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Patrick Beverley: Lonzo Ball Will Have A Lot Of People Coming At Him

Oct 20, 2017 10:29 AM

Lonzo Ball struggled in his first NBA game as he was hounded by Patrick Beverley, finishing with three points, nine rebounds and four assists.

“I’ll be ready,” Ball told The Vertical. “I have to show it in my game, because when we win, people won’t talk. But if we lose, people will think it affects me. It’s wins and losses for me. We know it’s a process.”

Beverley was determined to give Ball a hostile welcome to the NBA that it won't be an easy transition.

“I told him after the game, man, due to the riff raff … he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him,” Beverley said. “He has to be ready for that.”

“I don’t want to get into one-on-one battles,” Ball told The Vertical. “It’s five on five, not me versus him.

“He’s going to do what he can, but I have to do what I can to get us wins.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Lakers Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Vander Blue

Oct 18, 2017 2:06 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a two-way contract with Vander Blue.

Blue was with the Lakers during camp and released before the start of the season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Vander Blue, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

Lakers Sign Travis Wear

Oct 12, 2017 2:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Travis Wear.

Wear most recently was a member of the Lakers’ entry in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, where he contributed 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists as Los Angeles won their first summer league championship. The 6-foot-10 forward played in 42 games (13 starts) for the South Bay Lakers last season, tallying 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

The Lakers training camp roster stands at 19.

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Tags: Travis Wear, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Waive V.J. Beacham, Stephen Zimmerman

Oct 9, 2017 3:46 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on forward V.J. Beachem and center Stephen Zimmerman.

Beachem scored two points with one assist in four minutes of play vs. Denver on October 4. Zimmerman tallied two points, one rebound and one assist in three minutes of action. 

The Lakers training camp roster stands at 18.

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Tags: V.J. Beachem, Stephen Zimmerman, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Lakers Hire Jason Rosenfeld As Director Of Basketball Analytics

Oct 6, 2017 2:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Jason Rosenfeld as director of basketball analytics.

Rosenfeld held the same role for the NBA.

The Lakers have been notoriously late adopters for analytics.

Rosenfeld and his basketball analytics department will work closely with the basketball operations staff, as well as the coaching and training staffs, to incorporate statistical analysis and quantitative strategy into the day-to-day operations of each front office department.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Oct 5, 2017 3:39 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) go in-depth on the NBA’s Pacific Division.

They discuss how the Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Kings and Suns fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, RealGM Radio

Chris Bosh Hasn't Ruled Out NBA Return

Oct 4, 2017 9:39 AM

Chris Bosh has not completely ruled out the possibility of playing in the NBA again.

Bosh is living in Southern California and attended practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday as a guest of Rob Pelinka, who was his previously his player agent.

Bosh and the Miami Heat agreed upon a resolution of his contract in May following multiple issues of blood clots. The Heat refused to clear him upon his physical before the 16-17 season and his contract has since come off their salary cap.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Chris Bosh, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers To Hire Antawn Jamison As Scout

Oct 3, 2017 5:05 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will hire Antawn Jamison as a scout.

Jamison will work under Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jesse Buss.

Jamison played for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. He has served as a TV analyst for the Lakers since 2014 after finishing his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jamison was the fourth overall pick in 1998 out of North Carolina.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 25, 2017 11:50 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Suns (1:56), Kings (8:25), Lakers (13:12), Mavericks (20:45), Grizzlies (30:49), Pelicans (34:59), Jazz (44:12), Trail Blazers (51:10), Clippers (55:19), Nuggets (1:02:12), Timberwolves (1:06:27), Thunder (1:15:28), Spurs (1:18:39), Rockets (1:26:09), Warriors (1:31:30) and their best bets in both conferences.

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Lakers Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Wish For $12M-$14M Per Season

Sep 21, 2017 1:23 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a jersey sponsorship deal with Wish for $12 million to $14 million per season, an e-commerce company based in San Francisco.

The Golden State Warriors' deal with Rakuten is worth $20 million annually, but also includes naming rights to the team's practice facility.

The Wish logo will also be on the team’s G-League South Bay Lakers franchise.

“We talked to a bunch of companies,” Lakers' President of Basketball Operations Tim Harris said. “We were hoping for a company that is more mobile facing, because it helps us to continue to connect with younger fans.” 

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Magic Johnson Subpoenaed In Draymond Green Civil Suit
Draymond Green is being sued by former Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson alleging a 2016 assault.

Detroit Free Press

Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period
Dwight Howard's future with the Magic and long dragged out exit dominated the NBA landscape in 2012 and he feels like the period has continued to plague his career five years later.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Andrew Bogut Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Lakers
Andrew Bogut chose the Lakers for the chance to reunite with Luke Walton and play a key role as a veteran big.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Lakers Promote Jordan Wilkes, Josh Wright, Kristen Andrews, Adi Vase
Jordan Wilkes is responsible for assisting General Manager Rob Pelinka in the day-to-day operations of the team.

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Vecsey: LeBron James 'Definitively' Leaving Cavaliers For Lakers In 2018
The Lakers are preserving their cap space and looking to create more for 2018 in order to sign two max contract players.

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Magic Johnson Turned Down Job Offers From Warriors, Pistons, Knicks
Magic Johnson received several job offers to work for a team before taking the Lakers' job in 2017.

ESPN (via Drew Garrison/Silver Screen & Roll

Lakers To Retire Kobe Bryant's Jersey On Dec. 18th
Kobe Bryant won three titles with No. 8 before winning an additional two with No. 24.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Magic Johnson Asks Lakers To Take Tampering Fine Out Of His Salary
The Lakers received a $500,000 fine by the NBA.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Dwyane Wade Hasn't Ruled Out Heat, Lakers, Clippers
The Heat would certainly consider re-signing Dwyane Wade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Sources: Building Relationship With Rich Paul Was Factor In Lakers Signing KCP
The Lakers will be able to communicate with Rich Paul throughout the season and Dave McMenamin writes "it will all be protected under the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope prism."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Shabazz Muhammad Receiving Interest From Lakers, Wolves, Pelicans
Shabazz Muhammad was previously represented by Lakers' general manager Rob Pelinka.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Lakers Fined $500,000 For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule
The Lakers have been fined $500,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering rule on Paul George.

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Lamar Odom: 2011 Trade From Lakers 'Basically Ended My Career, Purpose'
Lamar Odom is still haunted by the 2011 offseason when the Lakers traded him to the Mavs.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Executives Expect LeBron James To Leave Cavs In 2018
LeBron James has been most strongly linked to the Lakers.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

NBA Exec: Tampering Rules Archaic, Difficult To Enforce
The general consensus is tampering is common but the league is virtually powerless to stop it.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George
The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

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D'Angelo Russell 'Excited For New Opportunity To Start Over' With Nets
D'Angelo Russell realizes the way he was treated by the Lakers was part of the business.

WFAN (via Anthony Puccio/Nets Daily)

Lonzo Ball Picks LeBron James Over Kobe Bryant
Lonzo Ball was asked to pick between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Adi Joseph/USA Today

V.J. Beachem Signs Camp Deal With Lakers
V.J. Beachem played for the Wolves in Summer League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Stephen Zimmerman Signs Camp Deal With Lakers
Stephen Zimmerman played for the Magic and Bucks in Summer League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN