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Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team

May 22, 2018 2:19 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

Jayson Tatum nearly was a unanimous selection as well, earning 99 out of 100 First Team Votes.

Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen round out the First Team.

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Donovan Mitchell
Ben Simmons
Jayson Tatum
Kyle Kuzma
Lauri Markkanen

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Dennis Smith Jr.
Lonzo Ball
John Collins
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Josh Jackson

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Mavericks To Pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Julius Randle

May 21, 2018 11:41 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and Julius Randle in free agency.

Jordan and Randle are natives of Texas.

Jordan agreed to sign with the Mavericks in 2015 before ultimately changing his mind to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Cousins was widely expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans until he ruptured his Achilles and the team continued to play well without him. The Mavericks have an extensive history of working with Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana.

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Lakers Have Told Teams They Have No Untouchable Players On Roster

May 18, 2018 6:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have informed rival teams no player on their roster is untouchable in trade scenarios.

The Lakers would prefer to keep their young core in place, particularly Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

The Lakers have worked to position themselves for the 2018 and 2019 free agent classes ever since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were hired to run their front office.

Some around the league believe the Lakers would be Kawhi Leonard's preferred destination should he be traded by the Spurs this offseason.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Julius Randle Wants To Sign With Playoff Contender

May 18, 2018 2:35 PM

Julius Randle will be a restricted free agent this offseason and his future is almost certainly tied to how the Los Angeles Lakers fare in pursuing max free agents.

The teams with the most cap space this offseason figure to be those that are likely a few years away from contending.

“I just want to be in a great situation where I can continue to grow as a basketball player,” Randle said at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday. “Going into my fifth year I really want to compete. I see the playoffs and the intensity and that’s something I really want to be a part of and experience ... That’s really all I’m looking for, just to have fun and compete in playing basketball and continue to grow as a player.”

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Lakers Challenged Lonzo Ball To Get Physically Stronger

May 17, 2018 8:27 PM

Rob Pelinka sat down with Lonzo Ball at the end of his rookie season and implored him to get stronger this offseason.

"It was crystal clear," said Pelinka. "We sat down with a picture of MVP and First Team All-NBA type players, and we said 'Here is their body when they were 20. Here is their body when they were 23 and they became All-Stars or MVPs.' What you see in that transformation and it was a commitment to the weight room and to getting strong. 

"For us to succeed, Lonzo knows he has to be able to physically take an 82-game season and then a playoff stretch and to do that he has to improve his body. We challenged him there. He's already in the weight room working on that."

Pelinka said Ball is very well conditioned but he needs to add strength to stay healthy.

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Rob Pelinka: Playoffs Have Revealed Young Players Can Be Difference Makers

May 17, 2018 8:13 PM

In discussing the Los Angeles Lakers' draft evaluation of Kyle Kuzma last year, Rob Pelinka talked about the type of players he and Magic Johnson are attempting to assemble.

"Magic and I are trying to build a team of interchangeable, versatile, positionless players," said Pelinka. "Kyle fits that for sure."

The Lakers could have two max contract slots this summer.

Pelinka was also asked about the role young players could play in trying to sign free agents.

"I think it's essential. The playoffs, this year, I think have revealed young players can be difference makers. In fact, as the game gets faster and more athletic, you need that to compete in today's NBA. So, we feel like our young core is incredibly attractive. The other thing we've restored is just sort of the ethos of the Lakers. It had become a little bit stagnant. Free agents weren't looking at the Lakers as a destination. To use a metaphor, it became a little bit like Blackberry versus Apple."

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Kobe Bryant Enjoying Retirement More Than He Expected

May 13, 2018 5:59 PM

Kobe Bryant is enjoying his post-playing career life more than he anticipated.

“It’s actually better than I dreamed of or imagined it could be," said Bryant on Fox Sports Radio. "I’m very fortunate to be able to have found something that I love just as much as I loved basketball. It’s the same process, it’s a lot of work, a lot of attention to detail and getting up early, staying up late. Finding the right people to work with that share that same passion, love and obsessiveness for the craft. And when you do that, when you work with great people, the results tend to be great as well … I’m loving every minute of it.”

Bryant has won an Oscar and an Emmy since retiring.

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Lakers' Patience For 2019 Could Be Related To Kawhi Leonard

May 10, 2018 4:35 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are prepared to wait until 2019 if their top 2018 targets don't commit to them this offseason and that may be related to their confidence in signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency.

There has been speculation that Leonard has interest in signing with the Lakers in 2019.

"That's why [the Lakers] are spinning it into 'wait till next year,'" said one executive. "They know they can get Kawhi."

Leonard would sign a contract worth as much as $70 million more if he agrees upon a supermax extension with the Spurs this offseason as opposed to signing with a rival team in 2019.

Klay Thompson will be another potential target for the Lakers in 2019.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

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Jesse Buss Was Bothered By Lakers Dismissing Importance Of Draft 2007-2014

May 1, 2018 8:14 PM

Jesse Buss specializes in analyzing the draft for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers traded away their first round pick in every year for six years dating back to Javaris Crittenton in 2007.

The pick the Lakers traded away that bothered Buss the most was when they sold the pick that became Toney Douglas to the Knicks. Jesse Buss approached his father, Dr. Jerry Buss, about the strategy.

"When we sold the pick in 2009, my dad and I had a conversation. I was scouting at the time but wasn't heavily involved," Buss said. "He told me we were really focused on winning right now. We don't really have time to develop young kids. It's better to use that money elsewhere like in free agency."

"I had seen other franchises such as the San Antonio Spurs. They were bringing in guys at the end of the first round, and they were still competing and contending. Maybe they didn't play in their first or second year but eventually developing into solid role players."

"I would like to make those draft picks because I think I can make a difference in that department," Buss told his father.

Jesse Buss was promoted to director of scouting in 2012 and proved himself with the Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. selections.

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Director Of Basketball Analytics Jason Rosenfeld Leaves Lakers

Apr 30, 2018 1:25 PM

Jason Rosenfeld has left the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rosenfeld was director of basketball analytics and joined the Lakers in October of 2017. Rosenfeld was previously with the Charlotte Hornets.

Rosenfeld will move to a role in Major League Baseball.

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GM: Isaiah Thomas Skipping Surgery Last Offseason Considered 'Red Flag'
Isaiah Thomas underwent surgery at the end of this season.

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Multiple Execs Expect Lakers To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard
One league executive believes Kawhi Leonard wants to play in Los Angeles.

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Magic Johnson Believes Lakers Proved They Have 'Really Good Young Players'

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Kyle Kuzma: I Feel Like Whole League Is Watching Us
Kyle Kuzma is encouraged by the strides the Lakers made this season.

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Rob Pelinka: I Think There Became A Comfort In The Banners
Jerry Buss died in 2013 and Rob Pelinka wondered what he would make of their rebuilding state.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Could Impact Each Other's Offseason Destination
While LeBron James will be a free agent this offseason, the most interesting story could be the future of Kawhi Leonard.

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Lakers Not Treating 2018 Offseason As 'Litmus Test Of Success'
The Lakers could roll their cap space over to the 2019 class.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Sign Andre Ingram For Remainder Of Season
Andre Ingram averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 47 games (seven starts) for the South Bay Lakers this season.

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LeBron James Cites Family, Winning As Two Biggest Factors In 2018 Decision
LeBron James has previously been a free agent in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Isaiah Thomas Out Four Months Following Hip Surgery
Isaiah Thomas had successful arthroscopic surgery to his right hip on Thursday.

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Isaiah Thomas To Undergo Scope On Hip
Isaiah Thomas is unlikely to get a significant long-term financial commitment in free agency.

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Isaiah Thomas Visits Hip Specialist In New York
Isaiah Thomas decided not to undergo surgery on his hip last offseason.

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Lakers Sign Travis Wear For Remainder Of Season
Travis Wear has averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds during his two 10-day contracts with the Lakers.

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Isaiah Thomas: I'm Not A Sixth Man
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 18.4 points and 5.8 assists since Feb. 23.

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Lakers To Sign Travis Wear To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Travis Wear has averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.3 minutes in five games with the Lakers.

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Source: Nobody Knows What LeBron Will Do Because He Doesn't Know
League sources believe it's "still a long shot" LeBron James chooses the Lakers this offseason.

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Lakers To Sign Derrick Williams To 10-Day Contract
Derrick Williams averaged 20 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in China this season.

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LeBron James Expected To Decide Between Cavs, Lakers, 76ers, Rockets
LeBron James was previously a free agent in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Billboards For LeBron James Go Up In Los Angeles
The billboards all have the hashtag #LABron on them.

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Brandon Ingram Out At Least One Week With Groin Injury
Brandon Ingram suffered a left groin strain.

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