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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony

Nov 14, 2018 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Houston Rockets and a number of teams have emerged as potential destinations should he either be traded, waived and claimed, or signed as a free agent.

“I heard three teams I think it can be for Melo, and this could change—I mean, he’s still with Houston—New Orleans, Portland and the L.A. Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard,” said Kevin O'Connor.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated previously reported that the Lakers "are done" making any free agent signings in the short-term. Spears reported that the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could also be interested in Anthony.

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Tyson Chandler Chose Lakers Over Warriors

Nov 13, 2018 4:07 PM

Tyson Chandler admitted he decided between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns.

Chandler has made an immediate impact for the Lakers.

The Warriors have depth issues at center until DeMarcus Cousins returns from his Achilles injury.

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LeBron James: I Almost Cracked Last Week

Nov 13, 2018 11:15 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been uneven so far this season as they incorporate LeBron James and a number of new veterans.

“I haven’t changed anything outwardly, but you know me. You know how I am. I almost cracked [last week]. I had to sit back and remind myself, ‘[Expletive], you knew what you were getting yourself into,’” James told Yahoo Sports while laughing after Saturday’s win in Sacramento. “This process has been good for me. I just have to continue being patient.”‬

The Lakers have gone 5-1 since Magic Johnson spoke to reporters and said Luke Walton's job was secure following reports of a heated exchange between the two on Oct. 30.

The Lakers have also been aided by the addition of Tyson Chandler.

‪“He’s huge,” James said about Chandler’s presence after Sunday's victory. “We knew we had a spot that needed some reassurance, and for us to get Tyson in the fashion that we got him and to be able to implement him right away and the impact that he’s made in these three games thus far, it’s great.”‬

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Lakers Sign Tyson Chandler

Nov 6, 2018 6:24 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed Tyson Chandler.

Chandler was bought out by the Phoenix Suns last week.

“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin (Johnson) and I discussed with Luke (Walton) that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding,” said Pelinka. “In Tyson Chandler we addressed that need, and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core. We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.”

Chandler is a native of the Los Angeles area.

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Jimmy Butler Deflects Question On Possible Los Angeles Future

Nov 6, 2018 4:03 PM

Jimmy Butler was asked about the possibility of playing for the Los Angeles Clippers following the Minnesota Timberwolves' 120-109 loss on Monday.

Butler reportedly had the Clippers on his list of preferred trade destinations. Both the Clippers and Lakers project to have enough cap space to sign Butler as a free agent.

"No, I'm in Minnesota for the time being," Butler said. "I'll enjoy the sunshine for a couple days, and then if we go back there, we go back there."

Butler said his situation isn't affecting him one way or the other as he continues to wait for a trade.

"I just hoop," Butler said. "I play basketball. I go out there, and I try to win home or away. I think that's my job. I'm not worried about nothing -- none of that. You [reporters] continue to ask those questions, but it's not going to change how I go about the game. It's not going to change how I interact with guys in this locker room. We'll be just fine."

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Tyson Chandler Agrees To Give Back $2.1M In Salary With Suns

Nov 5, 2018 12:13 PM

Tyson Chandler has agreed to give back $2.1 million of his $13.5 million salary with the Phoenix Suns.

Chandler will recoup the salary when he signs with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Kawhi Leonard Grew Up Liking Allen Iverson, Not The Lakers

Nov 5, 2018 10:52 AM

Kawhi Leonard grew up near Los Angeles during a successful run by the Lakers, but he wasn't a fan of the team.

"I wasn't at all," Leonard said Saturday. "My family was, but I wasn't.

"I liked Allen Iverson, I was an A.I. fan, so I didn't like the Lakers."

The Lakers played Iverson's 76ers in the 2001 Finals.

Leonard will be a free agent this offseason and has been linked with the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

A survey of several league executives had the Lakers trailing in the competition to sign Leonard, even behind the Clippers.

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Luke Walton Not In Danger Of Being Fired By Lakers

Nov 5, 2018 10:07 AM

Magic Johnson said Luke Walton will remain as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers this season unless something drastic happens.

"Yeah, we're not going to fire him," Johnson said. "[The meeting last week with Walton] wasn't even a meeting about that. We just have to be better, and that was it."

Johnson was asked what something drastic could be defined as.

"No, not going into that," Johnson said with a laugh. "He's our coach, we supporting him, and that's it."

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Tyson Chandler Agrees To Buyout With Suns, Will Sign With Lakers

Nov 4, 2018 1:03 AM

Tyson Chandler has agreed to a buyout with the Phoenix Suns and plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The sides agreed to a buyout on the $13.6 million left in the final year of his original four-year deal.

Chandler will be a backup to starting center JaVale McGee. The Lakers have had a lack of size up front.

The prorated minimum for Chandler once he clears waivers will be $2.1 million. The Lakers will have a $1.3 million cap hit on the books.

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Magic Johnson Admonishes Luke Walton For Lakers' Slow Start

Nov 2, 2018 1:54 PM

Magic Johnson admonished Luke Walton for the Los Angeles Lakers' slow start to the season during a meeting on Tuesday.

Evidence is mounting that Walton's job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season.

Johnson's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to Jeanie Buss. Buss has remained completely in support of Walton.

In the preseason, Johnson implored patience for his team and coach. 

"As I was talking to Luke [with Pelinka], we said, 'Don't worry about if we get out to a bad start,'" Johnson told reporters in September. "We have seen that with LeBron going to Miami, and we have seen that when he came back to Cleveland. He is going to struggle because there are so many new moving parts. But eventually we are going to get it, and we are going to be a really good team."

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On the Raptors and Lakers
Host Danny Leroux and Seerat Sohi of SB Nation discuss the Raptors and Lakers.

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Rajon Rondo Denies Spitting, Calls Chris Paul's 'Good Guy' Image Into Question
Rajon Rondo called Chris Paul "a horrible teammate."

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LeBron James: I Know What I Got Myself Into
The Lakers have been competitive in all three games, which came up against teams that reached the playoffs last season in the Western Conference.

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Woj: Anthony Davis Looking For Reasons To Stay More Than Reasons To Leave New Orleans
Anthony Davis will be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason, which will go a long ways to determining what the future of the NBA holds.

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Brandon Ingram Receives Four-Game Suspension, Rajon Rondo Gets 3 While Chris Paul Gets 2
Saturday's altercation began with Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.

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Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams To Two-Way Deal, Waive Travis Wear
Johnathan Williams played in all six preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

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LeBron James Encouraged By First Game With Lakers
LeBron James had 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six turnovers in his first regular season game with Lakers.

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Paul George Would Have Signed With Lakers If Not For Thunder Trade
Paul George said he spoke with LeBron James about his possible future plans before his trade to the Thunder.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Kyle Kuzma Signs Endorsement Deal With GOAT
GOAT calls the deal the "first athlete partnership with a sneaker reselling platform."

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Lakers Exercise 19-20 Options On Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma
Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma were All-Rookie selections in 17-18.

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Lakers Waive Scott Machado, Johnathan Williams
The Lakers roster stands at 16, including two two-way players.

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Lakers Sign Scott Machado
Scott Machado averaged 15.9 points, 8.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 31.4 minutes per game last season in the G League.

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LeBron James Viewed Opportunity To Build New Lakers' Culture As Major Positive
Jeanie Buss had replaced Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka approximately a year and a half before LeBron James' free agency.

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Warriors-Lakers Gives ESPN Highest Ever Rating For Preseason Game
The game was LeBron James' first with the Lakers against the Warriors.

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Tex Winter Passes Away At Age 96
Tex Winter was an assistant coach with the Bulls and Lakers and helped both teams use the triangle offense.

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Kevin Love Offers Assessment Of Being Teammate Of LeBron James
Kevin Love spent four seasons playing with LeBron James after being the unquestioned star of the Wolves.

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Lakers Waive Joel Berry II, Jeffrey Carroll
Joel Berry II totaled 5 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in three preseason games.

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Lakers Hire Kurt Rambis As Senior Basketball Advisor
Kurt Rambis will report to Magic Johnson and support the basketball operations and coaching staffs in their day-to-day functions.

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LeBron James Embraced Gradual Rebuild For Lakers With Long-Term Commitment
LeBron James realized the Lakers would be unable to contend for a title in his first season and believed he had multiple seasons remaining in his prime.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

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