Los Angeles, league sources said.

Miller, the 38th overall pick to Denver in 2012, spent two seasons with the Nuggets and averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Miller, 22, was waived out of Denver's training camp in October.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Magic Johnson Hopes Lakers Lose Enough To Keep Pick

Magic Johnson hopes the Los Angeles Lakers lose enough games to keep their first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

The pick will go to the Phoenix Suns if it falls out of the top-5 as part of the Steve Nash trade.

"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious."

The Lakers have dealt with a number of injuries, including seventh overall pick Julius Randle.

"If you're going to lose, you have to lose because you can't be in the middle of the pack," Johnson said. "You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick."

 

Johnson believes the Lakers are in a position to quickly improve their roster.

"The Lakers are in a good space, too, next summer if they can sign or trade for a talented guy," he said. "I'd rather be all the way bad than be in the middle."

Via ESPN

Earl Clark Close To Deal In China

Earl Clark is nearing a deal in China.

Clark currently is playing in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been interested in Clark.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Under Belief Kobe Won't Sign Another Deal After Two-Year Extension Expires

The Los Angeles Lakers are under the belief that Kobe Bryant almost certainly will not sign another contract once his current two-year extension is over.

"All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it," Mitch Kupchak said. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year."

Bryant has reportedly left open the possibility of signing another deal in 2016. He is nearing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring leaders.

"When he does pass it," Kupchak said, "it's a testimony to consistency and playing at a high level for a long time. I think that's nice, but I think we all know that he would trade that for a team that competes for the playoffs or a championship."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Lakers Granted Hardship Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers have been granted a hardship exception and will be allowed to expand their roster to 16 players.

With injuries to Xavier Henry (Achilles' tendon), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg) and Ryan Kelly (hamstring), the Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.

 

If the Lakers do take advantage of the hardship exception, they'll need to get back down to 15 once Kelly returns.

Via Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Price, Davis Replace Lin, Boozer In Lakers' Starting Lineup

Ronnie Price and Ed Davis have replaced Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer in the Lakers' starting lineup heading into Sunday's game.

Lakers Unlikely To Be Active In Trade Market

The chief issue for the Lakers when it comes to potential trades is that they lack trade assets.

Lakers Re-Assign Jordan Clarkson To D-Fenders

The Lakers have re-assigned Jordan Clarkson to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Lakers, Celtics Briefly Discussed Rajon Rondo Trade In Offseason

The Celtics would likely ask for at least one first round pick from the Lakers in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

Kobe Bryant Won't Rule Out Signing New Deal With Lakers In 2016

Kobe Bryant insists he's not chasing records and that he wants to put the Lakers back in a championship position.

Paul George 'Mortified' By Report He Didn't Want To Play With Kobe

Paul George had a $100 million max extension to remain with the contending Pacers and never considered the possibility of leaving that situation in 2013.

Lakers Have Never Seen Kobe So Patient With Teammates

The Lakers aren't playoff contenders and Kobe Bryant hates losing, but he doesn't hate this season or this team.

Earl Clark, Lakers Discuss Possible Reunion

The Lakers have had a level of dialogue with Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.

Lakers Awarded $4.85M Disabled Player Exception

Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.

Xavier Henry Ruptured Left Achilles

Xavier Henry has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game.

Lakers Hope Loyalty Toward Nash Will Help Down The Line With Free Agents

Steve Nash plans on remaining in Manhattan Bech for the remainder of his life and is expected to be part of the Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

Lakers Didn't Pursue Non-Superstar Free Agents In 2014

The Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.

Lakers Re-Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-Fenders

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders.

Kobe Considers Hometown Discounts As 'Big Coup' For Owners

Kobe Bryant was not interested in taking a below market value with the Lakers.

Lakers Working Out Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The 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.

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

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

Kobe Walks Back Negative Things He's Called Dwight

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

Goran Dragic Plans On Testing Open Market In Free Agency

Sources say the Rockets and Lakers will be options for Goran Dragic.

Ryan Kelly Out At Least Six Weeks With Torn Hamstring

Ryan Kelly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss.
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