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Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 5, 2022 3:33 PM

Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for week 7.

Durant averaged 33.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets went 3-1.

Davis averaged 37.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.25 blocks as the Los Angeles Lakers went 3-1.

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Anthony Davis Focused On Winning Title, Not MVP

Dec 5, 2022 11:42 AM

Anthony Davis is averaging 35.3 points on 64.8 percent shooting from the field while also adding 15.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks over the past nine games.

The Los Angeles Lakers have turned around their season with Davis playing like an MVP candidate. 

"To win a championship," Davis said when asked whether his goals for the season now include earning his first league MVP. "That's it. If your mindset is on winning a championship, the rest will take care of itself. That's always been my thought. I put the team first over any individual awards or accolades that come with it. So if we continue to do what we do and win basketball games, the rest will take care of itself."

"He's been unbelievable, man," LeBron James said. "On both sides of the floor. I mean, playing like the MVP of this league. Just straight dominance."

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LeBron James Questionable For Sunday Due To Left Ankle Soreness

Dec 3, 2022 5:55 PM

LeBron James and Dennis Schroder were listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards.

James is battling left ankle soreness, while Schroder may be out due to personal reasons. 

James recently passed Magic Johnson for 6th place on the NBA's all-time assist list on Friday night.

 

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LeBron James Passes Magic Johnson To Become 6th All-Time For Assists

Dec 3, 2022 4:09 PM

LeBron James is in 6th place on the NBA's all-time assist list after passing Magic Johnson in Friday night's win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

James set the mark after passing to Anthony Davis for three with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter.

"To know that I'm in the conversation or about to get to a point that I'm breaking a record that he set for this franchise -- and I'm not comparing myself to Magic with this franchise, what he did, sheesh ... but it's just pretty cool, always, when I'm able to see my name with some of the greats that have played this game," James told ESPN earlier this week.

James, who finished the game with 28 points and 11 assists, described the win as the best performance the Big 3 have put together this season.

James now trails Mark Jackson, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, and John Stockton in all-time assists.  

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LeBron James Says Milwaukee Game Was Best Lakers Big 3 Have Played Together

Dec 3, 2022 9:09 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers got their biggest win of the season at the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. It might even be the Lakers biggest win of the past two seasons.

LeBron James said the victory over Milwaukee was the best that he, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have played together. James finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals.

Davis was great all game. He turned in 44 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Westbrook played a second straight game without a turnover. Back-to-back turnover-less games is a first for Westbrook's career. He added 15 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists off the bench.

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Tags: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Have Internally Discussed Trade With Bulls For DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

Dec 2, 2022 2:42 PM

During his podcast this week, Bill Simmons floated the concept of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls being logical trade partners this season. The Lakers are attempting to maximize the title window of LeBron James while the Bulls could reset their timeline.

The scenario floated by Simmons involved Russell Westbrook and two future first round picks to the Bulls for DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. The Lakers had interest in DeRozan during the 2021 offseason before they pivoted to their trade for Westbrook.

"The trade I saw on Twitter was Russ and both picks, one with light protections I think for DeRozan and Vucevic," said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "I can tell you 100 percent for sure that the Lakers have had internal discussions about that very possibility, if it would ever come up. "Not that they would do that. Let me be clear."

DeRozan is signed through the 23-24 season, while Vucevic is on an expiring contract.

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Lakers Exploring Trade Options Involving Kendrick Nunn, Patrick Beverley

Dec 2, 2022 1:32 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are exploring three different trade options, sources told Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

The first option involves trading Russell Westbrook and picks for a star or multiple players.

The second option features trading a combination of Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, and picks for role players who upgrade the rotation.

The third option involves two separate trades, with Westbrook and a first-round pick in one deal, and Beverly and Nunn in a separate second deal.

The team is currently leaning towards the second and third options as they determine whether to make a smaller or bigger trade to address adding size and shooting.

The Lakers most recently waived Matt Ryan to open up a roster spot. 

Free agents who signed this offseason can be traded starting December 15. 

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Lakers Waive Matt Ryan, Open Up Roster Spot

Dec 1, 2022 1:38 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Matt Ryan, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Ryan averaged 4.3 points in 11 games this season.

The move opens up an extra roster spot ahead of the December 15 trade date. 

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Lakers Players Believe They're Couple Pieces Away From Becoming Title Contenders

Nov 28, 2022 3:20 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers backed away this offseason from a proposed trade of Russell Westbrook and draft capital to the Indiana Pacers for Myles Turner and Budy Hield, sources tell Dave McMenamin.

The Lakers concluded that giving up both their 2027 and 2029 first round picks for Turner and Hield was too exorbitant of a price given it wouldn't automatically turn them into contenders.

The Lakers also believed that the trade would remain available to them by the Pacers further along in the season.

The Lakers also expect more teams to be open for business beginning December 15th when players who signed offseason contracts become eligible to be traded.

Sources say there is a belief by the leaders in the Lakers' locker room that they are only a couple of players away from turning the roster into a legitimate contender. 

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Anthony Davis Expected To Return Monday

Nov 28, 2022 12:49 AM

Anthony Davis is expected to play on Monday night against the Indiana Pacers, sources told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Davis missed the Lakers' 143-138 win over the Spurs on Saturday due to a left calf contusion.

Darvin Ham said that the team are taking a cautious approach towards Davis.

"He was kicked at some point in the second half [Friday] night and it's a little irritated, a little bruising. So just trying to stay ahead of it and be a little cautious and take our time with it," said Ham.

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Patrick Beverley Suspended Three Games For Shoving Deandre Ayton

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Devin Booker Called Out Patrick Beverley For Pushing Deandre Ayton

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LeBron James To Return From Groin Strain Friday

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Lakers Turned Down First Round Pick From Raptors For Talen Horton-Tucker

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X-Rays On Russell Westbrook Thumb Return Negative, Will Be Re-Evaluated Monday

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Lakers, Pistons Among Teams Monitoring Miles Bridges

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Lakers Still Interested In Trading For Bojan Bogdanovic

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Insiders Interpreted LeBron James Tweet As Signal He's Open To Lakers Acquiring Kyrie Irving

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Lakers Hold Workouts With Joe Wieskamp, Tony Snell

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Lakers Interested In Bradley Beal

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LeBron James Day-To-Day With Left Adductor Strain

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Lakers Not Currently Considering Trade Of Anthony Davis

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LeBron James Doesn't Want Lakers To Waste Season To Wait For Upgrades In 2023

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LeBron James Leaves Clippers' Loss Due To Leg Soreness

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Lakers Will Be Prudent With Trading First Round Picks

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Lakers Have Concerns On Adding Kyrie Irving 'At Any Price'

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Anthony Davis Might Be Available Via Trade

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LeBron James Says Kyrie Irving 'Caused Some Harm To A Lot Of People'

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Lakers Were Unwilling To Offer Kyrie Irving Long-Term, Guaranteed Contract In Offseason

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Myles Turner: Lakers Should 'Take A Very Hard Look' At Potential Trade

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