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Ryan Coogler To Produce LeBron James' Space Jam Film

Sep 19, 2018 5:22 PM

Ryan Coogler will produce the long-anticipated sequel to Space Jam starring LeBron James.

Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, will direct. 

Production on the film will begin in 2019 during the NBA offseason.

“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

James has been in The Finals in every season dating back to 2011, which has shortened his typical offseason. James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.

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Andrew Bynum Working Out At Lakers' Practice Facility

Sep 12, 2018 11:57 AM

Andrew Bynum worked out at the Los Angeles Lakers' practice facility this week as he pursues a return to the NBA.

While it wasn't an official workout with the Lakers, they gave him the opportunity for open gym runs.

Bynum hasn't played in the NBA since the 14-15 season.

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LeBron James Sells Show To NBC Based On Ben Simmons' Life

Sep 12, 2018 10:07 AM

LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment has sold a script to NBC based on the life of Ben Simmons.

Brotherly Love is inspired by the life of Ben Simmons and centers on a unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family. 

Former Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang is co-executive producer.

Simmons was born and raised in Australia to an Australian mother and American-born professional basketball player father. 

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Tags: Ben Simmons, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver On The Pacific Division

Sep 8, 2018 2:45 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, Lakers, Clippers, Suns and Kings 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

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Luol Deng Takes $7.3M Salary Reduction In Buyout With Lakers

Sep 4, 2018 4:50 PM

Luol Deng agreed to a $7.3 million reduction in salary with his buyout agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers will use the waive and stretch provision on Deng.

The Lakers will have $38 million in cap space in 2019.

Deng played in just one game last season with the Lakers.

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Wolves Remain Interested In Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

Sep 2, 2018 4:22 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves remain interested in Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.

Deng was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers this weekend using the stretch provision.

Noah remains with the New York Knicks, but is widely expected to eventually be stretched.

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Tags: Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luol Deng Agrees To Buyout With Lakers

Sep 1, 2018 11:32 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Luol Deng have reached agreement on a buyout.

The Lakers will use the waive-and-stretch provision on Deng's remaining salary.

Deng was owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons.

Deng will enter free agency.

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Kobe Bryant: Zero Percent Chance I Play Basketball Again

Aug 27, 2018 2:20 PM

Kobe Bryant continues to dispute rumors that he could eventually play in the Big 3.

“There’s about a zero percent chance that I come back and play,” Bryant said on the Rich Eisen show.

“Nothing (makes a zero with his fingers). Done, that’s it.”

Bryant also said that he doesn't miss playing basketball.

”Never (have I missed it). Never. Here’s the thing: For us athletes, it’s really hard to transition from that. I was really personal about it when I wrote ‘Dear Basketball,’ but that is the true challenge: Finding what comes next, and finding something you love to do every bit as much as you loved your first passion. That is a challenge for us, and I think unfortunately for us athletes, we’ve been pigeonholed into thinking that we can only be one thing."

Bryant retired from basketball in 2016.

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Jimmy Butler Open To Signing With Lakers In 2019

Aug 24, 2018 4:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on pursuing another max contract free agent next offseason.

The 2019 free agency class includes Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and others.

According to a source close to Butler, he's open to the idea of joining LeBron James with the Lakers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves traded for Butler on draft night in 2017.

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Kawhi Leonard Approaching Raptors With Open Mind

Aug 23, 2018 11:42 AM

San Antonio Express-News beat reporter Jabari Young has been one of the most plugged in reporters on Kawhi Leonard and he was asked if he believes the Toronto Raptors have a chance to re-sign him.

“Based off of me talking to people within his circle, they’re going to go into this thing with an open mind and give this thing every last opportunity to work," said Young on TSN. "And at the end of the day, if that’s the case, it would be great if he stays. Obviously, I think part of his mind, yes, let’s keep it real: I think he still feels like L.A. might be the destination, but the same time, he plans to go into this thing with an open mind, giving it every single shot in the world to make it work.”

Leonard contended he wanted to spend his entire career with the Spurs just a few months before he requested a trade.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul George Didn't Want To Waste Lakers' Time In Free Agency
Paul George announced his decision at a house party in Oklahoma hosted by Russell Westbrook.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers
Kawhi Leonard can only sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a rival team.

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Daryl Morey: LeBron James Is Greatest Ever 'By A Bit Of A Big Margin'
LeBron James has won three titles and four MVPs to six titles and five MVPs by Michael Jordan.

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Kyle Kuzma: Many Are Underestimating Lakers
The Lakers signed LeBron James and then added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley in the offseason.

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LeBron James To Return To Cleveland With Lakers On Nov. 21
The Lakers will open the season at the Blazers on Oct. 18 followed by their home opener on Oct. 20 against the Rockets.

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Lakers To Play At Warriors On Christmas Day
The Warriors have played LeBron James on Christmas Day when he was with the Cavaliers on every Christmas Day since 2016.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Heat Sign Malik Newman
Malik Newman signed a two-way contract with the Lakers on July 1 before being waived on July 19.

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Luol Deng Wants To Play, Seeks Clarity From Lakers
Luol Deng's fit moving forward remains unclear as they have been unable to trade him and didn't need to use the stretch provision on him this offseason.

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers
LeBron James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers.

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LeBron James Makes First Public Comments About Signing With Lakers
LeBron James agreed to sign with the Lakers on July 1st.

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Lakers Sign Travis Wear To Two-Way Contract
Travis Wear played in 17 games last season with the Lakers.

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Michael Beasley Agrees To Sign With Lakers On One-Year, $3.5M Deal
The Lakers continue to value playmakers in free agency.

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Lakers Waive Malik Newman
Malik Newman scored 3.2 points per game in 9.8 minutes.

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Talking To Other Stars About 2019 Free Agency Plans
Kawhi Leonard has been in conversation with other players about playing in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Lonzo Ball Undergoes Successful Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Camp
Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.

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Josh Hart Named MVP Of 2018 NBA Summer League
Joining Josh Hart on the Summer League First Team are Wendell Carter Jr., Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton and Christian Wood.

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

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LeBron James Won't Participate In USA Basketball's Minicamp
LeBron James did not play on the 2016 USA Basketball entry that won gold in Rio.

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Spurs Continue To Have High Threshold On Kawhi Leonard Trade
The Spurs aren't nearing a deal of Kawhi Leonard.

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Lonzo Ball To Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery On Left knee
Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus.

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