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LeBron James, Lakers Have 'Productive' Discussion About Future, No New Deal Yet

Aug 5, 2022 1:08 AM

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers had a "productive" meeting about their future on Thursday, Rich Paul told Dave McMenamin of ESPN. 

McMenamin adds that the two sides have yet to agree upon a new contract, with Paul saying that discussions will continue to move forward.

Thursday marked the first day that James was eligible to sign a two-year, $97.1 million extension with the Lakers.

James has until June 30 to sign an extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

James could also sign a one-year extension worth $47 million with a player option. 

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Kendrick Nunn Hasn't Progressed To Playing 5-On-5

Aug 4, 2022 9:55 AM

Kendrick Nunn was signed to be a key member of the Los Angeles Lakers rotation last season. Instead, a preseason knee injury kept Nunn out for the entire season.

Now, less than two months from training camp, the point guard still hasn't progressed to playing five-on-five. Nunn says he's feeling 100%, but he's been limited to structured workouts. The hope is that Nunn will be fully cleared to play the start of training at the end of September.

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Tags: Kendrick Nunn, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Darvin Ham To Have More Power To Bench Russell Westbrook At End Of Games

Aug 4, 2022 1:00 AM

Darvin Ham will be empowered to bench Russell Westbrook down the stretch of games next season, sources told Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Buha adds that this could lead to Westbrook getting removed from the starting lineup altogether.

Ham publicly supported Westbrook in his introductory press conference as Lakers coach. 

Westbrook, who recently hired Jeff Schwartz as his agent, has been linked with a move to the Pacers, Knicks, and Jazz

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Russell Westbrook Hires Jeff Schwartz As Agent

Aug 1, 2022 6:34 PM

Russell Westbrook has signed with agent Jeff Schwartz.

Westbrook recently parted ways with his longtime agent Thad Foucer.

Westbrook's future with the Los Angeles Lakers and in the NBA at large is uncertain this offseason as he enters the final season of his supermax contract.

Schwartz was previously the longtime agent of Kyrie Irving, who has been a reported trade candidate for Westbrook.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Remains 'Extremely Happy In Los Angeles', Unlikely To Leave Before 2024

Jul 29, 2022 2:33 PM

LeBron James remains "extremely happy in Los Angeles despite the Lakers' back-to-back rocky seasons," sources tell Marc Stein of Substack.

James and his family relocated full time to Los Angeles in 2018 and they have become even more entrenched in the community.

"The prevailing thinking in league circles holds that only the chance to play elsewhere alongside son Bronny James, who will be eligible for the 2024 draft and continues to develop as an NBA prospect, would spur LeBron to push for an L.A. exit," writes Stein.

James is eligible for an extension on August 4th and he has three options available to him:

  1. Play out the final season of his $44.5 million contract and become a free agent in 2023
  2. Sign a one-year extension worth $46.7 million
  3. Sign a one-plus-one extension worth $97.1 million

Because James will not be subject to the Over-38 rule, he cannot sign anything longer than a two-year extension.

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Ready To Start WWE Career If Not In NBA Next Season

Jul 29, 2022 9:04 AM

Dwight Howard is still hoping to land a deal in the NBA for next season. If he doesn't, Howard has an interesting backup plan.

The eight-time All-Star says he's ready to start his WWE career if he can't find an NBA contract for this upcoming season. Howard said he's still passionate about basketball and that he has "several good years left" to play in the NBA.

The WWE Performance Center, where new wrestlers are trained, is located in Orlando. That symmetry with his NBA career wasn't lost on Howard. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year said, "Imagine after starting my NBA career in Orlando, if I started my wrestling career in Orlando?"

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Sign Jay Huff To Training Camp Deal

Jul 27, 2022 5:55 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jay Huff to an Exhibit 10 deal.

Huff played in four games for the Lakers last season as well as 28 G League games. In four Summer League games, Huff averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.4 minutes. 

Huff is a 23-year-old 7-1 center who went undrafted out of Virginia in 2021.

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Tags: Jay Huff, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rasheed Wallace Won't Join Lakers As Assistant Coach

Jul 25, 2022 12:18 PM

Rasheed Wallace will no longer join the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach under Darvin Ham.

Wallace was widely expected to join the Lakers this season.

Wallace served as an assistant under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis last season.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Tigers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers, Knicks, Jazz Have Talked Deals For Russell Westbrook, Draft Picks

Jul 25, 2022 8:49 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are well-known to be open to moving Russell Westbrook in the right trade. The Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz are the most recent teams to have talked with the Lakers on a deal involving Westbrook.

Those three teams are all open to bringing on Westbrook, as long as Los Angeles attaches future first-round picks in any deal. Thus far, the Lakers have reportedly held off on including more than one first-round pick in any Westbrook trade.

Indiana has roughly $30 million in cap space, which makes acquiring Westbrook an easier task for them than most other teams. The Pacers and Lakers have been linked in recent trade talks involving Buddy Hield and Myles Turner potentially headed to Los Angeles.

New York would have to send matching salary, including that of likely one or two rotation players. With the Knicks engaged in trade talks for Donovan Mitchell, it's unclear how they would approach a Westbrook trade.

The Jazz could offer the Lakers a package of players, as they are kicking off a rebuild after trading Rudy Gobert and talking Mitchell deals. Utah can't aggregate any of the players they acquired in the Gobert deal just yet, but those restrictions will lift in advance of training camps opening.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Lakers Sign Javante McCoy, Fabian White Jr To Camp Deals

Jul 24, 2022 9:13 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Javante McCoy and Fabian White Jr. to Exhibit 10 contracts. Both deals are fully non-guaranteed, training camp contracts.

McCoy is a 6-foot-5 guard out of Boston University. McCoy was a five-year starter for the Terriers. As a senior, he averaged 17.4 points and 3.9 rebound per game. McCoy averaged 10.3 points for Lakers over seven games in the California Classic and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.

White is a 6-foot-8 forward out of Houston. White started 37 of 38 games as a senior for the Cougars. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in his fifth year at Houston. White appeared in five contests for the Lakers between the California Classic and Las Vegas Summer League.

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Tags: Javante McCoy, Fabian White, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Lakers Had Everybody Try To Persuade Russell Westbrook To Embrace Supporting Role Last Season

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Pacers Seek Two First Round Picks From Lakers For Myles Turner, Buddy Hield

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Lakers, Pacers Reengage On Buddy Hield Trade

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Russell Westbrook Expected To Quickly Hire New Agent To Replace Thad Foucher

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis Met With Russell Westbrook To Ensure They Remain On Same Page

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Lakers, Knicks Could Explore Julius Randle Trade

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Lakers-Nets Russell Westbrook For Kyrie Irving Trade Talks Haven't Progressed Recently

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Russell Westbrook Has Never Requested A Trade From Lakers

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Russell Westbrook Parts Ways With Agent Thad Foucher Due To 'Irreconcilable Differences'

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Lakers, Heat Express Trade Interest In Patrick Beverley

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Max Christie Signs Two-Year Contract With Lakers

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Nets Won't Trade Kyrie Irving For Russell Westbrook Without Draft Picks Coming Back

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Lakers Not Done Upgrading Roster

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Spurs Could Help Facilitate Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving Trade For Nets, Lakers

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Kyrie Irving 'Absolutely' Wants Trade To Lakers, No Other Serious Bidders

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Darren Collison Interested In Playing Next Season, Works Out For Lakers

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Have Recently Expressed Interest In Eric Gordon, Buddy Hield

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Thomas Bryant Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers, Will Be Given Chance To Start At Center

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Lakers Not Yet Aggressive On Pursuit Of Kyrie Irving Trade

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LeBron James Wants Kyrie Irving To Join Lakers 'More Than Anyone'

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