Los Angeles Lakers Wiretap

Bulls Would Covet Austin Reaves In Potential Zach LaVine Trade

Nov 29, 2023 8:55 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned as a potential trade suitor for Zach LaVine. One challenge is that the Lakers can't make any kind of deal for LaVine until closer to mid-December or mid-January, when offseason signees become trade eligible.

One of those players is Austin Reaves, who can't be traded until January 15. Per Shams Charania of FanDuelTV, the Chicago Bulls would covet Reaves in a potential LaVine deal.

Los Angeles would need to trade Chicago more than just Reaves to make the salary-matching work. However, Reaves and his team-friendly four-year, $54 million deal would be a good starting point in trade discussions between the two teams.

Shams Charania/FanDuelTV

Tags: Austin Reaves, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Lakers-Suns, Kings-Pelicans To Play In West Knockout Round Of In-Season Tournament

Nov 29, 2023 1:16 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers received the No. 1 seed in the knockout round of the In-Season Tournament in the Western Conference and will play the Phoenix Suns. The Sacramento Kings will play the New Orleans Pelicans in the other matchup.

The Bucks-Knicks and Pacers-Celtics will square off in the Eastern Conference rounds.  

TNT and ESPN will combine studio and analyst talent for the semifinals next Thursday. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA

Rui Hachimura Out At Least One Week With Surgery To Repair Nasal Fracture

Nov 24, 2023 9:57 PM

Rui Hachimura has undergone a procedure to repair a nasal fracture.

Hachimura did not accompany the Los Angeles Lakers on their four-game trip starting in Cleveland on Saturday and continuing through Philadelphia, Detroit and Oklahoma City. 

Los Angeles signed Hachimura to a three-year, $51 million contract extension in the offseason.

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Tags: Rui Hachimura, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Cam Reddish Leaves Game With Groin Injury, Will Undergo Further Evaluation On Wednesday

Nov 22, 2023 1:09 AM

Cam Reddish left the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Utah Jazz due to a groin injury and did not return.

Reddish will be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury.

Reddish is averaging 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds on the season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Cam Reddish, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Lakers Focused On 'Internal Improvement' Amid Trade Rumors

Nov 21, 2023 1:25 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are focused on "internal improvement" amid Zach LaVine trade rumors, according to Marc Stein of Substack.

The Lakers are one of the teams that LaVine is reportedly interested in getting traded to, along with the Sixers and Heat.

Stein describes the Lakers' interest in LaVine as TBD.

The team is also hoping that the return of Jarred Vanderbilt and Gabe Vincent will give them a boost. 

Marc Stein/Substack

Tags: Zach LaVine, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

LeBron James: It's Me Vs Father Time

Nov 20, 2023 8:42 AM

LeBron James was in a playful mood following the Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday, but he also had a serious message. James said he constantly reminds himself of why he's still playing.

"Just trying to push the limit," the Lakers star said. "See how far I can take this thing. I don't know. I mean, it's me vs. Father Time."

James said he enjoys the competition with players like Dillon Brooks, adding that "Those young guys, they get me going. So, I need that."


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

Zach LaVine Prefers Lakers, Heat, Sixers As Trade Destination

Nov 17, 2023 11:37 PM

Zach LaVine reportedly prefers to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, or the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports.

LaVine is also interested in the Spurs and the Kings as a destination.

Sources add that LaVine does not view the Bulls roster as competitive, and is also looking to play under a different coach.

There is a belief around the league that a LaVine trade wouldn't happen until later in the season.

The Lakers, Heat, and Sixers have all registered interest in LaVine.

Jake Fischer/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Anthony Davis Says In-Season Tournament Prize Money 'Sounds Real Good'

Nov 15, 2023 9:00 AM

Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis was open about one of the draws to winning the NBA's In-Season Tournament. Davis said the prize money is the lure for a lot of the players.

"$500 [thousand] sounds real good to us. It’s going to bring that juice, you know what I mean? … I heard one of our players, I’m not going to say who but he was like, ‘Man,’ when we beat Phoenix, ‘That’s one step closer to this $500. I’ve never had that before.’ So it’s like, that’s a little extra motivation," Davis said.

The players on the team that wins the NBA Cup will each get $500,000 in prize money. For players on a league minimum salary, that can range between nearly half of their yearly salary to one-quarter of it. The Lakers have five players signed to minimum contracts for this season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers, Heat, Sixers Expected To Have Interest In Zach LaVine

Nov 15, 2023 8:42 AM

The Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine are reportedly exploring the idea of him being traded. As the first All-Star level player to come available since Damian Lillard and James Harden, LaVine is expected to have a wide market.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are all expected to have interest in LaVine. The Lakers would be bringing LaVine back to Los Angeles, where he played collegiately at UCLA.

Miami missed out on trading for Lillard, and could offer an enticing of package of expiring salary and young players/draft picks to Chicago for LaVine. As for the Sixers, they just created a lot of long-term salary flexibility when they traded Harden. They also have several players on expiring contracts, as well as some draft picks to offer for LaVine.

Shams Charania/The Rally

Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

In-Season Tournament Games Averaging 1.7M Viewers, Up 55% From Last Season

Nov 15, 2023 1:02 AM

Friday's In-Season Tournament game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns averaged 1.93 million viewers, representing a 73% increase from last year's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Nets-Celtics matchup earlier in the night drew 1.41 million viewers, down 4% from last year. 

In-Season Tournament games are averaging 1.7 million viewers, a 55% increase on the equivalent four windows from last season.

This season's games are also averaging 1.91 million viewers across ESPN and TNT, up 11% from last year. 


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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, NBA

Jarred Vanderbilt Cleared To Begin 'Return To Play Progression'

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Austin Reaves Moved To Bench Role

Jovan Buha/The Athletic

Dillon Brooks 'Ready To Lock Up' LeBron James

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Lakers Sent Complaint To NBA About How LeBron James Is Being Officiated

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Anthony Davis Leaves Game With Hip Spasms, Says He'll Be 'Ready To Go For Wednesday'

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Heat Offered Gabe Vincent $34M Over Four Years Compared To $33M For Three From Lakers

Anthony Chiang/Miami Herald

Gabe Vincent Out Two Weeks Due To Left Knee Effusion

Brad Turner/Los Angeles Times

Jarred Vanderbilt Out At Least Two Weeks With Heel Bursitis

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NBA Opening Night Averages 2.78M Viewers On TNT

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Lakers Plan To Limit LeBron James Minutes This Season

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Taurean Prince To Start Opening Night For Lakers

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Lakers Sign Quinndary Weatherspoon

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Lakers Sign Louis King

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Lakers Waive Vincent Valerio-Bodon, Damion Baugh, Scotty Pippen Jr.

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LeBron James To Miss Exhibition Opener Against Warriors

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Jrue Holiday Interested In Heat, Clippers, Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Sixers

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Mavs, Sixers, Bucks Have Registered Interest In Buddy Hield

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2023-24)

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Jarred Vanderbilt, Lakers Agree To Four-Year, $48M Extension

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Lakers Sign Vincent Valerio-Bodon, Damion Baugh, Bryce Hamilton, Scotty Pippen Jr. To Camp Deals

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