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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie Interested In Joining Lakers

Jul 23, 2021 2:09 PM

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie each have interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers pursued a trade for Lowry at the deadline but were unable to agree to terms with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan is a native of Los Angeles and remains one of the league's best individual scorers in the halfcourt. DeRozan is a native of Los Angeles.

Dinwiddie also grew up in the Los Angeles area and is recovering from a partially torn ACL. Dinwiddie declined his $12.3 million player option for 21-22 with the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Lakers would likely need to work on a sign-and-trade in order to acquire either Lowry, DeRozan or Dinwiddie.

Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore are unrestricted free agents, while Talen Horton-Tucker is a restricted free agent.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Extend $1.9M Qualifying Offer To Talen Horton-Tucker

Jul 22, 2021 8:25 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Talen Horton-Tuckers, making him a restricted free agent.

The qualifying offer for Horton-Tucker is $1.9 million.

The Lakers have "early Bird rights" and can re-sign Horton-Tucker for a contract that projects to start at $10.4 million, according to Marks. The contract must last a minimum of two seasons.

Horton-Tucker averaged 9.0 points on 45.8% shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in more than 20 minutes per game last season.

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Reggie Bullock To Receive Interest From Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, Lakers

Jul 21, 2021 11:13 PM

Reggie Bullock is expected to receive interest from a number of teams in free agency.

While the New York Knicks would like to retain Bullock, the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers will also pursue him.

Bullock would prefer to stay with the Knicks and will likely seek a three-year deal. Bullock will likely command the full mid-level exception of $9.23 million. 

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Interested In Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

Jul 21, 2021 1:15 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring a veteran point guard, sources tell Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook are on the Lakers' list.

For the Lakers to acquire Paul, it would likely require the Phoenix Suns to participate in a sign-and-trade. The Lakers can only offer Paul a starting salary of $9.5 million with their taxpayer midlevel of exception. Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers for the Houston Rockets in 2017. 

If the Lakers were to acquire Westbrook, it would be via trade with the Washington Wizards likely involving Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker.

Paul and Westbrook were traded for each other in 2019.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers, Spurs Previously Had Interest In Hiring Nico Harrison

Jul 16, 2021 3:57 PM

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers previously had interest in hiring Nico Harrison for a front office position. Harrison was recently hired away from Nike to run the front office of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks hired Harrison to replace Donnie Nelson.

The Spurs instead elevated Brian Wright to general manager in 2019.

It is not known when the Lakers pursued Harrison, but they knew him well after his extensive work with Kobe Bryant. 

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Test Trade Interest In Kyle Kuzma

Jul 14, 2021 3:52 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to gauge the potential trade interest in Kyle Kuzman, sources tell Bleacher Report.

Kuzma signed a three-year, $40 million extension with the Lakers before the 20-21 season.

Kuzma averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.7 minutes over 68 games last season while shooting 36.1 percent from three.

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Dennis Schroder Seeks Bigger Role, Payday Than Lakers Appear Willing To Provide

Jul 14, 2021 3:25 PM

Dennis Schroder is seeking a greater role and salary than the Los Angeles Lakers appear willing to offer as he hits free agency.

Schroder declined a four-year, $84 million extension offer from the Lakers during the season.

The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are expected to pursue Schroder, who could be acquired via a sign-and-trade with the cooperation of the Lakers. The Knicks have enough cap space to sign Schroder outright.

The Lakers acquired Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason for their 2020 first round pick and Danny Green.

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Lakers Seeking 'Difference-Making Playmaker' To Unlock Small Ball Lineups

Jul 13, 2021 3:47 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking "one more difference-making playmaker" this offseason that would allow LeBron James and Anthony Davis to play more at power forward and center.

The Lakers have had a deep center rotation in each of the past two seasons despite the fact that their best lineup features James and Davis at the two big positions.

The Lakers let Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee depart in 2020, replacing them with Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell and eventually Andre Drummond. Harrell played sparingly in the Lakers' first round series against the Phoenix Suns. 

Marc Stein of Substack adds that the Lakers could pursue Lonzo Ball as a potential target for the strategy. 

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LeBron James Would Like To Play At Least Four More Seasons, Finish Career With Lakers

Jul 12, 2021 6:12 PM

During a podcast interview, LeBron James spoke about how he would like to finish his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James is currently under contract until 2023 after signing an extension following the 19-20 season.

"I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers," said James on the Smartless podcast. "And how many years that is, if it's 4, 5, 6, 7...I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A."

James turns 37 in December.

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Lakers Interview Scott Brooks For Position On Frank Vogel Staff

Jul 3, 2021 1:23 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed Scott Brooks for a potential role on Frank Vogel's staff, sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Lakers recently hired David Fizdale to replace Jason Kidd on the staff. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

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LeBron James Likely Won't Play For United States Again


Lakers Hire David Fizdale As Assistant Coach

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Philip Anschutz Reaches Deal To Sell 27 Percent Stake In Lakers

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Jason Kidd Finalizing Deal As Next Head Coach Of Mavericks, Starting To Assemble Coaching Staff

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Jason Kidd Will Be 'Prime Candidate' For Mavericks

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Alex Caruso Arrested On Marijuana Possession Charge

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Lakers To Hire New Athletic Trainer, Expected To Restructure Approach To Player Health

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LeBron James Criticizes Decision To Start Season Early As Playoffs Suffer Injury Surge

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Magic Granted Permission To Interview Jason Kidd

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Cavaliers Interested In Alex Caruso, T.J. McConnell

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Hornets, Lakers, Knicks, Wolves Interested In Myles Turner

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LeBron James To Switch From No. 23 To No. 6 Next Season

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NBA Fines Pat Riley $25,000 For Tampering Comments On LeBron James

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Lakers Promised Starting Job To Andre Drummond Before Signing Him

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Pat Riley Publicly Says He's Open To LeBron James Reunion With Heat

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Rob Pelinka Says Lakers To Try To Keep 'Core Group Together' For Next Season

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Blazers Expected To Target Jason Kidd In Coaching Search

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Anthony Davis Doesn't Regret Trying To Play Game 6

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LeBron James Won't Play In Tokyo Olympics

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Anthony Davis Plans To Play Game 6

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