Lakers Rumors & News

  • If Wade leaves Heat, Lakers are an option

    Pro Basketball Talk "Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are reportedly at an impasse in terms of what he should be paid on a new contract for the next three seasons. And for the first time ever, it has Wade considering playing somewhere else. Wade has a player option for next season valued at $16.1 million, but with..." May 30

  • Kevin Love likely to “look around” this summer; Celtics, Rockets, Lakers among options

    Sheridan Hoops "Kevin Love is expected to seriously study the free-agent market this summer and consider leaving the Cavaliers after one year with the franchise, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. “He’s got options,” the Yahoo! Sports NBA insider said in a radio appearance on The Jason McIntyre..." May 30

  • Lakers Finalize Deal for New Headquarters "After receiving final approval from the City of El Segundo, the Los Angeles Lakers have completed the purchase of a five acre property located at the northwest corner of Mariposa Avenue and Douglas Street from CDC/Mar Ventures, it was announced today by team President and co-owner Jeanie Buss. The..." May 30

  • Julius Randle Cleared For Full-Contact 2-On-2, 3-On-3 Drills

    Lakers Nation "Coming into the 2014-15 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers held some optimism after drafting Julius Randle. It went away during the team’s first regular season game when Randle suffered a fractured tibia which forced him to sit out the year. Seeing how Randle recovers from injury is something..." May 28

  • Jared Dudley: Players don't want to play with Kobe, Carmelo is overrated "Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley is a refreshingly candid interview subject, and he didn't pull any punches when he appeared on ESPN's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Wednesday. Dudley, who has played with guys like Steve Nash and Chris Paul, said what most players won't say on the record..." May 28

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27

  • Lakers considering Russell with 2d pick "D’Angelo Russell could be drafted by the time the 76ers select third overall in the June 25 NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers plan to bring in Russell along with centers Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor for workouts. The Lakers haven’t ruled out using the second pick on Russell, a point..." May 27

  • Story About The Time Shaq Threatened to Murder Kobe During 2004 Season

    Black Sports Online "There are many great stories about the back and forth relationship Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had as teammates. This is one of the more violent and sinister plot lines. The Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant feud reached its tipping point during the 2004 season, after Bryant publicly called..." May 26

  • Julius Randle made the most of his lost rookie season

    Silver Screen And Roll "In a year the Los Angeles Lakers set a new mark for most losses in a season in franchise history, the most consequential one occurred in the season opener. Rookie forward Julius Randle laid crumpled on the hardwood floor, his leg broken on a non-contact injury less than 14 minutes into what the..." May 25

  • Kupchak: Lakers “don’t have time” to build through the draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "In a little over a month, the Lakers will be selecting second overall in the NBA Draft. The player they take, whether it be Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell or someone else, is someone they will hope to be the post-Kobe Bryant face of the franchise. Beyond that, though, the word..." May 25

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    Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

    Mitch Kupchak tells us that "it looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely." @BR_Radio

  • 6d
    Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

    Mitch Kupchak reiterates that he's been under impression that this is Kobe Bryant's last season. Says he's open to reassessing in a year.

  • Kupchak: 'Looks as though' Lakers will use No. 2 pick

    ESPN Los Angeles "Will the Los Angeles Lakers keep or trade the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft on June 25? Will they select either Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor – or will they avoid one of the top two centers highly expected to be drafted first and second overall in some order and instead..." May 24

  • GM: Kobe says next season is last with Lakers

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Bryant is scheduled to..." May 23

  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook "Late last season, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke of Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in the same breath as Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, saying that while Clarkson wasn't on the same level, he did at least play a similar style and have similar athleticism. Now..." May 23

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    Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

    My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew

  • 8d
    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    Basically, the Lakers aren't locked into K-AT or Okafor no matter what at this point, per source. Intrigued by Mudiay/Russell.

  • Mitch Kupchak on Lakers’ reported interest in Tom Thibodeau: “Nothing to it”

    Pro Basketball Talk "On Wednesday, a report surfaced that the Lakers were planning to make a run at Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who by all accounts is not long for Chicago. It seemed like the report originated from either the Bulls or from Thibodeau’s camp, trying to either drum up interest around the league or create..." May 21

  • Why D'Angelo Russell should still be an option for the Lakers with the No. 2 pick

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers not only kept their top-five protected pick on NBA Draft lottery night, they were the only team to move up in the draft, jumping from fourth to second overall. Now the question of who the Lakers will pick is resonating throughout Southern California. The players available..." May 21

  • Lakers will pursue Tom Thibodeau

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau. The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott. Scott got on his players nerves (and vice versa), professed his disbelief in analytics and oversaw..." May 21

  • Lakers have big plans (Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns) for pick

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers found gold in a pot of ping-pong balls at the end of their worst season ever. Now comes the easy part. Wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to draft Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and then take the other one with the No. 2 pick. Which one ends up with the..." May 21

  • Gary Payton -- I Don't Like Basketball Anymore "He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... but Gary Payton tells TMZ Sports he doesn't like the sport anymore -- essentially saying he's completely burned out when it comes to hoops. The Glove was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when we asked who he's got in the NBA playoffs. But..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Kobe Bryant: Only right Lakers get No. 2 pick after playing like crap all season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Lakers finished with the fourth-worst record in the NBA this season. However, they will have the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft thanks to some good fortune in the lottery, which was held Tuesday evening. Shortly after the announcement was made, Kobe Bryant said, via his Twitter account,..." May 20

  • Kobe to Lakers: Don’t Draft a Player That Sucks

    Black Sports Online "Kobe has spoken again…. Sounds simple enough, but sadly you never know until they actually get on the court. " May 20

  • Could Karl-Anthony Towns refuse to meet with Timberwolves?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, giving them the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. It has been widely assumed that former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns will be selected in that spot, but it may not be that simple. Adrian Wojnarowski..." May 20

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NBA Draft top 10: 1. Timberwolves 2. Lakers 3. 76ers 4. Knicks 5. Magic 6. Kings 7. Nuggets 8. Pistons 9. Hornets 10. Heat

  • Phil Jackson says Lakers and Timberwolves had “handshake agreement” on Kevin Garnett trade in 2007

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Timberwolves traded Kevin Garnett to the Celtics in 2007, it changed the balance of power in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics won the 2008 title immediately after acquiring Garnett and Ray Allen, and made the Finals again two years later. The Big Three of Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce..." May 19

  • Marc Gasol Expected To Receive Free Agency Pitch From Spurs, Lakers, Knicks, Mavs

    Real GM Basketball "The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks all are developing proposals to present to Marc Gasol on July 1, according sources. Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 81 games this..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Clippers interested in Lakers Wesley Johnson

    Pro Basketball Talk "Doc Rivers must upgrade the Clippers’ bench. Where might he look? Across the hall. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN: The Clippers have interest in Lakers swingman Wes Johnson, according to sources. Wesley Johnson is exactly the type of player the Clippers should pursue. They have a strong..." May 18

  • Byron Scott Told Nick Young ‘Might Be Hard’ To Get Minutes Without Improvement

    Lakers Nation "When Nick Young came to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2013, it seemed like a match made in heaven for both himself and the organization. The former USC Trojan was returning to Los Angeles to fit into an uptempo offense ran by then-head coach Mike D’Antoni. As a versatile scorer, Young..." May 17

  • Fan Shouts “KOBE” as Dwight Howard is Being Ejected "Kobe Bryant continues to haunt Dwight Howard ... at least judging by video of a heckler who used The Mamba to taunt D12 after he was ejected from a playoff game ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Moments after Howard was (mercifully?) booted from Sunday night's beatdown at the hands of the..." May 12

  • Clippers have a new fan in Magic Johnson

    Orange County Register "The Clippers are not only picking up steam and victories in the season’s playoffs, they also are collecting fans as they move toward their first appearance in the Western Conference finals. Magic Johnson, former Lakers great and current Dodgers president, took to social media to voice his..." May 12

  • Lakers preparing to offer Jimmy Butler max contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jimmy Butler made the All-Star Game, won Most Improved Player and will soon have another symbol of his status as a top-shelf player: A max contract. The only question is how Butler, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, will get it. Will he sign directly with the Bulls or sign..." May 12

  • Kobe Bryant's fight against Father Time

    Silver Screen And Roll "Kobe Bryant has spent nearly two decades mesmerizing us with his tenacity, athleticism, and iron will. While he will always be known for his ability to score the basketball and win championships, it might be his knack for playing through pain that has been most impressive. Throughout his hall of..." May 11

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Ex-NBA guard Crittenton pleads guilty to murder, gets 23-year sentence

    Fox Sports "Former guard Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to the 2011 shooting death of a mother of four Wednesday. Crittenton, who played with Lakers, Grizzlies, Wizards during his two-year career, accepted 23-year jail sentence as part of plea deal." April 29

  • Despite Kobe's Support of Rajon Rondo, Lakers Uncertain About Mercurial Star

    Bleacher Report "If you've arrived at the completely logical party, hosted by the estimable Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, that Rajon Rondo shall not be welcome on your team under any circumstances at any price tag, it's probably for the best. Lakers co-owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak,..." April 28

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • If Kevin Love leaves Cavaliers, Lakers are team to beat in free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with his role, nor his connection to those around him. Throughout the year, league sources say, one destination grew in..." April 27

  • Lakers to send Byron Scott to NBA Draft Lottery

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers are a proud franchise that is not used to figuring out who to send to the NBA Draft Lottery. They expect to still be playing this time of year. Not this year. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was Los Angeles sports icon Fred Roggin’s radio show on The Beast 980 in Los Angeles (the Clippers..." April 24

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    We know Knicks & Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July, but at least two teams in Texas believe they have shot at him: Spurs & Mavs

  • Ed Davis Hopes To Re-Sign With Lakers If Everything Is Equal With Other Teams

    Real GM Basketball "Ed Davis will opt out of his contract for the 15-16 season with the Los Angeles Lakers to test free agency. "I'm going to test free agency," Davis told The Times in a telephone interview. "Hopefully I'm back with the Lakers, as long as everything is equal with all the other teams." The..." April 22

  • Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade

    Real GM Basketball "Rajon Rondo had planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the summer when it became clear that he no longer had a future with the Boston Celtics, according to sources. Rondo expected a maximum contract to be signed. When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rondo, he was..." April 22

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Steve Ballmer turns Lakers locker room into owner’s lounge

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Clippers are free to do what they want with the Staples Center now that they have begun their playoff run and the Los Angeles Lakers are no longer playing, and Steve Ballmer is taking full advantage. The Clippers hosted the San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of their opening-round..." April 20