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Lonzo Ball Picks LeBron James Over Kobe Bryant

Aug 11, 2017 11:08 PM

Lonzo Ball was asked to pick between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The question came following Michael Jordan's comments in saying Bryant has the edge over James.

"My favorite player was LeBron growing up," said Ball. "But he does have a point. Championships do mean a lot. But, uhh, it's tough. I'm a Laker. I want to go with Kobe. But I've been saying LeBron for my whole life, so I'ma go with LeBron."

The question is a difficult one for Ball to answer as Bryant is a legendary member of the Los Angeles Lakers, while the team expects to pursue James next summer.

Ball was the second overall pick in the June draft.

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V.J. Beachem Signs Camp Deal With Lakers

Aug 9, 2017 1:24 PM

V.J. Beachem has agreed upon a partially guaranteed camp deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Beacham played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in Summer League.

Beachem went undrafted in 2017 out of Notre Dame.

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Stephen Zimmerman Signs Camp Deal With Lakers

Aug 9, 2017 11:50 AM

Stephen Zimmerman has agreed upon a partially guaranteed camp deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Zimmerman was a second round pick by the Orlando Magic in 2016. Zimmerman played for the Magic and Milwaukee Bucks in Summer League.

Zimmerman averaged 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks in 29.9 minutes over 21 games in the G-League last season.

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Lakers Interviewing Candidates For Director Of Player Development Role

Aug 4, 2017 8:19 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are interviewing candidates for a director of player development role.

Corey Maggette, Lester Conner and Mo Peterson have interviewed for the job that would report to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

Maggette has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Johnson and Pelinka assumed control of the Lakers' front office in February.

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Vander Blue Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Lakers

Jul 30, 2017 9:23 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Vander Blue have agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal.

Blue last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season with the Lakers. Blue averaged 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.4 minutes per game during Summer League.

Blue was the 2017 MVP of the G-League.

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Lakers Agree To Guaranteed Deal With Thomas Bryant

Jul 27, 2017 5:39 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign Thomas Bryant to a guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season.

The Lakers will hold a team option for Bryant for the 18-19 season as they want to preserve cap space.

Bryant was the No. 42 overall pick by the Lakers in the 2017 draft out of Indiana.

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Lakers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Tyler Ennis

Jul 25, 2017 4:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a two-year deal with Tyler Ennis.

The Lakers hold a team option for Year 2 of the deal as they look to preserve their 2018 cap space.

Derrick Rose was also an option for the Lakers as they search for Lonzo Ball's backup at point guard.

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Derrick Rose Meeting With Cavaliers To Discuss One-Year, $2.1M Deal

Jul 24, 2017 10:39 AM

Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are meeting on Monday to discuss a one-year contract.

Rose's deal would be for one-year at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.

Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, but appears to be leaning towards joining the Cavaliers. Rose would prefer to sign with a contender to rebuild his trade value.

The Cavaliers' discussions with Rose come amid Kyrie Irving's trade request.

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Rich Paul Reached Out To Lakers On Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Jul 19, 2017 12:26 AM

Rich Paul reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers about their interest in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as he knew they had ample cap space this offseason that they were trying to preserve for 2018.

“Rich had called us with a possibility he would consider us for a one-year deal,” Magic Johnson said. “Rob and I really started watching film and we were just blown away. ... I wanted somebody mean and tough that we could count on to get that big stop for us.”

Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers.

Johnson and Rob Pelinka both thanked Paul for his work in helping the deal go smoothly.

Paul also represents LeBron James, who the Lakers are expected to pursue in 2018.

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Lonzo Ball Named Summer League MVP

Jul 18, 2017 10:48 AM

Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of NBA Summer League 2017 and headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams, as selected by a panel of media members.

Ball, the first Laker to be named NBA Summer League MVP, averaged 16.3 points and a league-leading 9.3 assists to go with 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He recorded two triple-doubles, including the first in Las Vegas since 2008, when he contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in an 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics on July 8. On July 13, he tallied a triple-double of 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Joining Ball on the All-NBA Summer League First Team are John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), Josh Jackson (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) and Caleb Swanigan (Portland).

The Second Team is composed of Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans), Bryn Forbes (San Antonio Spurs), Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Selden Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jayson Tatum (Boston).

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Lonzo Ball Making 'Statement To Brands' By Changing Up Shoes
Lonzo Ball has worn Nike, Adidas and Under Armour shoes during Summer League.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Receives 15 Percent Trade Kicker In Lakers' Deal
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also receives a 50 percent advance in the deal.

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Lakers Agree To Sign Alex Caruso To Two-Way Contract
In 50 games in the G-League last season, Alex Caruso averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

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Lonzo Ball Records Summer League's First 30-Point, 10-Assist Game
Lonzo Ball had 36 points and 11 assists in his third Summer League game.

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Lonzo Ball Wears Nike Shoes In Breakthrough Summer League Performance
Lonzo Ball had 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks wearing the Kobe Bryant Nikes.

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Lakers Waive David Nwaba
David Nwaba played in 20 games for the Lakers, averaging 6.0 points (.580 FG%) and 3.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Agrees To One-Year, $18M Deal With Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Pistons last season.

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Lakers Meet With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo
The Lakers have $17 million in cap space though they're also preserving it for the 2018 offseason.

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Paul George Describes Interest In Lakers As 'Overstated'
Paul George expressed a lack of interest in joining the Lakers unless other players commit to sign there as well.

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Brandon Ingram Out For Summer League Due To Leg Cramps
Brandon Ingram will miss the remainder of Summer League after sustaining cramps in his right leg in the Lakers opening game.

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Magic Johnson Wants Free Agents To Say 'Lakers Got Enough Firepower Now'
Magic Johnson is confident the Lakers will be in a position to pitch 2018 free agents due to their young core of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.

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LaVar Ball Told Magic Johnson Pre-Draft 'It's Marketing'
During a critical pre-draft meeting with the Lakers, LaVar Ball spoke honestly to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about his intentions.

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Jamal Crawford Unlikely To Join Lakers, Expected Interest From Wolves, Cavs, Wizards
The Lakers and Jamal Crawford have cooled their mutual interest.

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Dion Waiters To Re-Sign With Heat On Four-Year, $52M Deal
Dion Waiters had a breakout season with the Heat in 16-17.

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Dion Waiters Close To Decision Between Heat, Lakers, Knicks
Dion Waiters had a breakout season with the Heat after signing a one-year, makegood contract.

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Jamal Crawford Prefers To Sign With Lakers
The Lakers have interest in signing Jamal Crawford on a one-year deal at a significant salary.

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George Hill Discussing One-Year Deal With Lakers
The Lakers and George Hill are meeting to discuss a one-year deal.

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Warriors Consider Signing Nick Young
Nick Young had a productive season in 16-17 with the Lakers.

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Lakers Still Confident Paul George Will Sign In 2018
According to a report, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have already conveyed to Paul George "behind the scenes how he can be the first to experience what they will do" running the Lakers.

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Lakers Waive Tarik Black
Tarik Black has averaged 5.5 points (.543 FG%) and 5.1 rebounds in 144 career games (43 starts) with the Lakers.

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