Lakers Rumors & News

  • Smaller-market teams supporting Pacers in tampering case against Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Indiana Pacers are embarking on a noble crusade for the little guy — at least in the eyes of their peers on the NBA totem pole. According to a report by Bob Kravitz of WTHR on Monday, smaller-market teams are supporting the Pacers in their case against the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly..." August 22

  • Reporter who broke Paul George-Lakers tampering story tweets insult at Magic Johnson

    Larry Brown Sports "As if the Los Angeles Lakers being accused of tampering with Paul George wasn’t strange enough, now the story has taken a rather bizarre turn. Veteran NBA writer Peter Vecsey, who was the first one to break the news that the Indiana Pacers were filing tampering charges against the Lakers,..." August 21

  • Could Jimmy Kimmel interview ruin Magic Johnson’s Lakers goal?

    New York Post "One of the biggest NBA storylines of the summer now may also be one of the most controversial. The league released a statement Sunday afternoon saying it is investigating the Lakers for claims of tampering while Paul George was with the Pacers, before he was dealt to the Thunder. The..." August 20

  • Paul George-Lakers tampering investigation reportedly centered around Magic

    CBS Sports "Late Saturday evening, it was reported by Peter Vescey that the Pacers were filing tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George. Indiana had its hand forced when George reportedly informed the front office he didn't plan to re-sign and his preferred destination was the Lakers. The Pacers..." August 20

  • NBA confirms Lakers under investigation for potential tampering with Paul George

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George is not a member of the the Los Angeles Lakers. Yet. The California native has one year to go on his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded there by the Indiana Pacers. Rumors have been swirling for months about whether George would stay in Indiana, a new city, or..." August 20

  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers over Paul George

    Bleacher Report "The Indiana Pacers have reportedly filed charges against the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George before the All-Star was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Per NBA journalist Peter Vecsey, Pacers owner Herb Simon filed the charges against the Lakers, and the NBA hired an..." August 20

  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss compares rookie Lonzo Ball to all-time greats Kobe, Magic

    Lakers Nation "When discussing the greatest players to ever suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers, the argument usually boils down to Kobe Bryant vs. Magic Johnson. The Lakers are certainly hoping that rookie point guard Lonzo Ball one day joins that list. The expectations on the rookie are extremely high as his..." August 19

  • Jay-Z says he bought three pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes

    Yardbarker "Big Baller Brand apparently has at least one notable celebrity backer. In an appearance Friday on TIDAL’s “The Rap Radar Podcast,” rap mogul Jay-Z said he bought three pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes and gave credit to and expressed his support for LaVar Ball, as transcribed by JMKTV. Hov..." August 19

  • Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons top Vegas odds for NBA Rookie of the Year

    ESPN "A ballyhooed NBA rookie class has caused disagreement among Las Vegas oddsmakers. William Hill's Nevada sportsbook on Wednesday opened Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year at 9-5. The next day, the Westgate SuperBook went with Philadelphia 76ers..." August 18

  • Luke Walton: Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

    TMZ "Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball. So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out. Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of..." August 16

  • The Lakers have a ridiculous amount of nationally televised games this season

    Awful Announcing "Here’s a news flash. The Los Angeles Lakers will be on television this year. A lot. I know, I know, I know… no matter how bad the Lakers are, no matter how many games they lost the previous season, their games are always going to be televised. Just like the Yankees or the Red Sox or the..." August 15

  • Markelle Fultz Picks Kobe Bryant over LeBron James

    SLAM Online "Echoing Michael Jordan and Keyon Martin‘s comments, Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz thinks Kobe Bryant was a better player than LeBron James. During an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, Fultz said that LeBron is “on the way there” but still needs time to surpass Kobe in his mind. “I think..." August 14

  • Lakers legend compares Lonzo Ball to Magic Johnson

    TMZ "James Worthy on Lonzo Ball -- "He enhances everybody on the court. We haven't had someone with that type of talent really since Magic." "Big Game James" just dished out some serious praise to Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball -- telling TMZ Sports he's REALLY excited about the kid ... and gave him one..." August 13

  • Fultz names Lonzo as toughest opponent in college, wants BBB gear

    Lakers Nation "This year’s NBA Draft unfolded just as most experts believed it would, with the Philadelphia 76ers selecting Markelle Fultz first and the Los Angeles Lakers taking Lonzo Ball second, creating an instant rivalry. The two will forever be compared to each other, as well as other top point guards..." August 13

  • Report: Knicks' Phil Jackson wanted to deal Kristaps Porzingis for Lonzo Ball

    Hoops Hype "The New York Knicks recently picked up the team option to re-sign Kristaps Porzingis. However, he was nearly traded before the NBA Draft. While speaking with Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast, veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey spoke about former New York executive Phil Jackson. Vecsey..." August 12

  • Sorry, Lakers fans, but Lonzo Ball just picked LeBron James over Kobe Bryant

    Washington Post "For someone still months way from playing in his first NBA game, Lonzo Ball could hardly have been more popular with Lakers fans. A Los Angeles-area high school star who led UCLA to the NCAA tournament as a freshman, Ball’s selection by the Lakers as the draft’s No. 2 overall pick seemed almost..." August 12

  • Lonzo threatens to boycott 2K18 after pic surfaces of Ingram getting dunked on

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to build their future around rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who is already transitioning into a leadership role with the team. During the Las Vegas Summer League, Ball was the engine that drove the team and cultivated a pass-first environment, which ultimately led..." August 12

  • Big Baller Brand shoes will be featured in NBA 2K18

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers may have found a legitimate star in the making in the form of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. The 19-year-old has become a household name with his play at UCLA and in the NBA Summer League along with the added attention due to LaVar Ball’s antics and the controversial Big..." August 12

  • Lakers' Ingram: Hawks' Collins dunking on me 'will never happen'

    Clutch Points "In the last several days, NBA 2K18 has steadily released the ratings for various players across the league via social media. One of which was Atlanta Hawks rookie big man John Collins, who was shown in his NBA 2K18 rating card posterizing Los Angeles Lakers second-year forward Brandon Ingram...." August 12

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Lakers, Clippers To Meet On 2017-18 NBA Season Opening Night

    Clutch Points "As the 2017-18 NBA season quickly approaches, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have undergone numerous changes during the offseason. In President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka’s first offseason together, they drafted Lonzo Ball, traded for..." August 10

  • Lakers signing Stephen Zimmerman, V.J. Beachem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers have 14 players with guaranteed contracts. That leaves one regular-season, standard-contract roster spot up for grabs. They’ve already added Vander Blue and Briante Weber. Now, two more competitors join the mix. Lakers release: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center..." August 10

  • Gilbert Arenas Compares LaVar Ball to Lil Penny & It is a Damn Good Comparison

    Black Sports Online "LaVar Ball is a mouthpiece. When a wrestler isn’t good on the mic, they give them a manager like Paul Heyman or Bobby The Brain Heenan to talk for them. That is all LaVar is doing, Lonzo isn’t the greatest talker, he is a pretty chill guy, but LaVar does the promo work that helps the..." August 09

  • Lonzo Ball Loved Brandon Armstrong’s Impression Of His Unique Basketball Style

    Uproxx "Brandon Armstrong might just be the guy who robbed Win Butler of a Celebrity Game MVP at the All-Star Game in New Orleans earlier this year if you’re only into Arcade Fire, but basketball fans know him as the guy who can impersonate the styles of the NBA’s best players. Armstrong’s latest..." August 08

  • Robert Horry Threw Punches at a Youth Basketball Tournament

    The Big Lead "Robert Horry attended a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Los Angeles on Saturday where his son was playing. Apparently some dude took the opportunity to mock and shove the modern ring-getting GOAT. Horry responded by throwing punches. Horry later told TMZ that the man was trash-talking his son’s..." August 08

  • LaVar: LeBron should join Lakers if he wants more championships

    SLAM Online "According to the irrepressible and omnipresent LaVar Ball, if LeBron James intends to add to his collection of NBA titles, he should team up with his son Lonzo on the Los Angeles Lakers. James, 32, can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also facing a..." August 04

  • Michael Jordan Ranks Kobe over LeBron: ‘Five Beats Three’

    SLAM Online "For Michael Jordan, greatness on the basketball court has always been defined by championships. Perhaps this is why MJ still won’t give LeBron James the nod over Kobe Bryant in terms of all-time legacy. At his Flight School camp on Monday in Santa Barbara, CA, Jordan emphatically answered..." August 02

  • Lonzo Ball Will Have His Signature Shot In NBA 2K18

    Black Sports Online "NBA 2K18 is about a month in a half out and Lonzo Ball is already receiving love. Earlier today Ball got his rookie rating a solid 80, not bad for the rookie. 2K sports also announced that Ball will have his signature odd looking shot, nonetheless it goes in from three land." August 02

  • Lakers prepared to deal Jordan Clarkson for cap space if needed

    CBS Sports "The Lakers are in a weird spot ever since Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss took over the day-to-day operations in Los Angeles. The two made it clear they want to return to the old days where the Lakers dominated the free agency period and constantly found new ways to acquire stars. The previous..." August 02

  • Slow climb continues for G-League MVP Vander Blue, who signs with Lakers

    CBS Sports "Vander Blue has played all over the world during his basketball odyssey, suiting up in Israel and China along with various G-League teams, but somehow he seems to always find his way back to the Los Angeles Lakers organization. He's played for their Summer League team, the G-League team (then..." July 29

  • Rob Pelinka: Lakers hope to sign 1 or 2 max players in 2018

    The Comeback "The Lakers are coming back strong. With a young core of point guard Lonzo Ball and wing Brandon Ingram, they may be just a few players away from actually contending in the West. Fortunately, they’ve freed up some cap room to get such players, and general manager Rob Pelinka said on The Dan..." July 28

  • Report: Lakers agree to 2-year deal with Thomas Bryant

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a two-year deal with No. 42 overall pick center Thomas Bryant, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The deal will allow the team to bring the utmost flexibility going into next season, where they’re expected to make a run at soon-to-be free agent..." July 27

  • LaVar Ball says he and LaMelo would beat Michael Jordan and LeBron James 2-on-2

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball may have outdone himself yet again. Before his Big Ballers AAU team played Zion Williamson’s SC Supreme team on Wednesday night, basketball’s most notorious hype man proudly boasted that he and 15-year-old son LaMelo, who headlines the Big Ballers roster, could beat anybody 2-on-2 …..." July 27

  • Jeannie Buss says she didn’t understand why Lakers signed Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last summer, the Lakers signed Luol Deng (four years, $72 million) and Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million) to contracts that immediately looked like liabilities. At worst, Deng and Mozgov would help the Lakers win just enough to lose their top-three protected 2017 first-round pick – which..." July 27

  • D’Angelo Russell on Having No Idea Why Magic Johnson Would Say He Isn’t a Leader

    Black Sports Online "D’Angelo Russell has talent, but he can’t be this naïve. The reason people question his leadership is because he snitched on Swaggy P’s cheating and other immature actions by him. Maybe Magic Johnson could have been nicer about his assessment, but he wasn’t lying. Russell was miffed by..." July 26

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Report: Derrick Rose was unwilling to accept bench role with Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "The great Allen Iverson once said, “I don’t know any former MVP that come off the bench.” Now Derrick Rose appears to be living by those words as well. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers made a “strong push” for Rose before he signed with the Cleveland..." July 26

  • Lakers To Re-Sign Tyler Ennis

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers have reached an agreement to bring back free agent guard Tyler Ennis, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN (Twitter link). Shelburne reports that Ennis will get a two-year, minimum salary deal with a team option on the second year. Ennis, who will turn 23 next month, was selected by..." July 25

  • Charles Barkley on Lakers making playoffs next season: ‘Hell no’

    Sportsnaut "There is a ton of hype surrounding Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers. Many are wondering if they might actually be good enough to make the playoffs. Just don’t count Charles Barkley among those who are of that opinion. When approached by TMZ Sports, Barkley was asked if the Lakers are going..." July 25

  • Jay Williams rips LaVar Ball for forfeiting AAU game

    Sportsnaut "LaVar Ball found a way to earn even more heat when he pulled his AAU team off of the floor after what he deemed to be cheating by officials. In a game his team was winning. Naturally, that decision has earned some backlash. One man not happy with Ball’s actions is former NBA player and Duke star,..." July 24

  • Kobe Bryant Comments on Comparisons to Kyrie Irving Amid Cavaliers Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Kobe Bryant seemed to scoff at the idea that he might be influencing Kyrie Irving amid reports that Irving has demanded a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former NBA star tweeted: " July 24

  • Lakers Front Office Has Been in Full Paul George and LeBron Mode From the "Day They Took Over"

    The Big Lead "We’ve been on LeBron-to-the-Lakers for over a month now, but Cavs fans kept burying their heads in the sand, thinking it was too long of a shot to be discussed. Here we are, a month after my appearance on the Herd, and Cleveland is imploding. Jimmy Butler briefly wanted to play in Cleveland …..." July 23

  • ‘Those letters got me thru’: A U.S. soldier’s young pen pal grew up to be a Laker

    Washington Post "Fourteen years ago, 10-year-old Larry Nance Jr. exchanged letters as part of a pen pal program with United States soldier Bianca Snow, who was stationed overseas. Nance, now a 24-year-old forward with the Los Angeles Lakers, never met Snow, but he may get the chance to do so this season after she..." July 23

  • LaVar Ball gets technical at AAU game, pulls team off the court

    USA Today High School Sports "LaVar Ball got a technical foul and pulled his Big Ballers AAU team off the court in a bizarre scene Saturday at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in California. The playoff game was ruled a forfeit after Big Ballers left in the second half and Clutch Players Navy was awarded the win...." July 23

  • Joel Embiid: I'd Wear Big Baller Shoes ... For $1 Billion!

    TMZ "Joel Embiid just offered an olive branch to LaVar Ball ... but peace comes with three commas. With the war raging between Embiid and Lonzo Ball's dad, we asked the Philadelphia 76ers star if there was ANY way he'd ever rock a pair of ZO2s on the hardwood this season. There is one way --..." July 23

  • Adam Silver 'Lonzo's Game Trumps LaVar's Talk ... Dude Can Play'

    TMZ "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is showin' mad love for Lonzo Ball ... saying it's Zo's game -- not his dad, LaVar's big mouth -- that has the whole league buzzin'. We talked to Silver -- one of the coolest guys in all of sports -- about all the talk surrounding the Ball family ... and he says he..." July 23

  • Magic Johnson expects Brandon Ingram to lead Lakers in scoring, hit 20 ppg next year

    Yardbarker "You certainly can’t accuse Magic Johnson of selling his players short. In a feature earlier this week on Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram by Mark Medina of the LA Daily News, Johnson laid out his lofty expectations of the 19-year-old for the 2017-18 season. “I expect him to lead us..." July 22

  • Steve Ballmer bothered by sharing town with Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Clippers have managed to surpass the Lakers in terms of success over the past few years, but they still remain the secondary team in Los Angeles behind the ever-popular Purple and Gold. Team owner Steve Ballmer, who bought the franchise three years ago, recently acknowledged that competing..." July 22

  • LaMelo Ball joins LaVar in trying to sway LeBron James to join the Lakers

    USA Today "Chino Hills guard LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, must’ve been reading NBA news on Friday because he sent out this tweet expressing his excitement over the possibility that three-time champ LeBron James could join his big bro’s team. Those emojis translate to..." July 22

  • Shannon Brown's Advice to Lonzo Ball 'Don't Bang Kardashians Yet'

    TMZ "Lonzo Ball will have plenty of time to crush all the celebrity ass he wants -- AFTER he starts to kill it in the NBA ... so, don't go chasing the Kardashians just yet. This is the wise message from ex-Laker Shannon Brown ... who knows all about dating famous women. Of course, Brown famously..." July 21