Lakers Rumors & News

  • Jordan Clarkson recruits JJ Redick to Lakers, deletes tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Jordan Clarkson tried to get in on the recruitment fun amid all the NBA chaos Wednesday, but he apparently thought better of it. The Los Angeles Lakers guard sent a tweet to free agent JJ Redick, telling the sharpshooter to come across the street from the Clippers to the Lakers. Clarkson..." June 28

  • D’Angelo Russell Is Already Snitching On His New Nets Teammates

    Uproxx "D’Angelo Russell may have punched his ticket out of L.A. way back when after a video leaked online of a surreptitious recording he took of teammate Nick Young that appeared to show the latter discussing his philandering ways. From that point on, he garnered a reputation for his immaturity, which..." June 28

  • Paul Pierce Floated Forming A BIG3 Super Team With Kobe Bryant And Kevin Garnett

    Dime Magazine "When the BIG3 made its debut in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, the stands at Barclays Center were packed with fans looking to catch a glimpse of some of their former favorite NBA players back on the court. The marquee attraction for the BIG3 is Allen Iverson, even if he doesn’t want it to be..." June 27

  • Lakers C wants to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to develop hook shot

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers’ center of the future is hoping to learn from arguably the greatest center in franchise history. In an interview with the O.C. Register’s Mark Medina on Monday, Ivica Zubac said he wants to train with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over the summer to develop his hook shot, which he..." June 27

  • Larry Nance Jr salty over not winning Dunk of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "Larry Nance was not the recipient of the Dunk of the Year Award at the NBA Awards ceremony, but he had a great reaction via social media. Nance was nominated for the award for this dunk over Brook Lopez (his new teammate). That’s certainly worthy of consideration, and you could argue the..." June 27

  • D’Angelo Russell downplays Magic Johnson’s ‘irrelevant’ criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell had a fairly mature response when asked to comment on some recent criticisms by the NBA legend who traded him. At his introductory press conference with the Brooklyn Nets, Russell essentially downplayed recent comments by Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson criticizing..." June 26

  • Westgate Las Vegas not high on Lakers' playoff hopes in 2017-18

    ESPN UK "After Lonzo Ball was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday's NBA draft, his father, LaVar, wasn't shy about proclaiming his belief that the team would make the postseason in 2017-18. "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year," the outspoken..." June 25

  • Lonzo Ball’s Grandfather May Be The Biggest Baller In The Entire Family

    Dime Magazine "LaVar Ball‘s dad says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. TMZ claims they snagged an interview with LaVar Ball’s father, and the Big Baller Brand-clad man sounds a lot like the CEO of the family company. Only identified as Grandpa Ball, the man said he’s excited for his grandson and..." June 25

  • Magic Johnson takes veiled shot at Russell: 'What I needed was a leader'

    Bleacher Report "Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, thanked D'Angelo Russell for his services on Friday and said the team decided to move in a different direction because what the team needed was a "leader." "D'Angelo is an excellent player," Johnson said, per's..." June 24

  • Lakers Agree To Sign P.J. Dozier

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers have reached an agreement with undrafted free agent P.J. Dozier, according to Chris Haynes of, who reports (via Twitter) that the former South Carolina guard will sign a free agent contract with Los Angeles. Details of the deal aren’t yet known. Dozier, who declared for the..." June 23

  • Magic Johnson says he 'expects' Lakers to retire a Ball jersey one day

    USA Today "Lonzo Ball was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Laker on Friday after being drafted No. 2 the night before. The team president, Magic Johnson, had high praise for the 19-year-old at the start of the press conference. Magic called Lonzo “the new face of the Lakers,” and he even said that..." June 23

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers offered an unprotected future first round pick to every team in the NBA with cap room in order to unload the contract of either Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng. Without any teams taking on one of those deals, the Lakers instead traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets..." June 23

  • Lakers' Luke Walton: LaVar's claims will initially put pressure on Lonzo Ball

    ESPN "Moments after the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, Ball's outspoken father, LaVar, made a bold proclamation on national television. "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year," LaVar told..." June 23

  • Lonzo Ball not the Lakers savior, but he's a good start

    USA Today "It was tough enough when the Lakers had to play catch-up with the rest of the NBA. But now there’s a turf war in Los Angeles again, what with all these rumblings that LeBron James might be headed for Tinsel Town in the summer of 2018 and the Lakers and Clippers doing all they can to get their..." June 23

  • Horry believes Lakers will distance themselves from LaVar Ball

    Yardbarker "LaVar Ball said all along that his son Lonzo was going to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he was proven right on Thursday night. Does that mean the Lakers are going all-in on the Big Baller Brand? Robert Horry highly doubts it. Horry, who played seven seasons in L.A. and won three..." June 23

  • Rob Pelinka: Lakers' trade with Nets was 'the perfect storm for us'

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday explained the team's logic for pulling off its draft-week trade with the Brooklyn Nets, which included shipping out promising point guard D'Angelo Russell in what amounted to a salary dump. The trade was made official Thursday. Russell,..." June 23

  • LaVar Ball says 'Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year'

    SI "LaVar Ball says that his son Lonzo Ball will "take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year." The outspoken father made the declaration just a minute after the Los Angeles Lakers selected the UCLA star with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft." June 23

  • 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