Lakers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Lakers meet with Derrick Rose, Ian Clark about backup point guard slot

    Pro Basketball Talk "At a press conference this week introducing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Magic Johnson said that the Lakers wanted to find a backup point guard in the next week or so. Thursday the Lakers took a couple of steps down that road, meeting with both Derrick Rose and Ian Clark. Both men would serve..." July 21

  • Lakers meeting with Derrick Rose

    Lakers Nation "With 13 players under contract, the Los Angeles Lakers have the majority of their roster filled out. One major hole that the team intends to fill soon, however, is their backup point guard spot. Rookie Lonzo Ball is penciled in as the starter there, but Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have spoken..." July 20

  • Lakers considered Dwyane Wade pursuit to lure LeBron James

    Fanrag Sports "In a report themed around the Los Angeles Lakers attempting to become the kind of destination for free agents they haven’t been in a few years, ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed one potential move that would have represented LeBron James groundwork. Having become the lurking presence for a..." July 20

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Lonzo Ball's Calf Injury from NBA Summer League Diagnosed as Low-Grade Strain

    Bleacher Report "The MRI results on Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball's calf injury reportedly revealed a low-grade strain. Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet reported the news Tuesday, noting the low-grade strain is mild. Ball underwent an MRI Tuesday after suffering the calf strain Sunday against the..." July 19

  • Magic: More triple-doubles to come for Lonzo

    ESPN "Magic Johnson believes Lonzo Ball's triple-doubles in summer league were just a preview of more to come. "You can see that. If he's getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season," Johnson said. "Just like me, when I got here, there was..." July 19

  • Lonzo Ball Named Summer League MVP

    Real GM Baseball "Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of NBA Summer League 2017 and headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams, as selected by a panel of media members. Ball, the first Laker to be named NBA Summer League MVP, averaged 16.3 points and a league-leading 9.3 assists to go with 7.7 rebounds and..." July 18

  • Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Cites Wrong Book Of Bible While Comparing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope To Biblical Bread

    Deadspin "Here is part of a story: And the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’” In the evening quail came up and..." July 18

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • What we learned from The Lonzo Ball Show in Las Vegas

    ESPN "Jason Kidd has heard the comparisons of Lonzo Ball to himself many times since Ball began to shine at UCLA last season. Some even think that Ball looks a bit like Kidd when he came out as a highly acclaimed pass-first point guard and also the No. 2 overall pick out of Cal in the 1994..." July 18

  • Lonzo Ball out for Lakers in Summer League title game with calf strain

    Pro Basketball Talk "It doesn’t matter what shoes he wears tonight, Lonzo Ball isn’t playing. He left Sunday’s Las Vegas Summer League semi-final game in the third quarter with what was called “calf tightness, , ” and now the team has officially ruled him out for the championship game Monday night against..." July 17

  • Dwight Howard denies beef with Kobe Bryant with Lakers, blames media

    CBS Sports "The Lakers' trade to acquire Dwight Howard from the Magic in 2012 was a blockbuster that sent one of the league's best centers to L.A. to join Kobe Bryant at the tail of his career. It didn't work out, lasting only one season. Among those misfortunes was a well-chronicled rift between the..." July 17

  • Lonzo Ball Says He’s Trying to Fuel Sneaker Bidding War

    SLAM Online "After wearing his signature Big Baller Brand kicks during the first two games of Summer League, Lonzo Ball has auditioned different sneakers in every game since. Eyes have been focused on Lonzo’s latest choice of footwear—from Nike (Kobe AD) to adidas (Harden Vol. 2) to Under Armour (Curry 4)..." July 17

  • Shaq raises stakes in beef with LaVar Ball by vowing to wear wig if he beats him

    CBS Sports "In a response to LaVar Ball challenging him and his son to a little two-on-two action with their sons involved, Shaquille O'Neal jabbed back with an Instagram video featuring a wig and lip-syncing to Carrie Underwood with a very direct caption posted: If lavar ball beats me I'll superglue this..." July 17

  • Dwight Howard claims he never had beef with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "Revisionist history or not, Dwight Howard wants to set the record straight about his relationship with Kobe Bryant. Responding to a question from a Twitter user on Sunday, the eight-time All-Star center claimed that rumors of him beefing with Bryant in Los Angeles were nothing more than a media..." July 16

  • Report: Sneaker Companies To Up Offers After Watching Lonzo Play

    Total Pro Sports "LaVar Ball took a huge risk when he went to major sneaker companies and asked for a billion dollars straight up in order to sign his son, Lonzo Ball, and wanted his Big Baller Brand a part of the mix as well. Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour initially all said no earlier this year. Things have..." July 16

  • Lakers’ contingency plans unclear with Rajon Rondo going to New Orleans

    Orange County Register "The Lakers had a healthy amount of dialogue both with and about veteran guard Rajon Rondo, and whether he would become a good fit for their young roster. Ultimately, the Lakers did not have to decide the varying variables about such a possible partnership. Rondo agreed to a one-year deal with..." July 16

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Receives 15 Percent Trade Kicker In Lakers' Deal

    Real GM Basketball "As part of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, he receives a 15 percent trade kicker. Caldwell-Pope also receives a 50 percent advance in the deal." July 16

  • LaVar Ball continues feud with Joel Embiid: 'Like I said, his vocabulary is limited'

    CBS Sports "The NBA's longest-running offseason feud has a new chapter, as LaVar Ball has responded to the news of Joel Embiid being fined $10K for saying "f--- LaVar Ball" in a social media video. Embiid did not regret the comments, saying a few days afterward, "I think most people have been wanting to..." July 16

  • LaVar Ball addresses Lonzo’s sneaker carousel

    Sporting News "Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has strayed from Big Baller Brand's ZO2 sneakers during Summer League and sported Nike and adidas. And to everyone’s enjoyment, his numbers in BBB shoes pale in comparison to when he wears something else. Because he just can’t help himself, LaVar Ball gave the world..." July 16

  • Lonzo Ball sports Curry's shoes, helps Lakers into Vegas summer league semis

    CBS Sports "Lonzo Ball continued to make as much noise about his shoes as his game, though Ball was impressive in the Los Angeles Lakers' 115-106 Summer League victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Las Vegas on Saturday. Ball, who has sported the family shoes -- Big Baller Brand -- Nike and Adidas in previous..." July 16

  • Bulls claim David Nwaba off waivers

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers waived David Nwaba — who had been playing on their Las Vegas Summer League team — to make way for the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signing. The Lakers like Nwaba, he was called up from their D-League team in late February last season and earned his way into the rotation, but sacrifices had..." July 15

  • LaVar Ball Shoots Down Rumor About Lonzo Ducking De'Aaron Fox in Summer League

    Complex "Earlier this week, the Lakers held Lonzo Ball out of a Summer League game against the Kings. And while that normally wouldn’t be all that big of a deal, Lonzo was scheduled to square off against De’Aaron Fox in that game for the first time since Fox got the better of him during Kentucky’s win over..." July 14

  • Tarik Black reaches agreement to join Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets have agreed to a deal with free agent forward Tarik Black, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports (via Twitter). Black was waived by the Lakers earlier this month before his deal for 2017/18 became guaranteed and hit unrestricted free agency after clearing waivers." July 14

  • Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka And The Lakers Have Aced The Offseason

    The Big Lead "Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in their first offseason in charge of an NBA franchise, but the two neophytes are making this look easy. Johnson, Pelinka and their Los Angeles Lakers have passed every test set before them since taking command of the franchise. They’ve set the Purple and Gold up for..." July 14

  • Tina Ball, mother of Lakers' Lonzo, makes first public appearance since suffering stroke

    USA Today "Tina Ball, the mother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and wife of outspoken father LaVar, was seen in public for the first time Thursday since suffering a stroke in February. LaVar walked his wife into the gymnasium for a Big Ballers AAU game, in which their youngest son, LaMelo,..." July 14

  • Future Laker LeBron James Tweets Congrats to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope For Signing With Lakers

    Black Sports Online "It will be a glorious day for Lakers fans when LeBron signs with the team, but until then they just have to wait it out and read the tea leaves. It isn’t a big deal for LeBron to congratulate KCP, since they are repped by same people, but I just like to stir up things." July 14

  • Lonzo Ball Wore James Harden's Adidas Shoes Thursday Night, Not Big Baller Brand's

    The Big Lead "Lonzo Ball went away from his family’s brand of shoes for the second straight game Thursday night. The 19-year-old eschewed the Big Baller Brand ZO2s and went with James Harden’s adidas kicks. On Wednesday night, Ball ditched the BBB shoes in favor of a pair of Kobe A.D.s, which are made by..." July 14

  • Lonzo Ball and the Lakers Should Be the Team with the 3rd Most TV Games in 2017-2018

    The Big Lead "Yes, it’s only summer league, but Lonzo Ball going for 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds – plus hitting the game-winner – cements something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately: The Lakers should have the 3rd most televised games in the NBA next season, after only the Warriors and..." July 14

  • Joel Embiid Says He's Glad He Went After LaVar Ball in Instagram Comments

    Bleacher Report "Joel Embiid doesn't have any regrets about going after LaVar Ball. Shortly after the NBA announced it had fined the Philadelphia 76ers center $10,000 for saying "F--k LaVar Ball" on Instagram, Embiid told the Variety Sports and Entertainment Panel on Thursday he was "glad" he voiced his opinion..." July 14