Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kawhi Won't Be Available to Lakers

    Orange County Register "It’s a sad day in San Antonio – and an exciting one for other teams, starting with the Lakers – with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs looking like they’re past the point of no return. The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in their first-round mismatch, one loss from the offseason with Kawhi nowhere in..." April 22

  • 76ers’ Ben Simmons Becomes First Rookie Since Lakers’ Magic Johnson With Triple-Double In NBA Playoffs

    Lakers Nation "With his size and passing ability at the point guard position, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has often drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Magic, of course, took the Lakers to another level as a team in his first season, and Simmons is trying to do the same with..." April 22

  • Lakers' Julius Randle 'I Care About My L.A. Future ... Not LeBron's!'

    TMZ "Julius Randle says you can jam it with all the questions about LeBron James on the Lakers ... because there's one Lakers future he's much more interested in ... HIS OWN. Randle is coming off a career season with the Purple & Gold, but being that he's a restricted free agent, there's no..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Here's What a Potential Kawhi-to-the-Lakers Trade Would Look Like

    12 Up "​After all the misery that Kawhi Leonard put the Spurs through this season, ​envisioning him in San Antonio next year seems bizarre. Besides the fact that his mind is drifting toward Los Angeles, Kawhi's feud with his current training staff is nothing to mess around with. Historically, the..." April 20

  • Report: Lakers Still Targeting LeBron James, Paul George In Free Agency

    SLAM Online "As the summer nears, the Lakers‘ front office is maintaining the same game plan: Target superstars LeBron James and Paul George in free agency, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski. Both James and George can opt out and hit unrestricted free agency after this season." April 20

  • Report: Lamar Odom Aiming To Return To Basketball Overseas

    SLAM Online "NBA veteran Lamar Odom is apparently eyeing a return to the court. According to a TMZ report, Odom has been grinding in the gym trying to land a contract to play overseas: Lamar Odom says he’s busting his ass in the gym to get back on the court — telling TMZ Sports he wants to strike a deal..." April 19

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers will chase Kawhi Leonard deal this summer, sources say

    Sporting News "Former Lakers coach and star Byron Scott, for one, said this week that he believes the team has targeted this summer for a quick jump-start rebuild, suggesting that LA will wind up with both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James this summer. Around the league, front-office sources agree with at least..." April 19

  • Magic Johnson says Lakers "have really good young players"

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers were obviously a franchise that was in rebuild mode when the 2017-18 season began. However, the Lakers proved that they weren't too far away from contending as they finished the season with a 35-47 record. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, Lakers..." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma will not play summer league, Magic Johnson says

    L.A. Daily News "Lonzo Ball’s offseason will not include an appearance at the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas. Lakers president Magic Johnson said Ball and Kyle Kuzma will skip the July event to focus on their individual progress following strong rookie seasons. “We want those guys in the gym, working with..." April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • How Kobe Bryant would pitch LeBron James, Paul George on Lakers in free agency

    USA Today "If Los Angeles Lakers fans had their way, Kobe Bryant would be ready to help out on the free agency front at the perfect time during these NBA playoffs. Oklahoma City falls to Utah in the first round, and Thunder star/Palmdale, Calif., native Paul George is greeted at his locker by a text..." April 16

  • Lonzo Ball: Magic Johnson said this will be 'biggest summer' of my life

    ESPN "Entering what Magic Johnson told him will be "the biggest summer" of his life, Lonzo Ball will work on, but not alter, his shot, and he wasn't too concerned about what he showed LeBron James, Paul George and other potential free agents in his rookie season. "No, the way I play is to help my..." April 13

  • The Lakers Better Not Blow it This Offseason

    12 Up "The Los Angeles Lakers will be starting their vacation early for the fifth straight season, but this upcoming offseason is very different from the others. The Lakers have a solid young core with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma on the roster. To add to their talents,..." April 13

  • Lonzo Ball not actively recruiting free agents to Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball does not appear to be actively recruiting free agents to the Los Angeles Lakers. Ball had his exit interview with the Lakers on Thursday, a day after his team’s season came to an end. Ball, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft, is viewed as a key player for the Lakers moving forward...." April 13

  • Lonzo Ball Is Open To Suiting Up For The Summer League If The Lakers Want Him To Play

    Dime Magazine "Like many rookies, Lonzo Ball‘s first year as a professional athlete featured some ups and downs. There were plenty of moments where Ball showed the reason why he was such a highly-regarded prospect, mixing otherworldly court vision with the ability to rebound and stretch the floor with his..." April 13

  • Lakers sent scout to watch LiAngelo Ball in Lithuania

    New York Daily News "LaVar Ball continues to speak it into existence. While the loud-mouthed basketball dad's goal of having all three of his sons play for the Lakers is still a ways off, that dream is now one step closer to coming to fruition. The Lakers sent a scout to watch LiAngelo Ball and Lithuanian..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Luke Walton ‘thrilled’ for growth Lakers can make in offseason

    L.A. Daily News "Despite the Lakers’ season ending on a high note, the NBA playoffs will for a fifth year manage to occur without the 16-time champions’ participation. And as much as that frustrates second-year head coach Luke Walton, there is a purple-and-gold lining. “I’m thrilled about the offseason,” Walton..." April 12

  • Lamar Odom saved Master P from a Kobe Bryant fight

    New York Post "Lamar Odom can add “peacekeeper” to his résumé. The former Laker defused an argument between then-Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant and Master P that could have gotten ugly. “I got into it with Kobe before, at the Lakers facility,” the rapper told “The Red Pill with Van Lathan” podcast on Tuesday...." April 11

  • G League veteran Andre Ingram scores 19 points in Lakers debut after 10-year NBA wait

    USA Today "Guard Andre Ingram spent 10 years in the G League before getting the an emotional call up to the Los Angeles Lakers this week. Ingram, 32, the G League's all-time leader in made three-pointers, did not disappoint in his long-awaited debut. After receiving big cheers after coming off the..." April 11

  • Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma borrows from Kareem and Magic to resurrect sky hook

    Orange County Register "When Luke Walton first saw Kyle Kuzma shoot his version of the sky hook, he was skeptical that the iconic move, made famous by one of the greatest Lakers ever, was truly in the young forward’s arsenal. “In my head, I was trying to figure out, does he have that in his game or was that just a..." April 10

  • Lakers Sign G League Veteran Andre Ingram For Remainder Of 2017-18 NBA Season

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers formally announced the signing of Andre Ingram for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Ingram is expected to be in uniform and available when the Lakers wrap up their campaign with a back-to-back that begins Tuesday against the Houston Rockets. He averaged 9.1 points,..." April 09

  • Isaiah Thomas guarantees he'll be fully healthy by free agency

    247 Sports "While the summer of 2018 might not play out like he thought it would have at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas is confident that he will be able to attack his rehab hard enough in order to put himself in a position to be fully healthy by July 1 when..." April 09

  • Luke Walton won't rule out Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram for final two games of season

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers coach Luke Walton still isn't ready to rule out Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram for the final two games of the season. Ball missed Sunday's game because of a bruised knee and Ingram was out because of a concussion. Ball has missed the past six games and Ingram the past five. "They are..." April 09

  • Kyle Kuzma on latest injury: 'Hard to move around on two flat tires'

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma hobbled out of Staples Center late Friday night with both of his ankles aching and the remainder of his impressive rookie season up in the air. Already playing through a right ankle injury that he suffered earlier this season, Kuzma was limited to 18..." April 07

  • Elgin Baylor honored by Lakers with bronze statue at Staples Center

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a bronze statue of Elgin Baylor in the middle of Staples Center's Star Plaza before Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Baylor became the sixth Laker to be honored with a statue outside the arena, joining Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,..." April 07

  • Isaiah: No regrets about '17 playoffs, playing helped numb pain of sister's death

    Los Angeles Times "Isaiah Thomas approached, using one crutch to help him walk, a little over a week after having arthroscopic hip surgery. He had the injury fixed on March 28 of this year, though he suffered it in March 2017. In fact, he kept playing basketball for two more months after that, helping the Boston..." April 07

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Lonzo Ball Says Girlfriend Denise Garcia is Having a Baby Girl

    TMZ "Lady Baller Alert ... Lonzo Ball and his girlfriend are having a baby girl!! TMZ Sports broke the story ... Zo's H.S. sweetheart Denise Garcia is pregnant with a Baby Baller. Zo talked with Mike Trudell about his kid on the way on Thursday, revealing the baby is due July 16." April 06

  • Lamar Odom Is Getting Into The Marijuana Business

    SLAM Online "In conjunction with his Rich Soil clothing line, Lamar Odom is getting into the marijuana business with a new line of products called Rich Soil Organics. In a press release, Odom says marijuana helped him recover from cocaine addiction. “While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains..." April 06

  • This could be the first playoffs since 1960 without New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, might pose ratings issues

    Awful Announcing "A key question for broadcasters heading into the NBA playoffs is “How good will the ratings be?” Regular-season ratings have been quite strong this season, both locally and nationally, but there’s some doubt if that will continue into the postseason, with several big markets missing out entirely..." April 06

  • Kobe to produce and star in new basketball analysis show ‘Detail,’ to air on ESPN+

    Awful Announcing "Last we heard from Kobe Bryant, he was winning an Academy Award for best animated short. Now, the former NBA MVP is back in the #content game, with a basketball analysis show called Detail that will debut next week on ESPN’s new ESPN+ platform. According to an ESPN release, the first episode of..." April 05

  • Lakers' Isaiah Thomas begins rehab after hip surgery

    Los Angeles Times "Isaiah Thomas returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday night from New York where he had surgery on his right hip on March 29. Before the Lakers played the Utah Jazz, he reached out to head coach Luke Walton to wish him luck. Thomas played in 17 games for the Lakers since being traded from Cleveland..." April 05

  • Lakers sweep season series against Spurs for 1st time in 20 years

    The Score "With the Los Angeles Lakers' 122-112 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, L.A. swept the season series for the first time since 1997-98. That was Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's second season with the Lakers, and Tim Duncan's rookie campaign." April 05

  • ESPN broadcast cuts away from Lakers' potential game-winning shot against Spurs

    USA Today "The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers went to overtime Wednesday night, but viewers watching on ESPN missed out on seeing just how the game needed the extra period. With the game tied at 108 and time winding down at the end of the fourth quarter, Lakers guard Josh Hart took a pass from..." April 05

  • Lakers unsure if Lonzo Ball will play again this season

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers aren't sure if Lonzo Ball will play again this season because of a painful bruise in his left knee. But if he's fully healthy with even one or two games left, he'll play. "If he gets healthy it's an opportunity to play him," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "But if it remains sore …..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Luke Walton Says Lonzo Ball Won’t Return Until Knee Is Pain-Free

    Lakers Nation "Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has had an up and down first season in the NBA. He’s shown the flashes that head coach Luke Walton hoped to see, and his all-around game has been on full display. That is, when Ball has managed to be on the court. It’s that last part that has..." April 03

  • Alex Caruso has made big strides over a year, all the way to Lakers' starting point guard

    Los Angeles Times "When Alex Caruso thinks back on the past year of his life, he appreciates the journey he's taken. "To see how far I've come in a year has just been really special," Caruso said. "I'm really humbled to be in this position and just really excited for the future." Caruso remained with the..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram diagnosed with concussion

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol after being diagnosed with a concussion on Saturday. Ingram was re-evaluated Saturday after suffering what the team initially diagnosed as a neck muscle contusion during Friday's 124-122 overtime loss to..." March 31

  • Julius Randle could be Lakers’ 3rd priority after LeBron James, Paul George

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle was likely an afterthought to stay in the City of Angels with the expected frenzy of a free agency this summer. The Lakers have done everything in their power to clear enough cap space to sign the likes of LeBron James and Paul George in hopes of reviving..." March 31

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

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