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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

Jul 16, 2017 12:11 AM

Lonzo Ball has worn Nike, Adidas and Under Armour shoes during Summer League.

"It's making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind," LaVar Ball said via text message. "The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players."

Asked whether there's still a chance that a big shoe brand can sign his son Lonzo Ball, LaVar responded: "If the price is right. Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way."

The Ball family has put a lot of time, effort and finances behind Big Baller Brand.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Receives 15 Percent Trade Kicker In Lakers' Deal

Jul 15, 2017 11:59 PM

As part of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, he receives a 15 percent trade kicker.

Caldwell-Pope also receives a 50 percent advance in the deal.

Caldwell-Pope became an unrestricted free agent after the Detroit Pistons rescinded their qualifying offer to him.

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Lakers Agree To Sign Alex Caruso To Two-Way Contract

Jul 13, 2017 1:55 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign Alex Caruso to a two-year, two-way contract.

Caruso has averaged 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per game for the Lakers in Summer League.

In 50 games in the G-League with the Oklahoma City Blue last season, Caruso averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists. 

Caruso went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M.

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Lonzo Ball Records Summer League's First 30-Point, 10-Assist Game

Jul 13, 2017 10:32 AM

Lonzo Ball had 36 points and 11 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League win on Wednesday over the Philadelphia 76ers.

According to RealGM's database that dates back to 2004, no player in Summer League had ever recorded a game scoring 30+ points and 10+ assists.

Since a disappointing opening game in which he went 2-for-15, Ball has since recorded a triple-double and then his 36-point, 8-rebound, 11-assist, 5-steal, 2-block performance against the 76ers.

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Lonzo Ball Wears Nike Shoes In Breakthrough Summer League Performance

Jul 13, 2017 9:58 AM

Lonzo Ball wore Nike shoes on Wednesday, which coincidentally was his breakout performance of Summer League, finishing with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

"At BBB, you can play in what you want," Lonzo Ball said on SportsCenter after the game. "I already played in both of my shoes, might as well get the 'Mamba Mentality' going. Put 'em on, and it worked out tonight."

Ball was wearing purple Kobe A.D.s, which were released on July 1st.

There are "no negotiations with Nike" at this time, LaVar Ball said.

Big Baller Brand shoes cost $495 and are set to ship Nov. 24.

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Lakers Waive David Nwaba

Jul 12, 2017 12:23 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guard David Nwaba.

Nwaba played in 20 games (two starts) for the Lakers, averaging 6.0 points (.580 FG%) and 3.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. The Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo product signed the first of two 10-day contracts on February 28, after tallying 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in 39 games (30 starts) with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Nwaba signed the second of his two 10-day contracts on March 11, before signing with the Lakers for the remainder of the season on March 21.

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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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Lakers Reach Out To Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo, Ben McLemore
The Lakers are unlikely to sign any players to multi-year deals as they keep their 2018 cap space untouched.

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LaVar Ball: Jerry Colangelo Is A Helicopter Parent
Jerry Colangelo previously said the people around Lonzo Ball "present a challenge" when asked about the possibility of the 76ers drafting him.

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Pacers Asking Celtics For Both Nets, Lakers 2018 FRP, Starting Player(s)
The Celtics consider the Pacers' most recent trade demand for Paul George to be unrealistic.

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Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays
Paul George appears willing to commit to remaining with the Cavs, Spurs or Celtics if they remain title contenders.

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Celtics Have Increasing Confidence In Paul George Extension
The Celtics' belief they can turn Paul George into more than a one-year rental has them increasingly willing to part with significant assets to the Pacers.

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Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft
The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a Paul George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

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