Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • Report: Kings heavily engaged in trade talks to land D’Angelo Russell

    ClutchPoints "Two former rivals in the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen on tough times lately, and now they’re currently in talks to make a deal to help them potentially become playoff contenders once again. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Kings are “heavily engaged in trade talks”..." June 23

  • Lakers select Duke's Brandon Ingram with second-overall pick in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hoped to find a cornerstone of their future by selecting Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the NBA draft Thursday. Ingram is a reed-thin small forward who shot extremely well in his only season at Duke, making 80 three-pointers on 41% accuracy behind the arc. He averaged 17.3..." June 23

  • Nick Young dumped Iggy Azalea for baby mama, who is pregnant again

    Larry Brown Sports "It has widely been assumed that Iggy Azalea broke up with Nick Young because he cheated on her, but was it actually the Los Angeles Lakers swingman who called things off? According to some juicy gossip from, Young is the one who dumped Iggy. The report claims Swaggy P has..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Brandon Bass Declines Player Option

    Hoops Rumors "JUNE 22: Bass has now officially opted out of his deal with the Lakers, making him a free agent on July 1st, tweets Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. JUNE 16: Brandon Bass will turn down his $3.135MM player option for next season with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent, the..." June 22

  • Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, barring a last minute blockbuster trade. The Lakers spent three hours huddled with new head coach Luke Walton on Tuesday night before signaling to multiple league sources that Ingram..." June 22

  • Nick Young reportedly trading car to Iggy Azalea for engagement ring

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Young and Iggy Azalea are sorting out the details of their breakup, and it sounds like there could be some financial issues even though they were not married. According to TMZ, Iggy has agreed to give Young her engagement ring back if she gets to keep the 1962 Chevy Impala she got for the..." June 22

  • Mitch Kupchak told D’Angelo Russell not to worry about trade rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell grew accustomed to trade rumors much sooner than most other NBA players, as there was speculation throughout much of his rookie season last year that the Lakers point guard could be dealt. Should he be concerned now that the offseason is here? Apparently not. Russell said..." June 22

  • Pistons, Magic, Lakers expected to make run at Al Horford

    Peachtree Hoops "The free agency buzz hasn’t quite shifted into high gear yet but teams are making preparations for what will be a wild month of July. The Atlanta Hawks figure to be at the forefront of a lot of that with two key players in Al Horford and Kent Bazemore hitting the open market. Horford in particular..." June 22

  • Lakers can be great again, but rushing it would waste money and resources

    Sporting News "For the first time since 1995, the Lakers enter the NBA offseason without Kobe Bryant on their balance sheets. Bryant helped define the West Coast’s glamour team for two decades, but securing the No. 2 pick in the second consecutive NBA Draft allows them the chance to create the foundation for..." June 21

  • Report: Lakers would’ve targeted Brandon Ingram if they got No. 1 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 76ers will reportedly draft Ben Simmons No. 1 overall Thursday, which leaves consensus top-two prospect Brandon Ingram to the Lakers at No. 2. The Lakers say they’re just fine with that. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Ingram is the player the Lakers would have targeted at No. 1 had..." June 21

  • Iggy Azalea has Nick Young’s car towed, things tossed in driveway

    Larry Brown Sports "Iggy Azalea appears to be quite serious about ending her relationship with Nick Young. Just days after the two announced in very different ways that they have broken off their engagement, photos emerged that show some of Young’s personal belongings strewn about the driveway of the home the..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • D'Angelo Russell has the best advice for Ben Simmons in new commercial

    CBS Sports "It appears D'Angelo Russell has learned from his mistakes. He may relentlessly be referred to as a "snitch" on social media, but Russell is trying to change his image. The second team All-Rookie guard gained infamy in March after a video he shot, in which teammate Nick Young allegedly admits..." June 21

  • Jeanie Buss Says Phil Jackson Won’t Come Back

    Lake Show Life "Though she has been heavily criticized in the past during her media appearances on the Lakers behalf, Lakers president Jeanie Buss sat down with Sports Business Daily to talk about the state of the Lakers, her power in the organization, the possibility of New York Knicks president Phil Jackson..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James could still go to Lakers, Heat

    Larry Brown Sports "Now that LeBron James has fulfilled his promise by delivering an NBA championship to the city of Cleveland, is he more or less likely to remain with the Cavaliers for the rest of his career? This may come as a shock, but ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is wasting no time stoking the LeBron free agency..." June 21

  • Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Break Up One Year After Getting Engaged

    E News "Another Hollywood couple has called it quits. Iggy Azalea took to Instagram Sunday afternoon to give fans an update on her relationship with Nick Young. By the sounds of it, this pair is no longer together. "Unfortunately, although I love Nick and I have tried and tried to rebuild my trust..." June 20

  • Lakers may look to trade Russell for top 5 pick

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell’s stay in Los Angeles may prove to be a short one. ESPN’s Chad Ford appeared on SportsCenter Saturday and said that there is a possibility the Lakers shop Russell to get a second pick in the top five of the NBA Draft. “While I still believe that it will be [Brandon] Ingram..." June 18

  • Brandon Bass to opt for free agency

    ESPN "Two months ago, there was a report claiming Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass had decided to decline his 2016-17 player option worth $3.13 million. Bass will indeed join the free agent market on July 1, per the Los Angeles Times. The deadline to pick up the option is June 21, so on June 22..." June 18

  • Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield Scheduled To Work Out For Lakers On Saturday

    Lakers Nation "Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Duke’s Brandon Ingram at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, and now they’ll bring in another player projected to be a high draft pick in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Hield will workout for the..." June 17

  • Lakers News: Jordan Clarkson Says ‘I Definitely Want To Stay In L.A.’

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers made a wise decision when they acquired the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and used it to select Jordan Clarkson from Missouri. The unheralded young guard went on to win first-team all-rookie honors and acted as a silver lining for Lakers fans during a difficult..." June 16

  • Five potential trade destinations for Kevin Love

    Sportsnaut "There are no concrete suggestions that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be placing Kevin Love on the trade block this summer. However, we can read between the lines here. It’s rather obvious that Love is not that third building block for the Cavaliers. That’s been magnified during the NBA Finals,..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Metta World Peace Allegedly ‘Speaks Daily’ To The ‘Malice At The Palace’ Cup Thrower

    Dime Magazine "Stephen Jackson has become a regular on The Jump with Rachel Nichols, and the world is a better place for it. He has incredible stories, like the one he loves to tell about how, in the aftermath of the Malice at the Palace, then-Ron Artest turned to him in the locker room and asked him sincerely..." June 15

  • The Lakers reportedly don't want to trade Lou Williams

    Silver Screen And Roll "Lou Williams was one of the few players the Los Angeles Lakers could count on to score efficiently last season. Williams 58.4 percent was the second highest true-shooting percentage on the team behind only Brandon Bass (61.9 percent) last year, and the Lakers' offense was a full two points better..." June 14

  • Should the Lakers sign Dwight Howard?

    Silver Screen And Roll "Welcome to Lakers Linkedin, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers' own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers' should hire them. Today, we kick things off with a familiar..." June 14

  • A puzzling Celtics/Lakers trade scenario floated by ESPN

    Reds Army "ESPN’s Chad Ford is floating “5 game-changing NBA draft trades we’d like to see” and one of the scenarios involves the Celtics and rival Lakers: Lakers send: D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle to Boston Celtics send: Picks Nos. 3 and 16 along with Jonas Jerebko, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey to..." June 14

  • Jesse Mermuys to leave Raptors 905 for Lakers

    Sportsnet "The first head coach in Raptors 905 history is leaving the team to join Luke Walton’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA analyst Dave Miller is reporting. The 35-year-old Mermuys joined the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons as an..." June 13

  • Lakers 'not guaranteeing' who they'll take second

    Silver Screen And Roll "Almost ever since the outcome of the 2016 NBA Draft lottery determined the Los Angeles Lakers would select second overall, the consensus opinion and most current reporting have both been that the team will draft Brandon Ingram after the Philadelphia 76ers take Ben Simmons. Reports still suggest..." June 12

  • Magic steps down as Lakers honorary vice president

    Silver Screen And Roll "Have you ever seen one of Magic Johnson's tweets about who the Los Angeles Lakers should pursue in free agency and wondered "could this get the Lakers a tampering charge, since he is technically listed as one of the team's vice presidents?" Well, apparently the Lakers did too, because the team..." June 12

  • Khloé Kardashian Is Considering a Restraining Order Against Lamar Odom

    Jezebel "Khloé Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom for a second time in May, after the original proceedings were disrupted by Odom’s collapse in a Nevada brothel during an overdose. Khloé flew to his side to help him through his recovery, but things have devolved since. Khloé’s since been seen..." June 11

  • Nick Young hates bandwagon Warriors fans who 'know nothing'

    Sporting News "The Warriors have exploded with success in recent years, which means people who weren't fans before will suddenly claim they are fans. The Lakers' Nick Young was critical towards these bandwagon fans Friday night when he tweeted throughout Game 4 of the NBA Finals. It started with what may or..." June 11

  • Lil B lifts 'BasedGod' curse off D'Angelo Russell

    The Score "It looks like D'Angelo Russell has been freed from the "BasedGod" curse. After cursing the Los Angeles Lakers point guard on live television Thursday, rapper Lil B apparently had a change of heart and said he'd be willing to lift the curse if Russell played him in a game of 21. Russell..." June 11

  • NBA GM: Lakers should draft Marquese Chriss at No. 2

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 76ers are reportedly leaning toward drafting Ben Simmons No. 1 overall. That would leave consensus No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram to the Lakers, right? Chad Ford of ESPN: NBA draft chatter from NBA general managers, scouts and agents is arriving constantly via phone, text and email. And..." June 10

  • Lil B Officially Curses D'Angelo Russell

    Hot New Hip Hop "The Lakers are screwed. The Based God curse has given Kevin Durant and James Harden fits for years. This year was particularly trying; Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder collapsed to Lil B's hometown Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and James Harden earned the dubious honor of attaining..." June 10

  • LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 10th on all-time Finals scoring list

    CBS Sports "Rising to the occasion, LeBron James was brilliant in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. With 32 points Wednesday, James not only led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory, he made Finals history again. After Game 1, James broke Robert Horry's record for 3-pointers in the NBA Finals. Wednesday, James..." June 09

  • Knicks want PG, interested in Jordan Clarkson

    The Score "At his last stop in Phoenix, head coach Jeff Hornacek had three starting-caliber point guards and struggled to keep them all happy. Hornacek has the opposite problem now that he's in New York. He doesn't have one proven point guard - only two wild cards (Jerian Grant, Tony Wroten), a fine..." June 09

  • Knicks reportedly interested in Grizzlies' Mike Conley, Lakers' Jordan Clarkson

    CBS Sports "The New York Knicks are setting their sights high when it comes to available free-agent point guards. Desperately in need of a starting caliber point guard to replace the aging and defensively weak Jose Calderon, the Knicks will pursue Memphis Grizzlies veteran Mike Conley and Los Angeles..." June 09

  • John Calipari says 76ers should take Kentucky's Jamal Murray with 1st pick in NBA draft

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari said the Philadelphia 76ers should select Jamal Murray as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on June 23 over LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram. Calipari, appearing on ESPNU's College Basketball podcast, said Murray is "the safe No. 1.'' Calipari added that..." June 09

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Shaq explains why the 2001 Lakers would beat 2016 Warriors

    Fox Sports "People love nothing more than to compare the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors with dominant teams that are already cemented in NBA lore. But what usually starts as a fun parlor game eventually melts into a pool of bias and delusion. Shaquille O'Neal is the latest to participate, and here's what he..." June 08

  • Jackson predicted Lakers would be sorry for passing on Porzingis

    The Score "Despite issuing some backhanded compliments last summer, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has always been high on Kristaps Porzingis. Jackson even went so far as to encourage his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, to pick the Latvian sensation with the No. 2 pick during draft workouts..." June 08

  • Lakers' Jordan Clarkson downplays financial component of pending free agency

    Orange County Register "The infectious smile on Jordan Clarkson’s face masked something he rarely felt on the basketball court. “I’m tired,” Clarkson said. “I’m tired right now.” The Lakers’ second-year guard could compete in seemingly every practice drill and every minute of every game. Lately though, Clarkson has..." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • Report: Simmons never said he wanted to play in L.A, anywhere specific

    The Score "As the 2016 NBA Draft draws near, the level of intrigue surrounding LSU prospect Ben Simmons and which team he'll end up with rises. Reports had previously circulated that Simmons' camp preferred if he landed with the Los Angeles Lakers via the No. 2 overall pick, as there would be more money..." June 07

  • Kobe Bryant Wants To Shorten The Season So That Games Will Be ‘Worth A Sh*t’

    Uproxx "There’s an injury epidemic in the NBA. So far this postseason, the number of games missed due to injury is at a 20-year high. In the past five seasons alone, the number nearly doubled from the previous five seasons. So in this age of sports technology and with all the attention paid to diet and..." June 07

  • Report: Kobe shoots down idea of run at Rio Games

    The Score "Kobe Bryant doesn't appear willing to go back on his decision to skip the Rio Summer Olympics. Despite Stephen Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge already opting out, sources close to Bryant shot down the idea of the 37-year-old playing in Rio, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Bryant already..." June 07

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