Lakers Rumors & News

  • All-Stars shine in LA, leaving Lakers, Clippers wondering who might return

    Sporting News "Four. Of all the players here for the NBA’s All-Star festivities, the 24 players in Sunday’s game and 24 in Friday’s Rising Stars game, the four participants in the Slam Dunk Contest, the eight shooters in the 3-Point Contest and eight ball handlers in the Skills Challenge — 68 players altogether..." February 18

  • Hundreds show up to Lonzo Ball’s $199 autograph session

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball may not be taking part in his first ever NBA All-Star Game this weekend, but the rookie point guard and his family appear to have come up with an indirect way to profit off of the event. Last week, Ball announced that he would be hosting an autograph session at the Puente Hills Mall..." February 18

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Russell Westbrook to Lakers fans chanting for Paul George: ‘Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over for that’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lakers fans attending All-Star media day burst into a “We want Paul!” chant when Paul George was shown on a screen. His Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook – in the midst of his own interview – looked to the stands to respond. “That’s out!” Westbrook said. “Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over..." February 17

  • Lakers’ Channing Frye out after undergoing appendectomy

    Sportsnaut "Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the blockbuster Isaiah Thomas trade earlier this month, Channing Frye has suited up a grand total of one game for the Los Angeles Lakers. A buyout candidate, Frye’s absence from the team’s game Thursday night led to speculation that this might indeed..." February 17

  • T.I. not a fan of Lonzo Ball’s rapping skills

    Snip Daily "Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball just dropped his first album. It includes an ode to his father, LaVar, and other musings surrounding his life on and off the court. The rap album has been met with mixed reviews. But in a vacuum, it seems to be pretty decent (listen here). One..." February 17

  • LaVar 'LeBron Will Sign w/ Lakers Lonzo Will Make Him Better!'

    TMZ "The house-cleaning in Cleveland was all for nothing -- because LeBron James is leaving the Cavs to sign with the Lakers in the off-season ... at least, that's what LaVar Ball believes. The Big Baller was at his pop-up shop in L.A. when we asked about the possibility of Bron coming out West to..." February 17

  • LaVar Ball Insists He Isn't Scared of Magic Johnson or the Lakers

    Complex "LaVar Ball claims he isn’t afraid of anything—even Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. After arriving in the U.S. on Friday, LaVar was questioned about the highly publicized drama between him and Los Angeles coach Luke Walton. The Big Baller Brand patriarch has been quite..." February 17

  • Lonzo Ball on LaVar Ball’s threat: ‘No reaction. I always just play. He always talks’

    Pro Basketball Talk "LaVar Ball said Lonzo Ball wouldn’t re-sign with the Lakers unless they also signed LiAngelo Ball (and maybe LaMelo Ball, though LaVar wasn’t quite as clear about his third son). The earliest Lonzo could unilaterally leave Los Angeles is 2022, but he addressed his father’s comments..." February 16

  • Kobe: If a player needs convincing to play for Lakers, 'he ain't the one'

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant didn't mince words when he told ESPN's Jalen Rose that only a "special" kind of player can be a Los Angeles Laker. The future Hall of Famer, who played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, was asked whether he would help the team recruit free agents this summer, given the..." February 16

  • LaVar Ball: I'm Not Afraid of Lakers, Magic Johnson

    TMZ "LaVar Ball is back in the U.S. -- and he's digging in his heels on his threats to the Lakers ... sign my other sons or I'm taking Lonzo Ball somewhere else. "Man, who don't want they sons to play all on the same team?" Ball told us in front of his reality TV show crew at LAX ... "Name one..." February 16

  • Magic Johnson Has 'Special Relationship' With LaVar Ball

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers have wanted to be supportive of LaVar Ball's business ambitions. Their original plan was to let LaVar market his family but his criticism of Luke Walton has been difficult for the team to deal with. "I got a special relationship with LaVar," Johnson said. "I think he..." February 15

  • Silver on Magic fine: 'Stop talking about players on other teams'

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the the league was sending a clear message when it fined Magic Johnson $50,000 last week for his effusive praise of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Silver, in a studio sit-down Thursday with ESPN's The Jump, said the Los Angeles Lakers' previous..." February 15

  • With or without the Ball family, the Lakers are finding themselves

    ESPN "He arrived early, long before most of the folks who'd bought courtside seats to watch the Lakers play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12. People who sit in seats that good generally spend most of pregame warm-ups at the exclusive Chase Lounge, sipping cocktails or pounding appetizers...." February 15

  • Lonzo Ball’s debut album is an ode to his dad

    Snip Daily "In what has to be described as a turning back of the clock to a gentler time in the hip-hop industry, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball’s debut rap album dropped on Thursday. And it’s nothing less than an ode to his father, the outspoken LaVar Ball. Despite the drama that LaVar has..." February 15

  • Lonzo Ball expects to play in Lakers’ first game after All-Star break

    Orange County Register "As Josh Hart ran off the Pelicans’ home court on Wednesday morning, he stopped in front of Lonzo Ball, who was chatting with reporters, to tease the rookie point guard about when he would return to the court. “First game back after All-Star, man,” Ball responded. “I’ll be there.” Ruled out..." February 15

  • Lonzo Ball Had 'No Reaction' to LaVar's Threat to Lakers; 'He Always Talks'

    Bleacher Report "Earlier this week, LaVar Ball told Lithuanian media he would pull his son Lonzo Ball away from the Los Angeles Lakers if they didn't acquire his other sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo. As usual, Lonzo offered little comment on his boisterous father's remarks. "No reaction," Lonzo told's..." February 15

  • Lamar Odom wants to play in BIG3 in honor of Rasual Butler

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom has been interested in playing in Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league for quite some time, but he may be more motivated than ever now to join a team for the upcoming season. Odom told TMZ on Thursday that he could be joining the BIG3 this summer, and he said he doesn’t have a..." February 15

  • Isaiah: 'It was wrong for me to get ejected' because I was protecting myself

    The Score "Isaiah Thomas doesn't believe he deserved to get tossed from Wednesday's game. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard got into a heated exchange with Rajon Rondo after the New Orleans Pelicans floor general was hounding him on defense, and they were both ejected with 33 seconds remaining in the..." February 15

  • Rajon Rondo And Isaiah Thomas Both Got Ejected In The First Quarter Wednesday

    Dime Magazine "Rajon Rondo has never been here to make friends with anyone, not even his own teammates. So when the former Celtics star was asked last month about the franchise’s plans to pay homage to Isaiah Thomas with a video tribute upon his return to Boston while he was still a member of the Cavs, Rondo..." February 15

  • Luol Deng Admitted It ‘Sucks’ Being Trapped On The Bench In Lakers Limbo

    Uproxx "Luol Deng still hasn’t played since opening night for the Los Angeles Lakers, and now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it seems he’ll be trapped on the bench until the end of the season. It’s been a tough year for Deng, who will make more than $17 million this season yet has played a..." February 15

  • Avery Bradley Has Been ‘Checking In,’ Giving Advice To Isaiah Thomas

    NESN "Who would have thought a year ago that Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas would be playing in the same city, just on a different side of the country? Yet that’s the situation the two former Boston Celtics guards find themselves in, with Bradley a member of the Los Angeles Clippers after being..." February 15

  • Isaiah: Lakers session was 'the first real practice I had all year'

    The Score "Jae Crowder isn't the only one who's better off after being shipped out of Cleveland. New Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas was asked about his conditioning having returned to action only a month ago after spending the previous seven months recovering from a hip injury. "I'm..." February 14

  • Sacramento's Fox to replace Lakers' Ball in 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars "Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball on the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (9 p.m. ET; TNT/ESPN Radio). Fox, the fifth pick in NBA Draft 2017 presented by State..." February 14

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors could pursue Channing Frye, Ersan Ilyasova if bought out of contract

    Clutch Points "The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors could have some targets in sight from the buyout market, after staying relatively mute through a busy trade deadline. According to Michael Grange of Rogers SportsNet, the Raptors could seek out the likes of Channing Frye (recently traded to the Los..." February 14

  • Magic Johnson Should Consider a Lonzo Ball-for-Devin Booker Trade if LaVar Ball Keeps Up This Nonsense

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball continues to be the biggest distraction in an otherwise excellent season for the Lakers. They’re 11th in the NBA in defensive efficiency after ranking 28th, 29th or 30th for the last four years. Rookies Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart look like keepers. They’ve traded Jordan Clarkson, clearing..." February 14

  • LaVar: Lonzo won’t re-sign with LA unless they sign LiAngelo

    Pro Basketball Talk "When LaVar Ball said Luke Walton lost the Lakers, some players strongly defended their coach. Not LaVar’s son, Lonzo Ball. The promising rookie didn’t commit to either side. That, and the Lakers’ on-the-record silence on the issue, sparked speculation and rumors. But the Lakers found a little..." February 13

  • Lonzo Ball Out Until After All-Star Break Due to Knee Injury, Luke Walton Says

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton told reporters Tuesday that point guard Lonzo Ball will not play until after the All-Star break as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL. According to's Mike Trudell, Walton said Ball "looked good" during a practice that included some..." February 13

  • Luke Walton says the Lakers won't pay attention to LaVar Ball

    247 Sports "While he's thousands of miles away in Lithuania, LaVar Ball managed to make headlines on Monday by suggesting that he won't let Lonzo Ball re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers unless the organization agrees to sign his two younger brothers as well. With those comments making waves throughout the..." February 13

  • Report: Isaiah Thomas has ‘no love’ for LeBron James, felt he talked down to him

    Larry Brown Sports "Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James both seem quite relieved that they no longer have to call each other teammates, and it sounds like it may be a while before they call or text one another to catch up, too. On Tuesday’s edition of “Undisputed” on FSI, Chris Broussard said he was told by a source..." February 13

  • Lonzo Ball holding autograph session during All-Star Weekend; charging $199

    Clutch Points "Lonzo Ball hasn’t appeared in a game with the Los Angeles Lakers since January 13 but that isn’t stopping him from trying to make some money. The All-Star game is coming to Los Angeles this weekend, and Ball will be hosting an autograph signing. The event is taking place on Saturday from..." February 13

  • Isaiah Thomas Throws Shade At Cavs While Praising Lakers’ Young Talent

    NESN "Isaiah Thomas seems to be thrilled about his new home, but it also sounds like he’s still a little bitter about his departure from his previous destination. Thomas’ Cavaliers tenure seemingly was over before it started, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday after playing just..." February 13

  • Julius Randle is giving the Lakers another tough decision to make

    Los Angeles Times "Julius Randle will never get used to it. That part of NBA life that means one day you'll show up to work and a man who's become your friend, your brother, isn't there anymore. "You don't get used to guys that you build relationships with just up and leaving," Randle said this week. "I don't..." February 12

  • Lonzo Ball inching closer to return, practiced Monday

    Sportsnaut "The long-awaited return of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is right around the corner. The rookie went through most of practice with the Lakers Monday, though he did not participate in the contact portion, and is going to be evaluated Tuesday to see if he’s ready for contact." February 12

  • Lakers Rumors: LaVar says Lonzo Ball will not re-sign if they do not sign LiAngelo, LaMelo

    Clutch Points "Though far away in Lithuania, LaVar Ball’s plan for Big Baller Brand world domination has already started going through the gears. The loud-mouthed father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball said his son would not be willing to re-sign with the team unless the Lakers were willing to take..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Luod Deng simulates games while watching in training room

    Sportsnaut "Luol Deng has only made one regular-season appearance for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18, but the veteran has played dozens of games in his mind. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times revealed Deng heads to a training room and simulates being on the court while games are happening. “WHEN..." February 12

  • Kobe says he would be protesting the anthem if still in NBA

    Sporting News "Before the season, the NBA sent a memo to its teams emphasizing the rule requiring players stand for the national anthem will be enforced. If Kobe Bryant were still in the league, he would take the Colin Kaepernick approach to the rule and protest during "The Star-Spangled Banner." "Yeah, I..." February 12

  • Isaiah Thomas after Lakers debut: ‘I feel like I got my powers back’

    Larry Brown Sports "Isaiah Thomas got his powers back, and he didn’t even have to grab a drink from Michael’s Secret Stuff. Thomas’ debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was a success, and the guard said afterwards that being with his new team was revitalizing. Thomas made a 3-pointer on his first shot with his..." February 11

  • Frye: Cavs weren't built to sacrifice for each other

    The Sports Post "Channing Frye is no longer with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But that’s not stopping him from dishing on his former teammates. Ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, Frye would be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers. Of course, he would be just a small part of the Isaiah Thomas blockbuster. But Frye did..." February 11

  • Thomas 'shocked' at trade, set to fire up Lakers

    ESPN "Shocked that the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him after just 15 games, Isaiah Thomas is ready for a "fresh start" with the Los Angeles Lakers. Thomas and Channing Frye, who were traded to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., will come off the bench in their Lakers debut against the..." February 10

  • Jordan Clarkson will not miss being around LaVar Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "Jordan Clarkson does not sound like he will miss being around the father of former teammate Lonzo Ball. Clarkson was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Larry Nance Jr. in the trade that saw Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye head to the Lakers. The change of scenery for Clarkson and Nance..." February 10

  • Lakers have loads of cap space, no shortage of options

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers were the big winners of Thursday's trade deadline. By trading Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavs' 2018 first-round draft pick, they opened up enough cap space to sign two maximum-salaried free agents..." February 10

  • Report: Isaiah Thomas to come off bench during Lakers debut

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers recent trade deadline acquisition Isaiah Thomas will come off the bench when he makes his team debut ‪Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Thomas had been very vocal about not being willing to come off the bench, as was his agent the..." February 10

  • Lonzo Ball announces future album release on Twitter

    CBS Sports "Lonzo Ball might be more known for the outlandish comments made by his dad and his funky jumpshot, but the Lakers point guard is finding a rather unique way to establish his own identity in the NBA. Music. Yes, Ball is going to be the latest athlete to put out a music album. Ball announced his..." February 10

  • Lakers take home-run swing at trade deadline, open door for LeBron James, Paul George

    Sporting News "It was beginning to look like the Lakers were going to stay quiet. As the trade deadline approached, it seemed that Los Angeles would be content holding on to its young talent and backing off on its original intention of landing two superstars in the offseason. After all, there were reports just..." February 09

  • Report: Andrew Bogut will sign with playoff contender next week

    247 Sports "Andrew Bogut is ready to sign with a new team. With the NBA trade deadline having passed, the buyout market season is in full effect. According to Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, the former NBA champion is talking to four playoff teams and will likely sign next week. Bogut spent..." February 09

  • Lakers fans chant for Paul George during game against Thunder

    Larry Brown Sports "Magic Johnson may get fined for recruiting opposing players, but the same rule does not apply to Los Angeles Lakers fans, and they’re taking advantage of that fact. During the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, Lakers fans could be heard chanting, “We want Paul!”" February 09

  • NBA Rumors: Magic rumored to be eyeing Fizdale as potential new coach

    Clutch Points "Following the blockbuster trade the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off on Thursday, both teams will now have new players coming in to help them this campaign. The Lakers received two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas, veteran big man Channing Frye, and a first-round pick in exchange..." February 09

  • Magic Johnson Shot Down Speculation That Isaiah Thomas Will Start Over Lonzo Ball In Los Angeles

    Uproxx "The Los Angeles Lakers have something of a point guard problem. The team has its entrenched starter in Lonzo Ball, who is universally regarded as the potential face of the franchise, even as he has worked through some issues during his rookie campaign and is currently out with an injury. On..." February 09