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Isaiah Thomas: I'm Not A Sixth Man

Mar 15, 2018 1:29 PM

Despite a disappointing 17-18 season in which he's struggled to fully come back from a hip injury, Isaiah Thomas believes he remains a central playing in the NBA as he approaches free agency.

“I'm not no sixth man,” Thomas declared in an interview with USA TODAY Sports this week. “And I won't be a sixth man (in the future). I just want everybody to know that, like clear as can be. I'm a two-time All-Star and a starter who has done things that a lot of people in this league haven't done (when) given that opportunity.

“But I got traded into a situation I can't control. There's nothing bad against (Lakers coach) Luke Walton. There's nothing bad against the Los Angeles Lakers. I'm taking advantage of the opportunity they've given me, and then (we’ll) end the season off strong. And that's all I can do. I'm not coming in here saying, 'Oh, I want this, or this is going to happen.' No, that's not me. I'm just going to come in here and be a professional, and when my name is called I'm going to be more than ready for any opportunity I'm given.”

Thomas is averaging 18.4 points and 5.8 assists since Feb. 23 while helping the Lakers win eight of their past 11 games.

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Lakers To Sign Travis Wear To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 12, 2018 5:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Travis Wear to a second 10-day contract.

Wear has averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.3 minutes in five games with the Lakers.

Wear also appeared in 51 games in 14-15 with the Knicks.

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Source: Nobody Knows What LeBron Will Do Because He Doesn't Know

Mar 9, 2018 1:25 PM

Those close to LeBron James believe he could continue playing until he's 40 years old, which means his next free agent decision could still have long-term ramifications.

League sources believe it's "still a long shot" James chooses the Lakers this offseason, but that's mostly because he's determined to stay focused on winning a title with the Cavaliers this season.

"If someone is pretending they know what LeBron is thinking, they're guessing," one source close to the situation says. "How could anyone know when he doesn't even know?"

James' decision will be based on his own self-interest.

"His decision won't be made to please others," one source close to the situation said. "It'll be made to please himself."

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Lakers To Sign Derrick Williams To 10-Day Contract

Mar 9, 2018 8:02 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract.

Williams averaged 20 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in China this season.

Williams finished last season with the Cavaliers.

With Brandon Ingram out with a groin injury, the Lakers have a need for a playmaker on the wing.

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LeBron James Expected To Decide Between Cavs, Lakers, 76ers, Rockets

Mar 8, 2018 1:25 PM

LeBron James will likely be a free agent this offseason and sources say he'd only currently consider joining the Cavaliers, Lakers, Rockets and 76ers.

The Cavaliers can re-sign James to a five-year max contract, while the Lakers and 76ers can create max cap space.

For James to join the Rockets, he'd likely need to orchestrate an opt-in-and-trade similar to Chris Paul's move last June from the Clippers to Houston.

James was previously a free agent in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Billboards For LeBron James Go Up In Los Angeles

Mar 7, 2018 5:58 PM

A fan of the Lakers has paid to put up four billboards around Los Angeles attempting to recruit LeBron James to the Lakers.

The billboards in Los Angeles comes in response to similar ones that went up in Cleveland attempting to recruit James to Philadelphia.

The Lakers have the ability to create as much as $70 million in cap space to pursue two max free-agent stars such as James and George.

The billboards all have the hashtag #LABron on them. One also says "Cleveland & Philly, You Can't Compete with L.A." with a No. 23 jersey in purple accompanied by a gold crown. Another says "FORGET THE PROCESS, WE WIN BANNERS!"

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Brandon Ingram Out At Least One Week With Groin Injury

Mar 5, 2018 11:14 PM

Brandon Ingram, who was injured in Thursday’s game at Miami, underwent an MRI at UCLA Health on Sunday, which revealed a left groin strain.

Ingram will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.

Ingram is averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game this season.

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Isaiah Thomas: My Résumé Speaks For Itself

Mar 2, 2018 12:02 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points in the Lakers' 131-113 win over the Heat in Miami on Thursday.

Thomas faces an uncertain free agency as he comes back from a hip injury.

"All you need is one team to love you," Thomas said after the Lakers' morning shootaround in Miami. "It's like the draft all over again. You just need one team. So that is all I am doing and working toward. Until then, I am focused on doing whatever I can to make this the best team possible.

"My résumé speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can't do nothing but control what I can control, and that is taking advantage of any opportunity that I am given and playing my heart out. But come July, I got to weigh my options to do what is best for myself and my family."

ESPN's Bobby Marks estimated that Thomas could fetch a one-year deal in the range of $15 million to $20 million. But many of the teams with cap space are either rebuilding or aren't in need of a mid-career point guard like Thomas.

Thomas could also opt to go the midlevel route for a short-term deal.

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Lakers Sign Travis Wear To 10-Day Contract

Mar 2, 2018 11:21 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign Travis Wear to a 10-day contract.

Wear appeared in 51 games for the Knicks during the 14-15 season.

During the 17-18 G League season, Wear is averaging 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

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Josh Hart Out Several Weeks With Fractured Hand

Feb 28, 2018 5:24 PM

Josh Hart has sustained a small fracture in his left hand and is evaluating his surgical and non-surgical options.

The injury occurred during Wednesday's practice.

Hart is likely to miss several weeks recovering from the injury.

Hart is averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 55 games. 

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Corey Brewer Agrees To Buyout With Lakers
Corey Brewer was traded by the Rockets to the Lakers last season.

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Shaquille O'Neal Apologizes To Kobe Bryant For Breaking Up 2000s Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant won three titles together before the Lakers traded the former in 2004.

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Paul George Receives 'We Want Paul' Chant From L.A. Fans
Paul George grew up approximately 65 miles from Staples Center.


Channing Frye Undergoes Appendectomy
Channing Frye is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season.


Kobe Bryant: It Takes Special Person To Want To Play For Lakers
Kobe Bryant spoke about his view of the exceptionalism of the Lakers when asked if he might help the front office recruit free agents this offseason.

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Adam Silver To Execs On Tampering: Stop Talking About Players On Other Teams
Adam Silver admitted it is a balancing act for former greats like Magic Johnson to talk about players when they are also serving in front office roles.

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Magic Johnson Has 'Special Relationship' With LaVar Ball
When LaVar Ball criticized Luke Walton, sources say Magic Johnson called an associate of the patriarch to admonish him.

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Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas Ejected As Video Tribute Controversy Lingers
Rajon Rondo aggressively hounded Isaiah Thomas' every move.

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LaVar Ball Suggests Lonzo Ball Will Leave Lakers If Team Doesn't Sign Brothers
Lonzo Ball's two younger brothers are currently playing in Lithuania.

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Isaiah Thomas: I Got My Powers Back With Lakers
Isaiah Thomas had 22 points and six assist in his first game with the Lakers.

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Cavs, Clippers Held Advanced Trade Talks On DeAndre Jordan
The Cavaliers and Clippers engaged third teams on a potential DeAndre Jordan trade.

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Magic Johnson Confident Of Free Agency Plans Following Deadline
The Lakers have interest in pursuing LeBron James and Paul George this offseason, or members of the 2019 class in the following summer.

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Lakers Trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance To Cavs For Isaiah Thomas, Frye, FRP
The Cavaliers have helped the Lakers create cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Lakers Fined $50,000 For Magic Johnson's Comments On Giannis Antetokounmpo
Magic Johnson made comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo in a recent media interview.

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Lakers Listening To Trade Offers On Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle
None of the proposed deals would lead to the Lakers saving significant cap space.

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Lakers Shift Free Agency Focus To 2019 Class
The 2019 class could include Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler.

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Warriors, Spurs, Heat Atop LeBron James' List, Won't Rule Out Lakers, Rockets, Cavs
LeBron James reportedly has the most respect for the Warriors, Spurs and Heat.

Chris Haynes/ESPN (via Jorge Sedeno)

Magic Johnson Reportedly Frustrated With Rob Pelinka
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were hired to run the front office of the Lakers approximately one year ago.

Dan Le Batard/ESPN (via Lakers Outsiders)

Lakers Weren't Interested In Trading For Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin had been linked to the Lakers heading into his free agency, but he quickly re-signed with the Clippers.

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