Lakers Rumors & News

  • Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball with Second Overall Pick "Lonzo Ball is a Laker. Sometimes, things just work out. L.A. happened to buck the lottery odds to end up with the No. 2 pick in a year in which a local kid was sitting there for the taking. Just like in 2003, when LeBron James went to his hometown Cavs, or 2008, when Chicago had the No. 1..." June 22

  • Lonzo Ball makes sales pitch for LeBron James to join him with Lakers

    CBS Sports "With D'Angelo Russell being shipped out to Brooklyn, the path is seemingly paved for the Lakers to take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday in which he was asked to assume he will in fact become a Laker this..." June 22

  • Nick Young reportedly declines his option with the Lakers, will become free agent

    Fox Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers’ roster will look vastly different next season. A day after the team reportedly reached a deal to send former No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets, Lakers shooting guard Nick Young declined his option for the upcoming season and will become a..." June 22

  • Lakers have not assured Lonzo Ball he’ll be the second pick

    Sportsnaut "Following the trade of D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, it became abundantly clear that the Los Angeles Lakers would select UCLA’s Lonzo Bell with the second pick on Thursday. But if we were to ask Ball himself, no such assurances have been made. This is likely Magic Johnson..." June 21

  • Mavs were unwilling to give up No. 9 pick for D’Angelo Russell

    Larry Brown Sports "Many saw the return that the Los Angeles Lakers got from the Brooklyn Nets for D’Angelo Russell as somewhat low, but that may have had something to do with his perceived trade value around the league. Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan reported on Tuesday that the Dallas Mavericks were unwilling to..." June 21

  • Inside Look At The Story Behind Lakers’ Julius Randle’s Body Transformation

    Lakers Nation "It all started with Julius Randle sliding into his DM’s. Personal trainer and coined transformation specialist Amoila Cesar received a direct message from the Los Angeles Lakers forward, inquiring about transforming his body, after the season ended. Cesar had recently transformed Johnny..." June 21

  • The Kings Turned Down A Lottery Pick Swap With The Lakers, Denying L.A. Paul George

    Dime Magazine "The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be working really hard in an attempt to get Paul George sometime in the near future. Earlier on Tuesday, the team decided to ship D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov’s unfavorable contract to Brooklyn in exchange for Brook Lopez’s expiring deal and a late first..." June 21

  • Lakers Trade Russell, Mozgov To Nets For Brook Lopez, No. 27

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick. Lopez has one season remaining on his deal at $22.6 million. Mozgov signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Lakers last offseason that almost..." June 20

  • Paul George Trade Rumors: Cavs, Clippers, Rockets, Lakers, Wizards Among Suitors

    Bleacher Report "We knew the list of Paul George suitors would be long. Now we have a handful of teams that have reportedly had tangible discussions with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's NBA draft. ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards..." June 20

  • Lakers, Pacers discussing Paul George trade ahead of draft

    SI "The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers have opened up discussions about a potential Paul George trade in the run-up to Thursday’s NBA draft, according to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. It came to light this week through multiple reports that George had informed the Pacers of his..." June 20

  • Lakers Rumors: L.A. Offering Russell In Attempt To Get Top-12 Pick In Draft

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are hard at work preparing for Thursday’s NBA Draft, in which they have the second and 28th overall picks. However, recent rumors suggest that the team is hoping to land another lottery pick in the hopes of adding shooting to their roster. Teams typically don’t part with..." June 20

  • With Paul George in sight, what are Lakers' options with No. 2 pick?

    CBS Sports "Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are on the clock. As the Los Angeles Lakers' new president and general manager, respectively, they are responsible for defining the next era of Lakers basketball, which could be led by Paul George and whoever they select with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. As..." June 19

  • LeBron James’ wife wants to live in LA full time

    Sportsnaut "There are serious rumors brewing about LeBron James potentially joining the Los Angeles Lakers after next season, and now we have even more reason to believe that could happen. According to RealGM, James’ wife, Savannah Brinson, wants to live in Los Angeles full time. James already has..." June 19

  • Lakers Favor Drafting Lonzo Ball, With an Eye on Paul George, LeBron James

    Bleacher Report "For a Los Angeles Lakers franchise that has lost Kobe Bryant and a historic number of games over the past four seasons, the increasing likelihood that Paul George soon arrives and the possibility that LeBron James eventually joins him is a testament to how the power of the brand holds..." June 19

  • LeBron-to-the-Lakers in 2018 Would Be Great for the NBA, Especially if Paul George Joins Him

    The Big Lead "We know the Warriors are set for a couple more years. We know the Cavs are set for one more year, though there will be some tinkering. As much fun as it is to speculate about the departure of Kevin Love, it’s much more likely the Cavs just make tweaks to the roster, like bringing in a 3-and-D guy..." June 19

  • Lakers have concerns regarding Russell, Randle

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are in position to add some major pieces this offseason, but before that happens it seems as though they may have some concerns with their core as currently constructed. According to a recent report from Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, the Lakers have concerns over..." June 19

  • Lakers have ‘expressed zero interest’ in trading out of No. 2

    Larry Brown Sports "With the dust now settling around the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, it sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers will be content to pick at No. 2. Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer reported Monday that the Lakers are showing no inclination to trade out of No. 2, with Lonzo Ball set to be on the..." June 19

  • 5 trades the Lakers should immediately offer the Pacers in exchange for Paul George

    Fox Sports "Paul George has reportedly informed the Pacers that he'll leave in free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, and his preferred destination is in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. Indiana wil almost certainly try to trade George before the season begins, and Magic Johnson should..." June 19

  • Lakers 'closer and closer' to drafting Ball

    Mass Live "The Boston Celtics have a ton of options with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and those options could become even more intriguing if the Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick. According to ESPN's Chad Ford, that scenario is looming as a real..." June 19

  • Lakers reportedly have not made guarantee to Lonzo Ball at No. 2

    CBS Sports "For months, Lonzo Ball has been the projected No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and when the Los Angeles Lakers moved up to the No. 2 pick during the draft lottery, it seemed like fate -- at least that's what LaVar Ball would tell you. As the draft moves ever closer, however, what seemed like a..." June 19

  • Lakers looking to add another first-round draft pick

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire another first-round pick for Thursday's NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers have engaged at least two teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense. Los Angeles..." June 19

  • Paul George prefers to sign with Lakers as free agent in 2018

    ESPN "Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers that he will not re-sign with the club after next season and the All-Star forward would prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he is a free agent 2018, The Vertical reported Sunday. If George, 27, were to sign with the Lakers, it would mark a..." June 19

  • Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave in 2018, targets Lakers

    SI "All-Star forward Paul George has reportedly told the Pacers that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and may look at signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. His agent, Aaron Mintz, wanted to be forthright on his plans to the..." June 18

  • Lonzo Ball has 'solid' 2nd workout with Lakers

    ESPN "With the NBA draft less than a week away, Lonzo Ball worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time on Friday to give them an up-close look at his training regimen and work ethic. Questions were raised about Ball's conditioning after his first workout for the Lakers, and the former..." June 17

  • Lakers 'in love' with Fultz, may try to trade up for No. 1

    Lakers Nation "On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Markelle Fultz at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. The workout was considered to be a courtesy with both sides being on the safe side, but it may have turned out to be much more than that. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express,..." June 17

  • Josh Jackson struggled in Lakers workout

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Jackson may have missed a chance to stake his claim for the No. 2 pick. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reports on Friday that Jackson’s workout with the Los Angeles Lakers “did not go well at all” and that the former Kansas star struggled with his shooting and his handle. The..." June 17

  • Lakers Maintain Brandon Ingram Is Not Available

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers reportedly haven’t ruled out the possibility of trading this year’s second overall pick, but last year’s No. 2 pick is staying put. The Lakers have maintained during recent discussions with teams that Brandon Ingram is not available, according to Mark Medina of The Orange County..." June 16

  • Lakers courting trade offers for No. 2 pick

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly remain active in their efforts to shop the second overall pick ahead of the 2017 NBA draft on June 22. On Thursday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported a source said the Lakers are "taking and making calls about trading the pick." Although the..." June 16

  • Ball considering talking to additional lottery teams

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball is still considering talking to teams that have lottery picks below the Los Angeles Lakers, a source close to the former UCLA Bruins star told ESPN. Ball will work out for the Lakers -- who have the No. 2 pick in next week's NBA draft -- a second time Friday at an undisclosed, Los..." June 16

  • Lakers, Pistons, Knicks Among Teams Interested in Luke Kennard

    Bleacher Report "Duke guard Luke Kennard scored a career-high 19.5 points per game in 2016-17 for the Blue Devils and has reportedly landed on the radar of multiple NBA teams heading into the draft. On Thursday, Chad Ford of said of Kennard "in recent weeks he's moved up fast" and noted the Duke..." June 16

  • Lakers will spend entire day tracking Lonzo Ball training regimen

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are doing their due diligence on Lonzo Ball. After a workout that reportedly left the team wondering about his conditioning, the Lakers will reportedly set up one final meeting on Friday in which they’ll track his daily workout routine. There have been conflicting rumors..." June 15

  • Recent NBA Draft history shows No. 2 could be bad omen

    Sporting News "Lonzo Ball is just the player the Lakers need to turn their fortunes around. Says who, LaVar Ball? No, actually. It's Lonzo, who sometimes gets lost in the shuffle when his father is busy going viral by attacking Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Fox’s Kristine Leahy or anyone else LaVar can..." June 15

  • Damian Lillard: I Would Play for the Jazz or Lakers If Blazers Didn't Want Me

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard has always been pretty candid on Twitter, but the Portland Trail Blazers point guard turned some heads when he tweeted about playing for two other teams on Wednesday. Responding to a question about signing with a team other than Portland, the 26-year-old pointed to the Utah Jazz..." June 14

  • Report: Lakers split on Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson at No. 2

    Sportsnet "“With the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select…” Most expect NBA commissioner Adam Silver to announce UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball as the Lakers’ first pick. However, with more than a week before the NBA draft, the team is reportedly split on who to pick at No. 2...." June 14

  • Report | Lakers want Lonzo Ball in for second workout

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers worked out former UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball on June 7 and he may work out with his possible future employer again before this year’s NBA draft, to be held June 22. The Lakers are interested in having Ball in for a second workout, according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC..." June 14

  • Lakers Host Josh Jackson For Workout

    Hoops Rumors "After working out De’Aaron Fox earlier in the day, the Lakers are hosting another top-five prospect for a private workout this afternooon. The team announced today that former Kansas forward Josh Jackson will be in town for an audition (Twitter link). It will be the second time the Lakers have..." June 13

  • Warriors consultant Steve Nash won his first NBA championship

    Hoops Hype "Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash never made it to the Finals. But as a player developmental consultant for the Warriors, he got his first title. Nash, 43, began working with Golden State in November of 2015. Steve Kerr, who is the coach of the Warriors, was the GM of the Suns from 2007 until 2010...." June 13

  • Glaring needs for 2017 NBA Draft Lottery teams

    Sportsnaut "The countdown has officially begun for the 2017 NBA Draft. This year stands to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, with solid players throughout the lottery and deep into the first round. It’s also one of the most consequential. The Boston Celtics — not listed here because they..." June 13

  • Lakers impressed with Dennis Smith, hoping to work out Markelle Fultz

    Yardbarker "Lonzo Ball may be the favorite to land with the Los Angeles Lakers at the No. 2 overall spot in the upcoming NBA Draft, but the team continues to take closer looks at the other top young players in the country. Adam Zagoria of reported over the weekend that the Lakers hosted Dennis..." June 12

  • Lakers Concerned By Lonzo Ball's Conditioning

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers were impressed by many of the qualities of Lonzo Ball during his workout this week, but they were concerned with his conditioning. Some observers viewed Ball as being out of shape. Ball acknowledged that the “drills get you tired, so you got to stay focused.” The..." June 12

  • LaVar Ball on why Lonzo should go to the Lakers: 'They really don’t have a leader'

    USA Today "LaVar Ball has 11 days left to make his case for his son, Lonzo, to be the Lakers’ selection with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. And he’s certainly going to try. In an appearance on CSN’s Celtics Talk podcast, LaVar spoke about why he felt Lonzo was a better fit for the Lakers than Celtics...." June 12

  • Team execs still believe Lakers will draft Ball

    Lakers Nation "Rumors have been flying about just what the Los Angeles Lakers will do with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft. Shortly after the Draft Lottery, the vast majority thought that they would select UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, but in recent weeks that sentiment is changing. Now, it appears that there..." June 10

  • The Lakers Have Options If They Pass On Lonzo Ball

    The Big Lead "Lonzo Ball’s workout for the Los Angeles Lakers went about as expected. The team’s brass was also reassured that he was a humble kid, completely different from his loquacious father LaVar Ball. But according to Kevin Ding, Ball didn’t solidify himself as the guy for the Lakers at No. 2. If the..." June 10

  • Lonzo Ball 'didn’t blow the Lakers away' at workout

    Sporting News "The running assumption for the NBA Draft right now is that the Celtics will select Markelle Fultz with the top pick, and the Lakers will follow with Lonzo Ball at two. But that may not end up being the case. While Ball has made his preference to play in Los Angeles very clear, the Lakers may..." June 09

  • Would LeBron James leave Cleveland for Los Angeles?

    CBS Sports "According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, there are sources around the league that believe LeBron James could leave for the city of Los Angeles during free agency in 2018. The rumor is built around the idea that the Lakers acquire Paul George and are able to build a team that James could better..." June 08

  • When Paul George Becomes Available, LA Lakers Better Have a Legit Squad in Place

    Bleacher Report "Clad in matching purple shirt and shorts, Earvin "Magic" Johnson put his arms around guard Jordan Clarkson, flashing his signature smile. The two shared a moment together on Monday at the Los Angeles Lakers' practice facility. Now heading into his fourth season, Clarkson was in the gym to work..." June 08

  • Lonzo Ball says the Lakers have no problem with LaVar: 'They said they love him'

    CBS Sports "During individual workouts, NBA talent evaluators look carefully for weaknesses in a player's game: His handle, his work ethic, his conditioning. But in Lonzo Ball's case, teams are also weighing his talent against the potential distraction that his father, LaVar, could bring with him. Lonzo..." June 08

  • Kobe Bryant: I'd 'probably' visit Trump at White House after winning NBA Finals

    CBS Sports "Ill feelings towards the Trump administration has led some professional athletes to declare their intentions to skip a visit to the White House if they win a championship so long as Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, but former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant isn't part of that..." June 08

  • Luke Walton Tells Jim Rome LaVar Ball to Be Closed Out of Lonzo's Lakers Workout

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton revealed Tuesday that LaVar Ball will not be allowed to attend Lonzo Ball's workout with the team Wednesday. On the Jim Rome Show (h/t USA Today's Andrew Joseph), Walton said Ball's father wouldn't be permitted at the workout, but that he was welcomed..." June 07

  • Lakers coach Luke Walton admits Warriors' dominance halts chase for superstar

    Sporting News "The Warriors' super team looks like it's going to be a lock for the NBA Finals for years to come, and that's why Luke Walton believes taking a more patient approach is the key to success for the Lakers. Speaking on Bleacher Report's "The Full 48" podcast, Walton admitted Golden State's dominance..." June 07

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