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LeBron James' Camp Pessimistic About Paul George Leaving Thunder

Jun 23, 2018 4:57 PM

LeBron James' camp has grown pessimistic that Paul George is prepared to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.

George was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Thunder last June 30th.

George has raved about the Thunder throughout the process and has grown close to Russell Westbrook.

George was previously reported to be determined to join the Lakers by his 2018 free agency.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are expected to pursue George in free agency.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Spurs Attempting To Keep Kawhi Leonard Or Trade Him To Eastern Conference

Jun 23, 2018 4:52 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are determined to either repair their situation with Kawhi Leonard to retain him long-term, or deal him to an Eastern Conference team.

Leonard reportedly would like to join either Los Angeles team, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are the two most logical destinations for Leonard in the Eastern Conference.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have inquired about Leonard but have not gained any traction on a deal.

San Antonio has asked teams to submit offers but haven't provided a timeline on next steps.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Lakers Inform LiAngleo Ball He Won't Be On Summer League Team

Jun 22, 2018 12:03 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have formally informed LiAngelo Ball that he won't be on their Summer League team.

The Lakers were determined to make the decision on LiAngelo Ball strictly a basketball one.

“Obviously there’s more to it than basketball,” said a source.

LaVar Ball has publicly pushed for the Lakers to have all three of his sons on their team.

The Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Lakers Remain Prepared To Wait For 2019 If 2018 Targets Don't Commit

Jun 22, 2018 8:42 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have plans to pursue two max free agents while also possibly pursuing a third via trade.

But the Lakers are willing to maintain their cap flexibility for 2019 if their primary targets are not acquired. The Lakers plan on pursuing LeBron James and Paul George in free agency. The 2019 free agency class includes Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving.

"We do feel like the road is a flexible road for us, if July 1 happens with one or two superstar players, great," Rob Pelinka said. "If it doesn't, we love this young core that we're developing and we know 2019 could present some amazing opportunities as well. So really any road we go down we're really confident in but obviously for Lakers fans we want to be good, we want to be back in the playoffs where Lakers deserve to be and competing for a championship.

"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then," Pelinka added. "That's just the way I'm built, and I know Magic's built the same way and Jeanie [Buss] ultimately, we don't compete to play games, we compete to win championships so there will be a sense of urgency until that's accomplished."

Pelinka also talked about how the Lakers' past success makes some teams not want to work with them.

"If you have success in any walk of life, you're going to face that," Pelinka said. "We don't really see that as a challenge, we just see it as a reality, but we also feel like because of the DNA shift here and because of the energy around our team and our young core and our cap flexibility, that players want to be here. So whether other teams want to participate in that or not, we can't control [that].

"But we can control the environment we have here and creating energy where great players want to be Lakers."

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Still Trying To Get Stars To Join Him With Cavaliers

Jun 22, 2018 12:44 AM

LeBron James is a few days away from free agency and continues to pursue his options to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"All the arrows point to him bolting," said Ryen Russillo. "But I know for a fact LeBron is trying to figure out if other stars around the league want to come play with him in Cleveland first.

"I know for a fact that LeBron is still trying to find a way to make it happen in Cleveland. I just don't know if anybody wants to go there with him."

The Cavaliers kept the No. 8 pick and selected Collin Sexton.

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Cavaliers, Lakers Believed To Be Frontrunners For LeBron James

Jun 21, 2018 8:56 PM

LeBron James is reportedly zeroed in on signing either with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers were initially on James' list, but the comfort of his family in Northeast Ohio or Los Angeles appears to be a factor.

"I don't think Houston is in the running," said Brain Windhorst. "I don't think his family feels comfortable going to Houston. I think where his family is going to be qualifies the teams. You have to get by his wife, Savannah. And his sons to say "yes."

"I think L.A. and Cleveland pass that and that's why their in the driver's seat right now."

Windhorst expects James to not use the opt-in at this point.

"It sounds like the opt-in won't be the way he goes," said Windhorst.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results

Jun 21, 2018 7:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft is underway in Brooklyn.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton 

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley

3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta): Luka Doncic

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Trae Young

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Collin Sexton

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox

10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia): Mikal Bridges

11. Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit via Clippers): Miles Bridges 

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson

14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr.

15. Washinton Wizards: Troy Brown

16. Philadelphia 76ers (from Phoenix/Miami): Zhaire Smith

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota): Kevin Huerter

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City): Josh Okogie

21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison

23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland): Moritz Wagner

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet

27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto): Dzanan Musa

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston): Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo

32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter

33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson

34. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte Graham

35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier

36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento): Gary Trent Jr.

38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia): Khyri Thomas

39. Los Angeles Lakers (via Philadelphia): Isaac Bonga

40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs

41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando): Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown

43. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Justin Jackson

44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon

45. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): Hamidou Diallo

46. Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop

49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu

50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson

51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr

52. Houston Rockets (via Utah): Vince Edwards

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas): Shake Milton 

55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding

57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey

58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh

59. Phoenix Suns: George King

60. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Spurs Listening To Kawhi Leonard Trade Offers

Jun 21, 2018 2:11 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are willing to listen to trade offers from rival teams on Kawhi Leonard, but have not yet been proactive in soliciting them.

The Spurs are essentially simply adding offers on Leonard to their board.

Leonard is believed to prefer to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shams Charania reports the Lakers have reached out to the Spurs about Leonard, but they have not exchanged any trade proposals. 

Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers didn't gain any traction with the Spurs on trading for Leonard.

“They basically shut the door on us,” said a source.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Lakers Acquire 39th Overall Pick From 76ers For Chicago's 2019 2nd Rounder

Jun 20, 2018 10:06 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the 39th overall draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers had acquired the pick from the New York Knicks.

The Lakers will send the Chicago Bulls' 2019 second round pick to the 76ers.

Los Angeles now owns picks 25, 39 and 47 in Thursday's draft. The Lakers' own first round pick belongs to the 76ers at No. 10.

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Lakers Hold Internal Meeting About Avoiding Tampering

Jun 20, 2018 8:09 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers recently held a meeting warning all employees to make sure they are careful about doing anything that could be considered tampering ahead of free agency.

The Lakers could sign two max free agents this offseason.

Jeanie Buss called the meeting, which was led by Magic Johnson.

The Lakers have been punished twice by the NBA for tampering in the past year and as one team source put it, "we are under incredible scrutiny with everything so Jeanie and Earvin had to make this crystal, crystal clear to everyone."

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Kawhi Leonard To Tell Rival Teams He Plans To Sign In Los Angeles
The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to trade Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Spurs Not Interested In Lonzo Ball
The Spurs would prefer a package built around Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

Chris Mannix/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Could Have Interest In Taking On Luol Deng's Contract With Assets Attached
While the Suns aren't interested in trading for Kawhi Leonard, they could help a team unload bad salary.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Lakers, Clippers Have Reservations On Kawhi Leonard's Quad
Neither the Lakers nor the Clippers have engaged the Spurs on a trade for Kawhi Leonard.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Kawhi Leonard Prefers Joining Lakers
Kawhi Leonard has the Lakers atop his list, but would also consider the Clippers.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Lonzo Ball Unlikely To Be Retained By Lakers If LeBron James Commits
The future of Lonzo Ball with the Lakers could be short lived if LeBron James chooses to join the franchise this offseason.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Has Lakers Atop Trade List
Kristaps Porzingis would like to play in Los Angeles.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Lakers Ask Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma To Reduce Roasting Of Each Other
Lonzo Ball released a rap diss track on Kyle Kuzma this week.

Ramona Shelburne, Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Won't Be Sit In Any Lakers' Free Agent Meetings
Kobe Bryant remains close to the Lakers' front office due to his relationship with Magic Johnson and his former agent Rob Pelinka.

Alex Kennedy/HoopsHype

Celtics Made Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard At Deadline
San Antonio wasn't willing to even discuss trades for Kawhi Leonard in February and they remain resistant to trades so far this spring.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Lonzo Ball Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Shot
Lonzo Ball underwent the PRP shot and stayed off his left knee for about a month.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Some Front Office Members Encouraged Bryan Colangelo To Consider Passing On Markelle Fultz
Bryan Colangelo was encouraged to reconsider drafting Jayson Tatum or Lonzo Ball instead of Markelle Fultz.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Raptors Mentioned As Potential Dark-horse For LeBron James
Chris Haynes has been told that the Rockets are not a realistic option for LeBron James.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Woj: I'm Not Sure LeBron James Even Knows What He's Going To Do
LeBron James has a difficult decision to make this summer.

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Lakers Not Believed To Have LiAngelo Ball In Their Plans
LiAngelo Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball and played in Lithuania this season.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kobe Bryant To Publish 'The Mamba Mentality' Book In October
Kobe Bryant's book will include introductions by Phil Jackson and Pau Gasol.

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Knicks In Talks To Hire Jud Buechler As Assistant Coach
Jud Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team
Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks To Pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Julius Randle
DeAndre Jordan and the Mavericks could again discuss a contract.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Lakers Have Told Teams They Have No Untouchable Players On Roster
The Lakers would prefer to keep their young core in place, particularly Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times