League source tells me the Thunder, once confident they had a legit chance at Pau, now consider it a long shot to land Gasol
Spurs staying diligent on free agent Pau Gasol, but Bulls and Thunder -- with Lakers lurking -- lead the way, sources tell Yahoo.
Fox Sports West "The right foot of Julius Randle was a huge topic of the discussion in the weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft. Some doctors thought Randle needed surgery. Others thought he didn't. Randle had surgery to insert a screw into his broken right foot as a senior in high school. The chatter was..." July 07
In addition to Dallas & Lakers, Boston also showing interest in Lance Stephenson, source said
The Mavs, Cavs, Lakers and Heat are pursuing Wizards free agent Trevor Ariza, league sources say. Ariza seeking deal starting at $9-$11m.
ESPN New York "The Lakers may have emerged as strong contenders in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard on Sunday that the Knicks “remain confident” in their chances of re-signing Anthony. Anthony spent Sunday mulling over his options. There was an unconfirmed rumor..." July 07
After contemplating his options this weekend,free agent Carmelo Anthony's decision isn't expected to linger late into the week,a source said
ESPN.com "Nearly a week after the Indiana Pacers offered talented but controversial guard Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract, the two sides remain far apart on a deal, according to sources close to the situation. Although his desire is to remain with the Pacers, a disappointed Stephenson..." July 07
If Lakers don't land Melo or LeBron, Gasol is considering contenders, but I still wouldn't count LA out as they can offer most $$
Pau Gasol has emerged as a key selling point for LA as sources believe he would quickly re-sign if they are able to land Anthony or James.
Hearing Lakers are "real possibility" for Isaiah Thomas. Heat still pursuing, but LA has the $. Nothing happens 'til Melo & Bron make moves.
Pro Basketball Talk "With Chris Kaman headed to the Trail Blazers and Jodie Meeks to the Pistons, I projected the Lakers to be $23,998,667 over the salary cap. So, how is Los Angeles in the race for Carmelo Anthony? Free agents continue to count against the salary cap until they sign – either with their current..." July 06
ESPN Los Angeles "In a surprising twist, the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as the team that most worries the New York Knicks in their attempt to re-sign superstar free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. While the Knicks remain confident in their chances to..." July 06
TheScore.com "With unrestricted free-agent Carmelo Anthony seemingly taken with the idea of returning to the New York Knicks, teams are scrambling to form contingency plans. For the Chicago Bulls, center Pau Gasol is plan B. According to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls thinktank..." July 06
Hearing the Lakers made a MAJOR impact on Melo this week - it's now a legit 3-way battle between LA/Chi/NYK to land him. Crazy NBA weekend.
Lakers free agent G Kent Bazemore is receiving interest from BOS (meeting), SA (meeting), ATL, HOU, UTAH, GS, LAL, PHX, DAL, a source said.
Lakers did have their meeting in Cleveland today with LeBron James's agent, Rich Paul, per source familiar with the discussions.
THIS JUST IN: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak on plane to Cleveland, to meet with LeBron's agent, Rich Paul, on Friday. (via @ramonashelburne)
One person in the Lakers' meeting room said Carmelo was "truly engaged in the conversation." Lakers can't predict if he'll sign, though.
Hearing Isaiah Thomas' preferred teams (in order): Lakers, Heat, Pistons
ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant flew in late Wednesday night from a European vacation so he could play a key part in the team's pitch to free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bryant has a long history and friendship with..." July 03
Los Angeles Times "The Lakers are envisioning a future with Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol together in their frontcourt, hoping to make it a reality with step one Thursday. The Lakers will meet with Anthony at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, pitching their franchise as a perennial championship contender..." July 03
Bulls and Thunder have emerged as two new top-flight teams in the hunt for Gasol, who has predictably been drawing considerable interest
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with free agent forward Pau Gasol in person on Tuesday, according to a league source.
Bleacher Report "Eighteen years ago today, the Charlotte Hornets made a trade that they'd like to have back. Kobe Bryant hasn't forgotten that trade. Charlotte took Bryant out of high school with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA draft. Less than a week later, the Hornets traded the Black Mamba to the Los..." July 02
If nothing unexpected will happen with other options, Fenerbahçe Ülker will announce Andrew Goudelock this week
Lakers sending Julius Randle to Indiana foot specialist David Porter tomorrow for one more look. Pre-emptive surgery so far not expected.
Update on Kent Bazemore, the "Lakers are on board" with trying to bring him back, per a league source. Have reached out to express interest
Lakers also called Nick Young's reps to express interest in him. Young scored career-high 17.9 points last season, declined $1.2M option
NBA free agency: Lakers reach out to Jodie Meeks http://t.co/toQlBE5ict
After meeting with Bulls' contingent, Melo plans to meet with Rockets and Mavs in Texas on Wednesday and Lakers on Thursday.
First calls into Pau Gasol tonight came from Lakers, Bulls, Mavs and Warriors
On eve of free agency, forward Jordan Hill promises to have several suitors, including Lakers, Mavericks and Rockets, sources tell Yahoo.
ESPN.com "While free-agent forward Pau Gasol grew tired of the persistent trade rumors that followed him for the better part of the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, he would give strong consideration to re-signing with the team, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Gasol..." June 30
ESPN.com "Has Pau Gasol already played his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers? Not if the Lakers' brass has its way. Although the Lakers' ideal free agency scenario involves convincing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to come play for them this summer, according to a source with knowledge of the..." June 29
Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, one of the NBA's most underpaid players, can expect to land a big payday after he becomes a restricted free agent next week. The Rockets will decline the $964,750 option on Parsons' rookie contract. As a restricted free agent, Parsons won't lack for..." June 29
Los Angeles Times "The Lakers' summer league squad will begin play in Las Vegas on July 11, but will the team's first-round pick, Julius Randle, be available to participate? After the franchise selected Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he..." June 29
The Lakers, I am told, are not going to extend Kent Bazemore a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted FA.
Los Angeles Times "A few days before he was drafted by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Kentucky forward Julius Randle spoke to GQ.com about fashion, basketball and the prospect of playing with or against LeBron James, a four-time NBA most valuable player. The 19-year old freshman..." June 28
Lakers' dream is to add LeBron & Melo this summer. If that fails would go for CBosh & Melo, sources say. That's assuming Bosh opts out
Julius Randle is the Lakers' new power forward. Double-double machine at Kentucky reminiscent of Zach Randolph.
Noah Vonleh is on the slide in this draft, front office sources tell Yahoo Sports. Best first chance to be picked: Lakers.
PSD Staff Thursday night's draft should be one of the best in recent memory. But more importantly, the draft day rumors should be flying around all day long with dozens of teams looking to move up into the lottery positions. Buckle up! June 26
Joel Embiid's seriously in play for three spots in top part of lottery: 76ers (3), Celtics (6), Lakers (7), league sources tell Yahoo.
Newark Star-Ledger "The biggest mystery of the 2014 NBA Draft might have just been revealed a little early. Shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, Kansas center Joel Embiid sent out this tweet -- from a verified account -- seemingly giving away where he will end being drafted. Shortly after either realizing..." June 26
SB Nation "The Toronto Raptors want to keep point guard Kyle Lowry around for the long haul, but Lowry will have some intriguing options when he hits free agency after putting forth the best year of his NBA career last season. The Miami Heat have been mentioned as a potential suitor while the Houston Rockets..." June 26
SB Nation "New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony plans on visiting the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls when free agency begins on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. The Los Angeles Lakers are conspicuously absent from Anthony's list, but Kobe Bryant still plans on recruiting him..." June 26
CBSSports.com "Elfrid Payton, the point guard out of Louisiana-Lafayette whose stock has been rising throughout the pre-draft workout process, thinks he's going to be selected No. 7 by the Los Angeles Lakers or No. 8 by the Sacramento Kings, via Andy Katz of ESPN. Payton has shown an ability to play tough..." June 25
Silver Screen And Roll "Carmelo Anthony is preparing for free agency on July 1 and has meetings lined up with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers are not scheduled to meet with Anthony, but Kobe Bryant has already reached out to the star free agent and intends to personally..." June 25