Lakers Rumors & News

  • Lonzo Ball Was Offered Four-Year, $10M Shoe Deal

    Real GM Basketball "Lonzo Ball rejected a traditional sneaker endorsement from at least one company worth $10 million over four years. LaVar Ball handled negotiations as he was seeking $1 billion for Big Baller Brand." November 24

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers

    Orange County Register "Since Julius Randle arrived at training camp as the presumptive starter at power forward, his third full season with the Lakers has been one of needing to prove himself. He lost the starting job to Larry Nance Jr., by the fourth preseason game. The Lakers did not offer him a fairly standard..." November 23

  • Lakers coach caught dissing D'Angelo Russell

    Total Pro Sports "Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to part ways with D’Angelo Russell to make way for their new star, Lonzo Ball. Parting ways with Russell had more to do with just another top pick coming in to take his place, it had more to do with what type of person he was and how he wasn’t..." November 22

  • Lakers' Luke Walton has 'absolutely nothing' to say about LaVar Ball criticizing him

    CBS Sports "Well, the inevitable happened. Recently, LaVar Ball publicly criticized Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, complaining that the Lakers have been "soft" on their rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and adding"they don't know how to coach my son." The potential for these kind of comments, and..." November 22

  • UConn already recruiting Kobe Bryant's daughter?

    Sportsnaut "The UConn women’s basketball team is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to college sports. Here’s a program that has won 10 national titles since the 2000 season. Head coach Geno Auriemma could coach any men’s college team or even in the NBA if he wanted to. On the other side of the..." November 22

  • Lonzo Ball on his shot: “I feel like they’re going to fall. Just have to keep shooting.”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lonzo Ball‘s shooting woes this season have been well chronicled. Maybe even beaten to death — but when your father is a hype man, and Magic Johnson says you’re the “face of the franchise” it invites a whole new level of scrutiny. Doesn’t matter if it’s fair, it’s reality. Rather than a cold..." November 22

  • LaVar Ball: Walton, Lakers ‘don’t know how to coach my son’

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball has experienced some growing pains early on in his NBA career, and his father LaVar believes that has something to do with the Los Angeles Lakers not knowing the best way to coach the rookie. Like most of his teammates, Lonzo Ball’s performance this season has been inconsistent. The..." November 21

  • Lonzo Ball has heard about not dating a Kardashian ‘a lot

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball isn’t having the rosiest of rookie seasons. While he’s a threat to drop a triple-double on any given day, the highlight remains on his growing bust-potential, brought about mostly by his struggles to shoot the ball. Ball’s trouble in knocking down shots in..." November 21

  • L.A. Met With Free Agent Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are a team on the rise in the NBA right now. Head coach Luke Walton has his team performing at a top-5 level on the defensive end, but the offense has been struggling mightily. One big reason for it is the lack of perimeter shooting as the Lakers currently rank dead last..." November 21

  • Are Lakers Intentionally Padding Lonzo Ball’s Assist Numbers?

    Dime Magazine "While his father LaVar is feuding with the President of the United States and his younger brother LiAngelo is laying low after getting arrested in China for shoplifting, Lonzo Ball is trying to make it through his first season in the NBA as the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers...." November 20

  • Metta World Peace to join BIG3, play under name Ron Artest

    Larry Brown Sports "Metta World Peace has found a place to play basketball next summer, and the former Los Angeles Lakers forward has reportedly decided to get back to his roots. According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, World Peace is bringing his old name back and will play as Ron Artest in the BIG3 league next season." November 20

  • Lonzo Ball records second triple-double to join Magic Johnson, Jerry West in record books

    Sporting News "Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has endured some rough moments this season, but he took a step back in the right direction Sunday with his second triple-double. Ball helped the Lakers to a 127-109 win over the Nuggets by scoring 11 points with 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Ball recorded..." November 20

  • Luke Walton says Lakers teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about walking away from Suns scuffle

    ESPN "Coach Luke Walton said a teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about the rookie point guard walking away from a scuffle toward the end of the Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns game on Friday night. While the altercation between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ulis did not escalate as players from both..." November 19

  • Celtics have 1 in 297 chance of tying Lakers' NBA record 33-game win streak

    CBS Sports "After losing Gordon Hayward for the season on opening night, and starting the campaign 0-2, the Boston Celtics have rattled off 14 straight wins. They claimed win No. 14 in incredible fashion, battling from a 17-point deficit in the second half to stun the visiting Golden State Warriors. Now,..." November 18

  • Lonzo Ball's slow start for Lakers doesn't warrant any 'bust' talk

    Sporting News "We all knew this was going to happen. All too often we see an overhyped rookie enter the league and struggle through the first part of the NBA slate. But rarely do we see the word "bust" thrown around with such schadenfreude following a 20-year-old's early failures. In reality, the reaction to..." November 18

  • Five early-season trade targets

    Sportsnet "The Boston Celtics have clearly emerged as the early-season class of the East. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may wind up taking their expected place atop that mantle, but look weaker than ever. Correction—James is, per usual, playing at an unfathomably high level, yet his supporting..." November 18

  • Lonzo Ball After Walking Away From Fight: "I Ain't Trying to Get No Tech"

    The Big Lead "The Los Angeles Lakersand Phoenix Suns got into a small skirmish at the end of last night’s game. Three players were assessed technical fouls.Lonzo Ball was not one of them because he completely removed himself from the situation, walking away as the rest of his teammates got involved. “It’s..." November 18

  • Lonzo Ball: Haircut not about struggles, 'just time to restart'

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball showed up at Los Angeles Lakers shootaround Friday morning with a new look. The rookie point guard got a haircut and was seen burying several 3-pointers at the end of shootaround before Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns. "Just time to restart," Ball said of his haircut. "Did..." November 17

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Jamal Crawford says Lonzo Ball should not change his shot

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lonzo Ball‘s shot has become a running gag around the NBA. During pregame warmups this season it looked like LeBron James and Joel Embiid mocked/tried to imitate it. TNT’s Inside the NBA was asking if it was worse than Charles Barkley’s golf swing, and the crew on that show mocks it all the..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Luke Walton: Lakers who shoot 3-pointers have to make 100 in practice

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Los Angeles Lakers are 6-9 on the season, and are last in the NBA in terms of made 3-pointers per-game. But wait, it gets worse! LA is also shooting just 28.8 percent from 3-point range this season, a six point drop from a year ago. And thus, coach Luke Walton has decided to make some..." November 17

  • Luke Walton: No talks of moving Lonzo Ball out of starting 5

    ESPN "Coach Luke Walton says rookie Lonzo Ball remains the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard and that there is no talk of moving the No. 2 overall draft pick to the bench. Struggling with his shot, Ball has not played in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' past two games -- a win against the..." November 17

  • Lakers may have to include Julius Randle in order to trade Luol Deng

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers have made it clear that once the right situation comes around that they’ll be parting ways with Luol Deng one way or another. Deng wants out of Los Angeles because he’s fallen out of Luke Walton’s rotation and even though both sides want to make this happen, it may not be..." November 16

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Thomas Bryant promoted to Lakers' active roster, Zubac and Hart demoted

    247 Sports "It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers are making a little of a personnel shuffle. In something that you'll see constantly throughout the season, the Lakers have promoted a rookie while sending two young players to the G-League. According to their G-League's Twitter account, the Lakers have..." November 14

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Who was Suns guard Devin Booker arguing with on the Lakers bench, anyway?

    Arizona Republic "The most interesting thing to happen when the Phoenix Suns played the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night involved Suns star Devin Booker but it had little outcome on the game. Booker, who scored 36 points on 14-of-27 shooting, got into a verbal dispute with someone on the Lakers bench late in..." November 14

  • Lonzo Ball has 'no complaints' after benching in fourth quarter of Lakers win

    Sporting News "Lonzo Ball is in it to win it. Despite watching the fourth quarter of Monday's game against the Suns from the bench, the Lakers rookie is just happy his team got the victory. "We got a win so I got no complaints," Ball said, via ESPN. "My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at..." November 14

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers won't change Ball's shot

    USA Today "Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball has been off to a dreadful shooting start to his NBA career. Despite becoming the youngest player to post a triple-double on Saturday, Ball has shot 30 percent in his past 10 games and 31 percent on the season. Thus far, NBA fans have been quick to point at Ball's..." November 14

  • Joel Embiid says he 'loves' Lonzo Ball despite social media trash talk

    ESPN "Joel Embiid wants to make one thing clear before his first appearance in Los Angeles this week: He "loves" Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. All that beef the Philadelphia 76ers star center seemed to have with Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, on social media is just trash talk as..." November 13

  • Kuzma believes he should have been drafted 'top 5'

    NBA.com "The 2017-18 rookie class is looking good. Really good. There are 10 youngsters averaging in double figures through the first three weeks of the season, six averaging four-plus assists, and six averaging at least six rebounds. Most of that production is coming from lottery picks like No. 2..." November 12

  • Lonzo becomes youngest NBA player ever to record triple-double

    SI "In a week in which his family has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double during the Lakers' game against the Bucks on Saturday night. At 20 years and 15 days, Ball is five days younger than the previous..." November 12

  • Lonzo Ball reveals LaVar’s advice to him about LiAngelo situation

    Yardbarker "LiAngelo Ball’s overseas shoplifting scandal has obviously been a major headache for his entire family, and now older brother Lonzo is revealing father LaVar’s advice to him for how to cope with it. Lonzo said on Saturday that he has spoken about the situation with LaVar, who told him to focus..." November 11

  • Big Baller Brand planning multiple international pop-up shops

    Larry Brown Sports "If you thought that LaVar Ball and his Big Baller Brand were going away any time soon, I’ve got some bad news for you: They’re only getting started. The Ball family (minus son Lonzo, who is playing for the Lakers) made a trip to China with the UCLA men’s basketball team this week ahead of the..." November 11

  • Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball knows criticism is a 'reality' for him

    USA Today "Rookie point guard struggles with his shot in first 12 games of his NBA career is a dog bites man story. Happens all the time. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball struggles in first 12 games of his NBA career is a man bites dog story. Everyone wants to know what’s happening, mainly because of..." November 10

  • Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson more comfortable with sixth man role this season

    Clutch Points "Jordan Clarkson is starting to find some comfort in his sixth man role with the Los Angeles Lakers this season after a year of switching back and forth between the starting lineup and the second unit. The Missouri product was asked to provide a punch off the bench last season with Nick Young..." November 09

  • Report: Lakers expected amnesty in new CBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers signed Luol Deng (four years, $72 million) and Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million) last summer to contracts that have become significant impediments to Los Angeles’ ability to upgrade its roster. The Lakers had to include D'Angelo Russell to dump Mozgov, and now they’re trying..." November 09

  • Jason Kidd doesn't agree with Lonzo Ball comparisons: 'Right now, it's a stretch'

    CBS Sports "Given the lofty expectations, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is off to a slow start this season. While his rebounding and assist numbers have been good, Ball has been historically bad when it comes to shooting the basketball. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Ball's 29.5 field-goal..." November 09

  • 'Very unlikely' Julius Randle has a future with Lakers

    Sporting News "Lakers forward Julius Randle may soon be heading out of Los Angeles. A lottery pick of the Lakers in 2014, Randle is approaching a cross roads with the Lakers, and according to ESPN, his future with the team looks bleak. In fact, he could get traded before February's deadline. Randle's..." November 09

  • Lonzo Ball comments on shooting struggles

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball struggled from the field once again on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, commenting on his performance after the game. “It’s in my head, to be honest. I know I can shoot the ball,” he told reporters. Ball’s rather unorthodox jumpshot has..." November 09

  • Lonzo Ball on brother's arrest: Family 'in China taking care of it'

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball says he has not yet spoken to his family, including his brother, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, who was released on bail in Hangzhou, China, after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday afternoon. "No, I haven't talked to any of them yet," Lonzo Ball..." November 08

  • Lamar Odom 'Is Spiraling Again' Following His Collapse, Says Source

    People "Following his collapse at a nightclub in Los Angeles early Sunday morning, Lamar Odom‘s health seems to be taking a turn for the worst. A source close to Lamar tells PEOPLE, “Lamar is spiraling again. He’s out of control.” The source continued, saying, “He was better this spring but things..." November 07

  • Kobe Explained How Wearing Two Numbers Showed He Was ‘Two Different People’ During His Career

    Dime Magazine "Kobe Bryant hasn’t stopped providing interesting insight in his post-playing career and, this week, he was up to his old tricks yet again. This time, the future Hall of Fame swingman was prompted on the difference between when he wore No. 8 with the Lakers in his early years and when he wore No...." November 07

  • LaVar Ball Unhappy With Lonzo Ball’s Playing Time

    SLAM Online "Ten games into Lonzo Ball‘s NBA career, and his father is already publicly griping about his minutes. According to the elder Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers would never lose if his son simply played the entire fourth quarter. LaVar thinks head coach Luke Walton is hurting Lonzo’s rhythm. " November 07

  • Injury puts career year on hold for ‘frustrated’ Larry Nance Jr.

    Orange County Register "In more than two years as a Laker, things had never been going better for Larry Nance Jr. He won a starting job in training camp, had embraced and thrived in Coach Luke Walton’s system and had begun to show he may have a future beyond an NBA glue guy. Then he bit on a pump fake and all of that..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Luol Deng, Lakers Pursue Buyout Or Trade

    ESPN "When Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. broke a bone in his left hand last week, there was a brief possibility the team might replace him in the starting lineup with veteran power forward Luol Deng. Instead the Lakers started rookie Kyle Kuzma, who proceeded to put up double-doubles in..." November 06

  • LaVar Ball Is Already Questioning Luke Walton Not Playing Lonzo Enough In The Fourth Quarter

    Uproxx "Even the most promising NBA rookies have a steep learning curve, and many coaches – both old school and new – are apprehensive about trusting young players down the stretch in a tight game. But there’s also an argument to be made that young guys have to be allowed to make mistakes and figure out..." November 06

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