Los Angeles Lakers WiretapFebruary 2012 Los Angeles Lakers Wiretap

Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

Feb 29, 2012 6:48 PM

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.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax

Feb 29, 2012 6:25 PM

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.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Michael Beasley, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Recall Devin Ebanks From D-Fenders

Feb 28, 2012 10:56 PM

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.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Devin Ebanks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles D-Fenders, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Kobe To Visit Specialist For Broken Nose

Feb 28, 2012 10:02 AM

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.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Howard Preferred Nets Before Conversation With Kobe

Feb 28, 2012 9:50 AM

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.

Sam Amick/SI.com

Tags: Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Suffers Broken Nose, Concussion

Feb 27, 2012 9:41 AM

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA All-Star

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Magic Deny Rumors Of Imminent Howard To Lakers Trade

Feb 26, 2012 11:12 PM

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.

Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Jameer Nelson, Andrew Bynum, Hedo Turkoglu, Jose Calderon, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Claims Kobe Considered Retirement Because Of Knee Trouble

Feb 26, 2012 4:05 PM

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."

Los Angeles Times

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

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LeBron Believes He's More Magic Than Michael

Feb 26, 2012 12:37 PM

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.”

Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Source: Magic Not Interested In Howard For Bynum Trade

Feb 26, 2012 11:58 AM

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.

Peter Vecsey/New York Post

Tags: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Study: Lin More Marketable Than Kobe, LeBron
Jeremy Lin is more marketable than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, according to a recent Nielsen poll.

USA TODAY

Bynum Scheduled To Receive Synvisc Injection During All-Star Break
Andrew Bynum is scheduled to undergo a procedure on his troublesome right knee.

Orange County Register

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.

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

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.

ESPNLosAngeles.com

Rose Refutes Request Of Gasol Trade
Derrick Rose has denied lobbying the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Caracter To Join D-League's Vipers
Derrick Caracter will join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

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.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

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.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Kupchak Responds To Comments From Kobe, Gasol
Kobe Bryant publicly said he would prefer the Lakers not to drag out Pau Gasol trade rumors.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Chris Sheridan/SheridanHoops.com

Kobe Seeks Resolution To Gasol Situation
Kobe Bryant has reached a point of frustration with Pau Gasol trade rumors.

Los Angeles Times

Kupchak: Lakers Probably Done Dealing
Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate making any additional roster moves before the in-season trade deadline.

SI.com

Kobe Believes Trade Speculation Bothering Gasol
Pau Gasol shot 4-of-13 from the floor against the Suns on Friday.

Los Angeles Times

Gasol Unsure Of Future With Lakers
Pau Gasol admitted to being bothered by constant trade chatter.

ESPNLosAngeles.com

Source: J.R. Smith Narrows List To Knicks, Clippers
The Knicks and Clippers are frontrunners to sign J.R. Smith, according to a source.

ESPN

Lakers Assign Ebanks To D-Fenders
Devin Ebanks will log a second stint in the D-League.

RealGM Staff Report

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

J. Michael Falgoust/USA TODAY

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.

National Post

Bryant Endorses Arenas Signing
The Lakers are looking for backcourt help.

Los Angeles Times