Friday, May 22, 2015

Report: Lakers not locked into drafting Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor, could pick a guard at No. 2

Conventional wisdom says the Timberwolves will draft Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor No. 1, and the Lakers will select whichever of the two big men falls to No. 2.

But what about the two other prospects in the consensus top four, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers’ reported interest in Tom Thibodeau is false

On Wednesday, a report surfaced that the Lakers were planning to make a run at Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who by all accounts is not long for Chicago. It seemed like the report originated from either the Bulls or from Thibodeau’s camp, trying to either drum up interest around the league or create a bidding war. Now, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has gone on record saying that, from his end, it’s just a rumor.

Kupchak went on Fox Sports Radio with host Bill Reiter (audio here) and addressed the rumors:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Report: Lakers Will Pursue Tom Thibodeau for Head Coach

Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau.

The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Report: Flip Saunders ‘really likes’ Jahlil Okafor, may not take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1

Most teams would reportedly take Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick.

But most teams don’t have the No. 1 pick.

The Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick.

Whom will Minnesota president Flip Saunders select, Towns or Jahlil Okafor?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Report: Lakers plan to offer Jimmy Butler max contract

Shams Charania of RealGM is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers are one of several teams preparing "possible maximum-salary offer sheets" for Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lakers 2007 first-round draft pick Javaris Crittenton sentenced to 23 years for murder

When you think about Javaris Crittenton’s NBA career — more accurately, if you think about it — you likely remember him as the other key figure in the Gilbert Arenas guns in the locker room incident.

But he’s been in a lot worse trouble since falling out of the NBA. Crittenton had been charged as the trigger man in the 2011 drive-by shooting of Julian Jones outside her Atlanta home, killing the mother of four. Crittenton fired at her mistakenly thinking she was part of a previous robbery, according to the police report.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Report: If Kevin Love leaves Cavaliers, Lakers are team to beat in free agency

Kevin Love‘s fit with the Cavaliers has been far from perfect.

Terrible? No. But on and off the court, there have been several examples of a player and team uncomfortable with each other.

Love has a player option for next season he should decline, whether or not he wants to stay in Cleveland. If he opts out, that would give other teams an opportunity to pitch him.

The Lakers have been rumored as a contender for months, and the Celtics are reportedly interested.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Report: Rajon Rondo planned to sign with Lakers before trade, will leave Mavericks if Rick Carlisle remains coach

Before the Celtics traded him to the Mavericks, it seemed Rajon Rondo had one foot out the door.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were swarming, but once Boston – who feared Rondo leaving as an unrestricted free agent – traded Rondo to Dallas, he said the Mavericks were in the driver’s seat to sign him.

Still, Kobe didn’t relent. The Lakers reportedly remained interested as of a few weeks ago.
At this point, with Rondo’s situation in Dallas devolving by the day, it’s worth looking back to Rondo’s approach in Boston.