Los Angeles Lakers WiretapDecember 2013 Los Angeles Lakers Wiretap

Lakers, Cavaliers Discussing Gasol For Bynum Trade

Dec 31, 2013 12:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a trade involving a swap of Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum.

No deal is believed to be imminent, but both sides are considering it ahead of the Jan. 7 deadline for when the second half of Bynum's salary for the season becomes guaranteed.

The Lakers could save more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes by trading for Bynum and then waiving him.

A trade would need to include at least one additional player to make the deal work and perhaps other assets from the Cavaliers.

Sources say the Lakers are reluctant to part with Gasol in any trade without receiving assets of some value in return.

The Cavaliers have pursued Gasol since this past summer when they had extensive talks with the Lakers, which ended after Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets.

Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Xavier Henry Suffers Bone Bruise, Abnormality Of Lateral Meniscus

Dec 30, 2013 9:20 PM

Xavier Henry will be sidelined due to a bone bruise in his right knee and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Monday.

Henry will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

Henry is averaging 10.4 points this season.

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Xavier Henry To Recieve MRI On Monday For Knee Injury

Dec 29, 2013 11:09 PM

Xavier Henry suffered a strain in his right knee on Sunday night and will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the significance of the injury.

Henry is averaging 10.4 points and 2.8 rebounds this season.

Henry made the Los Angeles Lakers' roster out of training camp.

The Lakers are without Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

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Steve Nash To Receive Re-Evaluation In 2-3 Weeks

Dec 29, 2013 2:52 PM

Steve Nash went through light shooting drills on Sunday.

Nash is still two to three weeks away from receiving re-evaluation.

Nash has missed most of the Los Angeles Lakers' season due to a nerve issue in his leg.

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Sources: Luol Deng Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies, Nets

Dec 27, 2013 2:53 PM

Luol Deng is already receiving interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets among others, according to sources.

The Bulls have reportedly decided they will try to re-sign Deng in free agency.

“I’ve moved around a lot, but this is the longest I’ve been in one place my whole life and I came here at 19," Deng said. "I’m 28 now. I pretty much grew up here. So for me to think about being somewhere else, it’s a weird feeling. But at the same time, I don’t know what it’s like to be somewhere else. I’ve been here my whole career. Maybe it’s better, maybe it’s not. I don’t know that. The best thing I can do is play, be the best I can be and hope it works out. I don’t know if it will be here, if it will be somewhere else. I don’t know that.

"But right now, I can’t hang on to that. I can’t control that. I think when the season’s over and everything is done, then you sit down and you go through that stuff. But for me to think about it now, it’s just a waste of energy because I don’t even know — what am I supposed to think about? I don’t know what city. So it’s just a waste of time.”

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Kobe Feels 'More Locked In Now'

Dec 25, 2013 9:23 PM

Kobe Bryant has no plans to sit out the rest of the season as he recovers from a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

"I think I feel more locked in now than I've been my entire career, because of this," Bryant said. It was his first media session since being diagnosed with the fracture last week. "The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back."

Bryant is nearly one week into an expected six-week recovery.

"My philosophy on that kind of stuff is: Do your job," Bryant said. "You owe it to the organization and your teammates to get ready as fast and as quickly as you possibly can and to come back as strong as you possibly can."

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D'Antoni Apologizes For Comments To Lakers' Fans

Dec 25, 2013 6:16 PM

Mike D'Antoni apologized for suggesting discouraged fans of the Los Angeles Lakers "find another team to root for."

"I was an idiot last night," D'Antoni said. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have. It was stupid. That's me, I just made a mistake."

The Lakers have a 13-15 record despite a host of injuries.

"To me, the meaning is this: We got a team that needs to overachieve and we have a lot of injuries and we're in a tough state right now," said D'Antoni, referring to the Lakers losing six of their past nine games, including two straight by a combined 46 points. "So, we need everybody to be pulling with us and it's going to take the whole village to get this done. That was the meaning. I just said it wrong and it came out wrong because I was agitated. But I apologize, and we'll move on. But we need everybody to be behind these guys. They're going to play as hard as they can play."

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Jordan Farmar Cleared To Return to Lakers

Dec 24, 2013 2:38 PM

Jordan Farmar has been cleared to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Farmar had an ultrasound on Tuesday that showed his injured hamstring is fully healed.

Farmar missed an extended part of this season due to injury.

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Lakers Agree To Sign Kendall Marshall

Dec 19, 2013 9:19 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with Kendall Marshall, according to sources.

Marshall was averaging 19.7 points and 9.6 assists per game for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are all sidelined with injuries.

Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

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Kobe Bryant Out Six Weeks With Fractured Tibia In Left Knee

Dec 19, 2013 3:48 PM

Kobe Bryant has suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday.

Bryant is expected to miss six weeks.

Bryant returned from a torn Achillies tendon earlier this month.

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Lakers Checked In With Rockets On Trade Of Gasol For Asik
The Rockets nearly acquired Pau Gasol in a vetoed trade in 2011.

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Xavier Henry: Saving NBA Career Doesn't Happen In A Day
Xavier Henry is on a partially guaranteed one-year deal worth $884,293.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Sessions Wasn't Expecting To Leave Lakers When Opting Out
Ramon Sessions might have remained the Lakers' starting point guard with a deal for Steve Nash seeming less likely.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Report: Lakers Express Interest In Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler
The Lakers are reportedly weighing whether to propose a Pau-Gasol-for-Tyson-Chandler deal.

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D'Antoni: Gasol Needs To Play Harder, Worry Less
Mike D'Antoni believes Pau Gasol needs to play harder and be less concerned with his role in the Lakers' offense that has him further away from the basket.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Bryant Working On Getting Pau Gasol To Lose Weight
Pau Gasol entered training camp at 275 pounds, while he was listed at 250 pounds last season.

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Gasol Blames Down Season On D'Antoni's System
Pau Gasol was adamant that he believes he simply does not fit in Mike D'Antoni's system.

Bill Plaschke/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Considering Barbosa, Morris, Duhon, Others
The Lakers are down to zero point guards and are considering their options regarding a potential signing.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Steve Blake Out Six Weeks With Torn Ligament In Elbow
Steve Blake is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

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Pau Gasol Not Ruling Out 'Appealing' Return To Grizzlies
Pau Gasol spent his first six and a half seasons with the Grizzlies.

Scott Howard-Cooper/NBA.com

Kobe Bryant Confident Lakers Will Develop Chemistry Quickly
Kobe Bryant is comparing the next few weeks to a preseason schedule.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Expected To Play Fewer Than 30 Minutes In First Games Back
Kobe Bryant is expected to play under a minutes restriction to begin his return from a torn Achilles.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Kobe Bryant To Return On Sunday Against Raptors
Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles last April.

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Kobe Bryant Has 'Pretty Good' Chance To Return Sunday
Kobe Bryant ruled himself out of Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Lakers Saved $1.1M By Waiving Elias Harris
Shawne Williams, Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly are also Lakers on non-guaranteed deals.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Ruled Out For Friday, Could Play Sunday Against Raptors
Kobe Bryant practiced for the third consecutive day on Thursday and felt improvement in his left ankle.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant Impresses Lakers In Return To Practice
Kobe Bryant passed throughout a 20-minute scrimmage game on Tuesday that was highlighted by a steal and dunk.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Jordan Farmar To Miss Approximately Four Weeks With Torn Hamstring
Jordan Farmar was diagnosed with a tear of his left hamstring on Monday.

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Jordan Farmar Strains Hamstring, Will Be Evaluated This Week
Jordan Farmar injured his hamstring in the Lakers' loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday night and he left the game.

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Wesley Johnson Passed On Bucks, Hawks In Favor Of Lakers' System
Wesley Johnson revealed he declined more lucrative contract offers from the Bucks and Hawks during the offseason.

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