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Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

The Bulls question their ability to beat the Heat in a seven-game series without making a move, according to a source.

Chicago has expressed interest in Pau Gasol and would quickly deal Carlos Boozer to the Lakers in a deal.

But the Lakers would likely want Luol Deng included, which would be a non-starter for Chicago.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax

The Timerwolves offered Michael Beasley to the Lakers, according to a source.

The asking price was the better first round pick owned by the Lakers in 2012.

But the Lakers reportedly don't want to pay the increase in lottery tax that acquiring Beasley would mean.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Lakers Recall Devin Ebanks From D-Fenders

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled Devin Ebanks from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Ebanks has appeared in 12 games (four starts) with the Lakers this season, averaging 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 12.6 minutes.

Assigned to the D-Fenders on February 15, Ebanks averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 32.0 minutes in three games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kobe To Visit Specialist For Broken Nose

Kobe Bryant will see an ear, nose and throat specialist on Tuesday.

Bryant suffered a broken nose when he was fouled hard by Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of Sunday's All-Star game.

Bryant returned to Los Angeles on Monday after complaining of headaches.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Howard Preferred Nets Before Conversation With Kobe

Dwight Howard's list of preferred destinations remains the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks with the Nets as the clear leader, according to a source.

One source said Howard wants to "be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant."

Sam Amick also cites close friends of Howard who say Bryant informed him that he would be the second or third option on the Lakers. 

RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph first reported details of the conversation in which Bryant compared Howard's potential impact to Tyson Chandler.

But one source says Howard preferred the Nets even before the Bryant conversation.

Via Sam Amick/SI.com

Kobe Suffers Broken Nose, Concussion

Kobe Bryant suffered a broken nose and mild concussion in Sunday's All-Star Game, according to a source.

Dwyane Wade fouled Bryant hard in the third quarter of the game.

Bryant plans to play on Wednesday against Minnesota, according to a source.

Bryant flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday evening following a CT scan.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Deny Rumors Of Imminent Howard To Lakers Trade

The Magic are denying a rumor that they have reached a deal with the Lakers and Raptors involving Dwight Howard.

Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson would go to the Lakers, while the Magic would receive Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and possibly Jose Calderon.

Alex Martins, CEO of the Magic, confirmed to the Sentinel that the rumor is wrong.

Via Orlando Sentinel

A-Rod Claims Kobe Considered Retirement Because Of Knee Trouble

Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season because of overwhelming pain in his right knee and ankle, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. Bryant eventually underwent orthokine treatment at the Center for Orthopedics and Molecular Medicine in Dusseldorf, which alleviated the chronic knee pain and gave him new optimism about his future.

Bryant "was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him," Rodriguez told reporters. "I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that's how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it."

Rodriguez underwent similar orthokine treatments on his right knee and left shoulder after consulting with Bryant.

"I gave him the phone number," Bryant said in December regarding his conversations with Rodriguez. "I just told him it made a huge difference for me."

Via Los Angeles Times

LeBron Believes He's More Magic Than Michael

LeBron James can take over a game with his scoring, but believes his skill set is more like Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan because of his passing ability, unselfishness and gregarious personality.

“Champions come in different shapes, sizes and forms,” James said. “Everyone always compares Kobe to Jordan and says they always have had that killer mentality. They always had that dagger, that dog. Then you look at Magic [Johnson], and people say that he was fun to play with. He was great. He always had his teammates’ back. He always got his teammates involved. He was a champion as well.

“They come in different shapes and sizes and forms and different colors as well. For me, I see myself on the side of the Magic range where I love my teammates, love being around them. I want them to be happy as well. At the same time, dominate the game, as well. I got a long way to go still to get to [Jordan’s and Bryant’s] levels to get multiple championships. Hopefully, I can get there someday.”

Via Yahoo! Sports

Source: Magic Not Interested In Howard For Bynum Trade

The Magic are not interested in trading Dwight Howard to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum, according to one source that spoke with Peter Vecsey.

“I can tell you for a fact the Lakers offered Andrew Bynum and the Magic do not want him,” said a Western Conference executive.

Several insiders believe Howard will remain in Orlando for the remainder of the season.

Via Peter Vecsey/New York Post

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Study: Lin More Marketable Than Kobe, LeBron

Jeremy Lin is more marketable than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, according to a recent Nielsen poll.

Bynum Scheduled To Receive Synvisc Injection During All-Star Break

Andrew Bynum is scheduled to undergo a procedure on his troublesome right knee.

Brown Admits His Relationship With Lakers' Front Office Remains Distant

When Mike Brown was with the Cavaliers, he had a close working relationship with front office personnel Danny Ferry, Chris Grant and Lance Blanks.

Magic Urges Kobe To Clear Air With Lakers Management

Magic Johnson urged Kobe Bryant to have a discussion with Lakers management regarding recent trade rumors.

Rose Refutes Request Of Gasol Trade

Derrick Rose has denied lobbying the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol.

Caracter To Join D-League's Vipers

Derrick Caracter will join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Lakers' Front Office On Less Than Solid Footing

Jim Buss is taking a bigger role in Lakers' personnel decisions and Mitch Kupchak battles to keep his staff.

Lakers Likely To Turn To Arenas If Trade For Sessions Isn't Made

The pursuit of Gilbert Arenas by the Lakers appears to also be tied to a possible trade for Ramon Sessions.

Lakers Interested In Michael Beasley

The Lakers held talks with the Wolves on Michael Beasley when they were also looking to trade for Chris Paul.

Kupchak Responds To Comments From Kobe, Gasol

Kobe Bryant publicly said he would prefer the Lakers not to drag out Pau Gasol trade rumors.

Source: Rose Endorses Bulls Trading For Gasol

Derrick Rose has let the management of the Bulls know that he would like to play with Pau Gasol if a trade can be consummated.

Kobe Seeks Resolution To Gasol Situation

Kobe Bryant has reached a point of frustration with Pau Gasol trade rumors.

Kupchak: Lakers Probably Done Dealing

Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate making any additional roster moves before the in-season trade deadline.

Kobe Believes Trade Speculation Bothering Gasol

Pau Gasol shot 4-of-13 from the floor against the Suns on Friday.

Gasol Unsure Of Future With Lakers

Pau Gasol admitted to being bothered by constant trade chatter.

Source: J.R. Smith Narrows List To Knicks, Clippers

The Knicks and Clippers are frontrunners to sign J.R. Smith, according to a source.

Lakers Assign Ebanks To D-Fenders

Devin Ebanks will log a second stint in the D-League.

Lakers Pursuing J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith is expected to return to the U.S. on Wednesday.

Bryant Ready To Resume Closer Role For Team USA

Kobe Bryant is ready to reprise his role as Team USA's closer in the 2012 London Games.

Bryant Endorses Arenas Signing

The Lakers are looking for backcourt help.
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