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LeBron James To Return To Cleveland With Lakers On Nov. 21

Aug 8, 2018 10:14 PM

LeBron James will return to play the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21.

The game will be played on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. The NBA scheduled a high profile game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors last season on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

The Lakers will open the season at the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 18 followed by their home opener on Oct. 20 against the Houston Rockets.

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Lakers To Play At Warriors On Christmas Day

Aug 7, 2018 8:23 PM

The Golden State Warriors will host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

The Warriors have played James on Christmas Day when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers on every Christmas Day since 2016.

The Philadelphia 76ers will play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day as well, along with the Milwaukee Bucks at the New York Knicks. Tim MacMahon reports the Houston Rockets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Chris Haynes reports the Utah Jazz will host the Portland Trail Blazers.

The NBA will announce the remainder of their national television schedule on Wednesday.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Heat Sign Malik Newman

Aug 6, 2018 6:07 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Malik Newman. 

Newman began his collegiate career at Mississippi State before transferring to the University of Kansas where he appeared in 39 games (33 starts) last season and averaged 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.08 steals and 31.6 minutes while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point range and 83.5 percent from the foul line. 

Newman, who signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1 before being waived on July 19, appeared in five Summer League games with the Lakers in Las Vegas and averaged 3.2 points while shooting 6-of-19 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line.

 

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Luol Deng Wants To Play, Seeks Clarity From Lakers

Aug 3, 2018 10:42 AM

Luol Deng played in only one game last season with the Los Angeles Lakers as they prioritized developing their younger players.

Deng's fit moving forward remains unclear as they have been unable to trade him and didn't need to use the stretch provision on him this offseason.

“I don’t know (where I fit in at the Lakers) I went with what they wanted,” said Deng.

“There has been a lot of talk. Me not playing was not my call. This is an organisational decision. People can say whatever they want to say I respected what they were telling me. Throughout the year I tried to play and every time they said they wanted to play the young guys, so that’s their direction.”

Deng has two more seasons remaining on his contract.

“I don’t know what’s going on now, hopefully soon I will know, I would like to know the answers. 

“I know the level I can play at and the decision is something they came up with, whatever the criticism or the plan is, none of it was my decision, people need to understand that. They can say whatever they want, I know I can play the game, they see me at practice every day. If it was a game thing then come out and say it, but the honest truth, it’s the decision they made.

“I want to play, I want to be a part of something. But I’m not going to be a part of a place where you don’t believe in me. I’m not trying to knock down anybody, but I play for people who believe in me.

"I’ve taken every opportunity since day one and proven myself, I’m not going to sit here and give you the right answer, I’m going to be honest about it, for me, if the respect and appreciation is not there then I’d rather be elsewhere.”

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers

Jul 30, 2018 6:48 PM

LeBron James said he strongly considered joining the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets before deciding to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I definitely thought long and hard about the possibilities of lining up alongside Ben [Simmons] and [Joel] Embiid or lining up aside [James] Harden and Chris [Paul],'' James said.

James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers, though his representatives did meet with Philadelphia on July 1st.

The path for James to join the Rockets would have been difficult in terms of the salary cap.

James said his decision involved where his family would feel comfortable as well.

Rachel Nichols/ESPN

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LeBron James Makes First Public Comments About Signing With Lakers

Jul 29, 2018 8:26 PM

LeBron James has made his first public comments since agreeing to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1st.

“You look at the Lakers,” James said. “Being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history, and now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kinda like looked up to when I was younger and wanted to make no look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be Showtime like Magic and then for it to all come to fruition at this point...

“I think timing is everything. For me to be in this position now, the excitement that I have to be a Laker, I’m happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers is a historical franchise, we all know that, but it’s a championship franchise and that’s what we’re trying to get back to. I’m happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point.”

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Lakers Sign Travis Wear To Two-Way Contract

Jul 24, 2018 1:25 PM

Travis Wear has agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wear played in 17 games last season with the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Michael Beasley Agrees To Sign With Lakers On One-Year, $3.5M Deal

Jul 20, 2018 5:07 PM

Michael Beasley has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

The Lakers continue to value playmakers in free agency.

Beasley spent last season with the New York Knicks.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Lakers Waive Malik Newman

Jul 20, 2018 10:08 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Malik Newman.

In five Las Vegas Summer League games for the Lakers, Newman scored 3.2 points per game in 9.8 minutes.

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Talking To Other Stars About 2019 Free Agency Plans

Jul 18, 2018 5:50 PM

While Kawhi Leonard has been silent with the media, Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star said on the Back To Back Podcast on Wednesday that he has been in conversations with other impending 2019 free agents about possibly playing together.

"One thing I was told last night is that Kawhi Leonard had already been planning out his free agency for next year and he had already been in contact with other star players in the league and saying 'Hey, where might you want to play with me? What are we looking at?'

"It wasn't just L.A. he was talking about," added Arthur. "Brooklyn was maybe somewhere. They're going to have a ton of cap space. That might have been a possibility.

"So Kawhi has already been thinking ahead to pairing up and playing at a highest level."

The 2019 free agent class includes Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

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Lonzo Ball Undergoes Successful Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Camp
Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.

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Josh Hart Named MVP Of 2018 NBA Summer League
Joining Josh Hart on the Summer League First Team are Wendell Carter Jr., Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton and Christian Wood.

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

LeBron James Won't Participate In USA Basketball's Minicamp
LeBron James did not play on the 2016 USA Basketball entry that won gold in Rio.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Spurs Continue To Have High Threshold On Kawhi Leonard Trade
The Spurs aren't nearing a deal of Kawhi Leonard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Lonzo Ball To Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery On Left knee
Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus.

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Spurs Plan On Reaching Out To Kawhi Leonard Once Trade Is Close
Kawhi Leonard continues to prefer a trade to Los Angeles.

Ben Rohrbach/Yahoo! Sports

Rich Paul: 2010 Was About Titles, 2014 Was About Delivering On Promise, 2018 About What LeBron Wants To Do
Rich Paul admitted it is difficult to pinpoint a primary motive for LeBron James to decide he wanted to sign with the Lakers.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk Agrees Upon Three-Year, $4.6M Deal With Lakers
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was the 47th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.

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Lakers Officially Sign LeBron James
Magic Johnson calls LeBron James "the best player in the world."

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Carmelo Anthony To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Heat
The Lakers and Rockets are considered more likely landing spots for Carmelo Anthony than the Heat.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Bucks Agree To Sign Brook Lopez To One-Year, $3.4M Deal
Brook Lopez projects to become Milwaukee's starting center.

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Rajon Rondo: I Think Lakers Will Crack Code Beating Warriors
The Lakers are building a roster with playmakers around LeBron James instead of the conventional wisdom of shooting.

Bill Oram/The Athletic

76ers Considered Only East Team Kawhi Leonard Would Re-Sign With
The Lakers and Clippers are Kawhi Leonard's preferred destinations.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

LeBron James Reportedly High On Lonzo Ball
LeBron James is looking forward to playing with Lonzo Ball.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James To Wear No. 23 For Lakers In Games, No. 6 In Practice
LeBron James wore No. 23 throughout his tenure with the Cavaliers and No. 6 with the Heat.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard's Preference Between Lakers, Clippers Remains Disputed
The preferred destination of Kawhi Leonard remains one of the most hotly contested subjects amongst well-regarded members of the media.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

LeBron James Not Currently Pressuring Lakers To Acquire 2nd Star
The Lakers are projected to have enough cap space to sign a second max contract player in 2019.

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Lakers Outlined To LeBron James Plan To Surround Him With Playmakers
Cleveland prioritized specialists, many of them shooters.

Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Finds Clippers Less Appealing With LeBron James Joining Lakers
When Kawhi Leonard first requested a trade from the Spurs, he wanted a trade to either of the Los Angeles teams with a preference to the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN