Lakers Rumors & News

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Kobe says Jackson-Melo feud not beyond reconciliation

    New York Post "Phil Jackson attended the premiere Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival of the animated movie Kobe Bryant made from his poem “Dear Basketball.’’ Considering the wars Bryant and the Knicks president waged in print and in public back in their Lakers days, maybe there is hope for the Zen Master and..." April 27

  • Lonzo Ball will play for any NBA team but wants to learn from Magic Johnson

    Bleacher Report "Lonzo Ball, one of the top talents in this year's NBA draft, spoke with Shams Charania of The Vertical about Magic Johnson's influence on his game and his desire to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, among other topics. "I watched tape on Magic when I was young and it’s why you can see..." April 26

  • Lakers Should Offer Pacers Brandon Ingram & #3 Pick For Paul George

    The Big Lead "Paul George vented plenty during Indiana’s 4-game sweep at the hands of LeBron and the Cavs, and Sunday might be the final time PG-13 played in a Pacers jersey. George is one of the 10 most talented players in the NBA. At 22, he went toe-to-toe with LeBron and the Heat, losing in Game 7 of the..." April 26

  • Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery

    Real GM Basketball "Magic Johnson will represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16. While Johnson will handle the televised portion of the event, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will represent the team in the back where the lottery combinations will actually be drawn." April 25

  • Paul George and Lakers are NBA’s worst-kept secret

    New York Post "The Lakers and Paul George are doing this with all the subtlety of middle schoolers circling their crush. “OMG, no, we can’t tell Paul we like him! Jimmy, can you help me pass along a message?” That was new Lakers basketball boss Magic Johnson, in effect, during a taping last week of “Jimmy..." April 25

  • Paul George told former Pacers teammates he wanted to join the Lakers

    Sporting News "It didn’t take long for Magic Johnson to come to the realization that what he’s got in Laker-land isn’t enough to challenge for an NBA title. Anybody can see what he’s up against. D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle aren’t going to take the Lakers where Magic wants them to go...." April 24

  • Kobe Bryant says he doesn't miss playing in the NBA: 'No, I don't ... It's crazy'

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is known as one of the fiercest competitors the NBA has ever seen, so you would think that now, with the playoffs heating up and competition reaching its peak, Bryant would miss the game more than ever. But apparently, he doesn't. That's what he said Monday on "Good Morning..." April 24

  • Why Luol Deng hopes to play at 4 if he remains with Lakers

    Inside Socal "As he struggled excelling with a new role, a new system and teammates, Lakers forward Luol Deng understood the critical questions that it sparked. In his 12th NBA season, why did Deng post career-lows in points (7.6) and shooting percentage (38.7) in his first year with the Lakers? In what has..." April 22

  • Kobe Bryant, Known AAU Hater, Is Starting His Own Youth Basketball League

    Complex "Kobe Bryant has the same perspective on AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball as seemingly every other former baller out there. Former greats watch youth basketball today and comment on it like Uncle Drew: “Back in my day…we got buckets.” So, what’s wrong with it? Primarily, kids seek their..." April 22

  • Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. aspires to be defensive player of the year candidate

    Inside Socal "As Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka outlined the “pursuit of excellence,” Lakers reserve Larry Nance Jr. spent his exit meeting coming up with a litany of items he wants to check off his bucket list. That includes addressing an issue the Lakers have strongly lacked in recent seasons with..." April 21

  • Phil Jackson's Coaching Tree Is More Like a Sad Shrub

    Complex "Phil Jackson’s bizarre press conference last Friday revealed two things: He for sure wants Carmelo Anthony off the roster, and he’d rather be coaching than posted up in the front office. Jackson’s insistence Anthony would be “better off somewhere else” and his continued meddling with coaching..." April 20

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Magic Johnson Says Lakers Will Try To ‘Bring In’ A Superstar

    Lakers Nation "Magic Johnson is no stranger to bold statements or simply speaking his mind. That doesn’t seem to have changed even with his new position with the Los Angeles Lakers as president of basketball operations. In an appearance on AM 570 LA Sports with Roggin and Rodney on Monday, Johnson made a..." April 19

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Kobe Bryant Studied How Sharks Hunt Seals to Guard Allen Iverson

    SLAM Online "After Allen Iverson torched him for 41 points early on in their respective Hall of Fame careers, Kobe Bryant became obsessed with trying to slow down The Answer. Bean’s search for a solution led him to study “how great white sharks hunt seals off the coast of South Africa”, because, of course..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Why Lakers’ Tarik Black is confident about remaining on team

    Inside Socal "As he spent his childhood admiring Magic Johnson for delivering five NBA championships to the Showtime Lakers, it became “very special” for Lakers forward Tarik Black to have a face-to-face meeting with the team’s president of basketball operations. But instead of becoming either star struck or..." April 18

  • Nine worst NBA free agent signings from last summer

    Sportsnaut "Last summer, the NBA’s salary cap spiked upward in a way we had never seen before. The result was a bevy of contracts that, by previous standards, were enormous. Most look fine now, in accordance with the cap spike, but the bad contracts look much worse than normal. Instead of Allen Crabbe and..." April 17

  • Lakers want Ingram to work with Kobe this summer

    L.A. Daily News "For a player determined to keep his aggressiveness and become the Lakers’ next leader, Brandon Ingram will soon consult a key figure that once fulfilled that role for nearly two decades. Kobe Bryant. When Ingram met on Thursday with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson..." April 15

  • Lakers 'have a plan' if they lose top-3 protected pick to Sixers

    ESPN "May 16 could be disastrous for the Los Angeles Lakers. Or it could be the best day of their year, by far. On that day, the NBA will hold its annual draft lottery in New York City to determine the order of the June draft. The Lakers hold a top-three protected pick, which will go to the..." April 14

  • Timofey Mozgov expects to be Lakers’ starting center next season

    Inside Socal "The Lakers brought Timofey Mozgov here last summer on a lucrative four-year, $64 million with the promise he would become the team’s starting center. That did not actually play out in real time. Lakers coach Luke Walton shut Mozgov down for the past two months for the sake of developing..." April 14

  • Durant tunes up for playoffs with 29 points in Warriors' win

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant is ready for the postseason. Because of that, the Golden State Warriors are ready as well. Durant stamped himself healthy for the playoffs by scoring 29 points in 27 minutes Wednesday night, lifting the Warriors to a 109-94 victory over the Los Angeles..." April 13

  • Could Swaggy P and the Ball family coexist on the Lakers? Nick Young isn't sure

    Los Angeles Times "Nick Young knows if he picks up his player option and returns to the Lakers, he’ll be signing up for another year of the Lakers rebuild, taking a backseat to that goal. He also knows it’s possible another bombastic personality will become part of the franchise. “If we get the top-three pick, we..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • World Peace carries Lakers to 5th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In what was possibly his last game at Staples Center as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace delivered in impressive fashion. World Peace scored a club-high 18 points, all in the second half, and the Lakers extended their winning streak to five games with a..." April 12

  • Jim Buss Tried To Give Shares Of Lakers To Kobe Bryant

    Real GM Basketball "Jim Buss tried to offer Kobe Bryant shares of the Los Angeles Lakers in show of appreciation last season. Dr. Jerry Buss had done the same with Magic Johnson in the 1990s. But Jim Buss didn't research or understand that the trust doesn't allow that kind of transfer of ownership. The thought..." April 12

  • Riding dead legs to 60 points and the win: Kobe remembers his final game

    ESPN "AFTER 19 ELIMINATION GAMES, 37 NBA Finals games and 220 playoff games over two decades of NBA play, by April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant knew every trick in the book to summon the fire when the stakes are high. Instead of all that, he spent much of the afternoon at his office in Newport Beach,..." April 12

  • Metta World Peace has legendary quote after possible last game at Staples Center

    Larry Brown Sports "It wasn’t quite the Kobe Bryant farewell, but the Los Angeles Lakers still gave Metta World Peace a nice send-off on Tuesday night in what very well might have been his final game at Staples Center. After the Lakers’ home finale, a 108-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in which he..." April 12

  • D’Angelo Russell cleared to leave Lakers to be with family

    L.A. Daily News "A day after hitting a winning 3-pointer in honor of his late grandmother, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell received clearance to honor her in a different way. The Lakers granted permission for Russell to leave for Louisville, Ky. to be with his family and sit out when the Lakers (25-55) play the New..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Mourning Russell nails 3 at buzzer to lift Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- D'Angelo Russell's grandmother died earlier in the day, and the Los Angeles Lakers point guard planned to sit out the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. But Russell had a change of heart. "Honestly, I knew that's what my grandmother would..." April 10

  • Lakers fans outraged their team keeps winning; players defend not tanking

    CBS Sports "The sweet smell of tanking is in the air every April in the NBA, but it’s especially pertinent for this year’s Lakers, who will lose their first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside of the top three. Lakers fans are well aware of the situation, and many are actively..." April 10

  • Jerry West Wishes NBA Would Remove Him As Logo

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA modeled its logo upon an image of Jerry West, which is something he wishes never happened. "I've said it more than once. It's flattering if that is me -- and I know it is me," West said. "But it is flattering. But to me, I played in a time when they first started to market the league...." April 09

  • Lakers top Kings for 3rd straight win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers ratcheted up their defensive intensity in crunch time to keep a rare winning streak intact against a Sacramento Kings team that is at the same stage of its development curve. D'Angelo Russell scored the decisive basket with 41 seconds remaining as the..." April 08

  • Lonzo Ball says he'd rather be a Laker than a No. 1 NBA draft pick

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball is going to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA draft. That much we know. What we don’t know is where he’ll land. Ball is considered to be one of the top point guard prospects in a draft loaded with them, and has a resume that features..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Lakers' early run holds up in victory over Spurs

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- All of a sudden, playing basketball is fun for Los Angeles Lakers, but winning -- and beating the San Antonio Spurs -- likely has a lot to do with that. Tyler Ennis scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Lakers in double-figure scoring as Los Angeles, playing for nothing..." April 06

  • Lakers made a huge mistake with upset victory over Spurs

    CBS Sports "With a big Cavs-Celtics showdown (which turned out to be quite anticlimactic), and Russell Westbrook chasing history, it’s unlikely many casual basketball fans were tuned into the matchup between the Lakers and the Spurs Wednesday night. The Lakers were long ago eliminated from the playoffs, and..." April 06

  • Lakers Assistant GM Glenn Carraro Resigns After 17 Years with Franchise

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager Glenn Carraro resigned Thursday, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Lakers Nation's Serena Winters confirmed the news. Carraro had been with the Lakers since 2000 and was promoted to assistant general manager in May 2012. According..." April 06

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and credited..." April 05

  • Rob Pelinka May Have Five-Year, $20M+ Contract With Lakers

    Real GM Basketball "When Rob Pelinka was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, there were no reports on the type of contract he signed while leaving his lucrative agency business. While discussing the contract status of David Griffin with the Cleveland Cavaliers on the TrueHoop Podcast, Brian Windhorst talked about the..." April 05

  • Nick Young says he's undecided on player option: 'I'm a wanted man now"

    Pro Basketball Talk "It appeared the Lakers would cut Nick Young before the season, which would have been yet another low moment for Young, who struggled mightily on the court last season, was subject of an embarrassing video posted online by teammate D'Angelo Russell and endured a public breakup with Iggy..." April 04

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is now finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and..." April 04

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Lakers' Jordan Clarkson sharpening his fashion sense

    Orange County Register "Through nearly three NBA seasons, Jordan Clarkson has not just sought growth on the court. He has tried to play catch-up with some of his more fashion-conscious teammates. So on a Lakers team that has Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle showing off their fashion sense before and..." April 04

  • Lakers catch short-handed Grizzlies off guard

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Memphis guard Tony Allen said the Los Angeles Lakers caught the Grizzlies by surprise Sunday. D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, and the Lakers ended a four-game skid with a 108-103 victory over the short-handed Grizzlies at Staples Center. Julius Randle collected 18..." April 02

  • Lakers' Zubac to miss remainder of season with ankle sprain

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers center Ivica Zubac suffered a high ankle sprain against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and will miss the last two weeks of the NBA season, the team said. An MRI exam Friday confirmed the initial diagnosis. Zubac will be re-evaluated after the season ends the Lakers said. Zubac..." April 01

  • Rubio, Towns carry Timberwolves past Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio is giving opponents something new to worry about -- his shooting. Rubio totaled a career-high 33 points and added 10 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points as the road-weary Minnesota Timberwolves returned home and recorded a 119-104 victory against the..." March 30

  • Lamar: Khloé knew I was using coke and cheating on her

    Page Six "Lamar Odom tried to hide his drug use from Khloé Kardashian when they first got together, but eventually she knew exactly what was going on. “Around two years before we split up [2011], I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me,” the former NBA champ said in the new issue of..." March 30