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Lakers To Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract

Jan 18, 2018 5:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract.

Hayes went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2017.

Hayes is averaging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30 games this season in the G League for Westchester.

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Pelicans Main Competition For DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Be Mavs, Lakers

Jan 16, 2018 2:26 PM

The free agency of DeMarcus Cousins is one of the NBA's most intriguing storylines of 2018 as the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to do whatever they can to re-sign him.

"I think most teams around the league believe that the Pelicans will re-sign Cousins unless he doesn't want to stay there," said Marc Stein on the Dunc'd On Podcast. "I think the Pelicans are the clear favorites. Now, I would say there's an expectation and maybe even speculation on the part of rival teams, but I've heard Dallas and the Lakers mentioned most frequently that those are teams that expected, whatever expected means, to make a run at him.

"Now for the Lakers, they have other targets. I would think Cousins is lower on their list than certainly LeBron or Paul George, but Dallas going after Cousins would be a very Mark Cuban move. I obviously live in Dallas. There's been talk about Cousins here for awhile, certainly around town people expect the Mavs to go after him. Can they convince him to leave New Orleans if the Pels put that max deal on the table?"

Cousins is likely to have a limited market of teams that can offer a max contract.

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Lakers To Sign Gary Payton II To Two-Way Contract

Jan 14, 2018 9:29 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on signing Gary Payton II to a two-way contract.

Payton was waived by the Bucks on Dec. 18th when they signed Sean Kilpatrick.

Payton had started six games for the Bucks.

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Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson Voice Support For Luke Walton

Jan 14, 2018 10:34 AM

Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson tweeted support for Luke Walton on Saturday for the first time since comments from LaVar Ball suggested he was losing support from the Lakers' players.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that Buss became concerned that the situation was escalating after rumors connecting the team to former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale surfaced Friday.

Buss wants to reassure Walton of the Lakers' commitment to him as coach in the short-term and long-term.

Past indications have been that Walton's job was not in jeopardy, with a Lakers source telling Shelburne on Sunday that Walton's job status is "not even a conversation."

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Kobe Bryant To Host Basketball Analysis Show On ESPN

Jan 12, 2018 5:23 PM

Kobe Bryant will write, host and produce a new basketball analysis show titled Detail that is set to debut in March. 

Bryant will offer observations as if he were one of the players features in an ESPN game played the day before. Bryant will provide a perspective aimed at helping young athletes, players and coaches see the game in a different way. 

“Studying game film is how the best get better. It’s the university for a master’s degree in basketball.” said Bryant. “I learned how to study film from the best coaches of all time – Phil Jackson and Tex Winter. Detail provides an opportunity to teach that skill to the next generation on large platform with ESPN.”

This is the third project for Bryant’s Granity Studios and ESPN.

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Lakers Could Have Interest In David Fizdale

Jan 12, 2018 4:04 PM

During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, Brian Windhorst spoke about the current state of Luke Walton with the Lakers.

The Lakers' front office did not voice their support for Walton following the comments by LaVar Ball.

"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he is most doubt the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton and that is now crystal clear," said Brian Windhorst. "It has been revealed here that they do not have unconditional support for Luke."

The Lakers could have interest in David Fizdale, according to sources that spoke with Windhorst.

"Which coach has LeBron (James) Tweeted about most recently? Los Angeles native David Fizdale."

Fizdale was an assistant coach throughout James' tenure with the Heat.

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Lakers Waive Vander Blue From Two-Way Contract

Jan 12, 2018 3:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Vander Blue.

Signed to a two-way contract by the Lakers on October 18, Blue played in five games, averaging 0.6 points and 0.6 assists in 9.0 minutes. The 6-5 guard appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the South Bay Lakers, averaging 19.0 points and 5.3 assists in 34.7 minutes.

The Lakers roster stands at 15, including one Two-Way player.

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Lakers Back Out Of 10-Day Agreement With Jamil Wilson

Jan 11, 2018 9:41 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have backed out of an agreement to sign Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract.

The decision came after a TMZ report surfaced that a woman had filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Wilson while dating him.

The Lakers may have interest in signing Wilson in the future.

Wilson's agent, Steve McCaskill of Catalyst Sports, told ESPN: "Jamil has been irreparably harmed by the recent accusation, which has now resulted in damage to his NBA career. We will not tolerate these false accusations, but will pursue all legal remedies with the full force of the law."

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Lakers Give Up On Trading Luol Deng, Expected To Use Stretch Provision

Jan 9, 2018 9:39 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have given up on the possibility of trading away Luol Deng this season. Deng has only played in one game this season as he was clearly not in the Lakers' plans.

Deng and the Lakers haven't discussed a buyout since late November.

Deng has little reason to accept a buyout as the Lakers will likely waive and stretch him this offseason. Deng has $37 million owed to him after the current season.

The Lakers signed Deng to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016.

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Jordan Clarkson, Lakers Have Mutual Interest In Trade

Jan 9, 2018 9:36 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Jordan Clarkson have mutual desire to find a trade partner.

Clarkson is owed $26 million beyond the current season. Clarkson agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Lakers in 2016 under the previous regime.

The Lakers are attempting to maximize their available cap space for the 2018 offseason.

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Luke Walton More Annoyed By LaVar Ball Than Concerned With Job Security
A source close to Lonzo Ball said he's more concerned with establishing himself in the league and helping the Lakers win.

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Lakers Considered Favorites To Sign Jamil Wilson To 10-Day Contract
Jamil Wilson is averaging 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.2 minutes with the Clippers this season.

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LaVar Ball Claims Luke Walton Has Lost Lakers
LaVar Ball has had issues with several coaches his sons have played for.

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Lakers Waive Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut will have the opportunity to seek a roster spot on a playoff contender.

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Paul George Won't Leave Thunder If They're In 'Upward Trend'
Paul George said he doesn't need the Thunder to win a championship as a selling point.

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Pacers Believed Brian Shaw Tampered With Paul George
The NBA found no evidence of tampering by the Lakers to Paul George as it relates to Brian Shaw.

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Lonzo Ball, Brook Lopez Cleared To Practice
Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez will each be listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Oklahoma City.

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Paul George: I Would Have Loved Trade To My Home City
Paul George was asked if he regretted reports tying him to the Lakers.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Lakers Hold 'Heart To Heart' Meeting Instead Of Practice
The Lakers' salary cap plans for 2018 was discussed at the meeting.

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Lonzo Ball Out At Least One Week With Shoulder Sprain
Lonzo Ball will be reevaluated in one week.

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LeBron James Talks About Enjoying Christmas Games At Staples Center
LeBron James was asked about his memories playing on Christmas Day.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brook Lopez Out At Least Three Weeks With Ankle Sprain
An MRI confirmed a moderate ankle sprain in the right ankle of Brook Lopez.

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Lakers Nearly Added Tracy McGrady To Shaq-Kobe Core In 1997
Jerry Buss shot down the idea of trading for Tracy McGrady as the fear was that it would take them out of title contention.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Lakers Hired Rob Pelinka To 'Implement Magic Johnson's Vision'
Rob Pelinka was hired by the Lakers to be the cap and business expert working alongside Magic Johnson.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Lakers Taking Players To Monthly 'Genius Talks'
The Lakers have heard private talks with Elon Musk, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Kendrick Lamar.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kobe Bryant Feels 12-13 Season Was His Peak
After the Achilles injury, Kobe Bryant was never the same.

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LeBron James, Lonzo Ball Keep Postgame Conversation Private
LeBron James held his jersey over his mouth as he spoke to Lonzo Ball, and Ball did the same nodding along with James.

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Sources Describe LeBron James To Lakers As Long Shot
The Lakers are widely expected to have enough cap space to sign two players to max contract deals provided they unload Luol Deng's contract.

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Brandon Ingram Lost Confidence During Rookie Season
Brandon Ingram entered last offseason determined to get stronger.

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LeBron James: Guys Absolutely Want To Play With Lonzo Ball
LeBron James praised the way Lonzo Ball has handled his rookie season.

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