Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lakers Make a Trade With Pacers To Acquire Roy Hibbert

The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly acquire center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers, absorbing his contract into their cap space. Hibbert spent his first seven years of his career with the Pacers.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Report: LaMarcus Aldridge ‘leaning toward’ signing with Lakers

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to leave Portland to pursue other opportunities as an unrestricted free agent this summer, with the Spurs being near the top of his list.

The Lakers are there, too, and a recent report suggests that L.A. may in fact be the frontrunner to retain Aldridge’s services.

Report: Kobe Bryant called DeAndre Jordan to recruit him to Lakers

DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in being courted during free agency, and is expected to meet with the Lakers, Mavericks and Bucks in addition to considering a max offer to remain with the Clippers.

A rift reportedly exists between Jordan and Chris Paul, and that would undoubtedly need to be addressed before Jordan re-upped on a long-term deal to re-sign.

But another team’s superstar has no such issues with Jordan, and has reached out to him to begin the free agent recruitment process.

Mitch Did It Again? Robert Upshaw Could Be The Steal of Lakers 2015 "Draft"

Lakers Rookie Introductory Press Conference | D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Brown, Larry Nance Jr

Kobe Bryant Responds to Larry Nance Jr 's Inappropriate Tweet (VIDEO)

Report: Jimmy Butler wants to sign one-year deal with Lakers...but that's not possible

There are two simple facts to consider with this story:

1) Jimmy Butler is a restricted free agent, and the Bulls can match any offer he signs with another team and retain him.

2) The Chicago Bulls are very, very high on Butler and want to keep him.

With that background, we pass the report that what Butler wants to do is play for the Lakers. Via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lakers Second Round Draft Pick | Anthony Brown Highlights and Scouting Video

Lakers First Round Draft Pick | Larry Nance Jr. Highlights

Lakers First Round Draft Pick | D'Angelo Russell Highlights and Scouting Video

Report: Lakers now leaning towards drafting D’Angelo Russell with No. 2 pick

With Karl-Anthony Towns a virtual lock to go first to the Timberwolves in tonight’s draft, the real drama starts with the question of what the Lakers will do with the No. 2 pick. The conventional wisdom has been that Duke big man Jahlil Okafor is the choice. But Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, who’s as plugged into the Lakers as anyone, is now reporting that Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is looking like the choice:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Report: Lakers, Kings discuss framework of trade for DeMarcus Cousins

Has Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé been won over — or bullied into submission — by coach George Karl?

Ranadivé had been opposed to trading DeMarcus Cousins, but he’s let GM Vlade Divac talk to teams about it and he and the Lakers have the framework of a deal — a very pricey one for the Lakers. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Monday, June 22, 2015

D’Angelo Russell Makes His Case For Being a Laker

What does it take to get an agent to see marketing dollars floating around his head? Have a client near the top of the NBA Draft board, and have the nation’s two biggest markets — Los Angeles and New York — each with top four picks. That’s the Lakers and Knicks, two teams each with a massive, passionate fan base. From there it’s easy to see endorsement potential.

DeAngelo Russell seems poised to fall between the two big cities — the Lakers at No. 2 are expected to take Jahlil Okafor of Duke (Karl-Anthony Towns will go No. 1 to Minnesota). The Sixers are rumored to be leaning toward taking Russell at No. 3, right before the Knicks pick at No. 4 — and the Knicks like Russell. They’ll take him if he’s there, it’s just likely he’s not.

On Monday, Russell made his case to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports why the Lakers should take him at No. 2.

Report: Lakers trying to trade for DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento decision maker Vlade Divac has made it clear: He doesn’t want to trade DeMarcus Cousins unless "you’re offering Michael Jordan".

Yet, in the wake of Cousins’ frustrations with the constantly shifting plans of the Kings ownership, plus coach George Karl saying he never had an untradable player, the offers keep coming. Even though they are all long-shots. At best.

The latest long shot is from the Los Angeles Lakers, in a possible three-way deal with Orlando, as reported by Marc Stein at ESPN.