Sources: Lakers hustling to create max salary slot

The Lakers were engaging additional teams on Tuesday to take on the contracts of three players on the roster, trying to create a max salary slot, league sources told ESPN.
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Lowe: Where the Anthony Davis trade leaves the Lakers and Pelicans

Finally the Lakers have a deal to acquire Davis. Are they paying too much?
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Sources: Lakers reach deal for Pelicans’ Davis

The Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in Thursday’s draft — league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Inside the Lakers’ culture of fear, distrust and anxiety

A public resignation. A coach firing. A botched coaching search. And that’s just the past 45 days for the NBA’s marquee franchise.
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All the challenges facing Frank Vogel, LeBron and the Lakers

There are big names, a big job and a legacy franchise involved in this coaching hire. What happens now?
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Luke Walton couldn’t outcoach the Lakers’ dysfunction

Walton seemed to be on the clock as soon as the Lakers signed LeBron James, and a season of unrealistic expectations and injuries reached fevered levels in the days before his firing.
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Sources: Lakers coach search eyes Lue, Williams

Luke Walton is out as head coach of the Lakers, the team announced Friday. Ty Lue and Monty Williams are seen as the central candidates to replace him, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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NBA rumors: Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball over De’Aaron Fox was tension point

NBA rumors: Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball over De'Aaron Fox was tension point originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Put plain and simple, the Los Angeles Lakers are an utter disaster. After drastically underperforming in Year 1 of the LeBron James era, the Lakers are looking toward an uncertain summer where they hope to be able to woo either Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson to ride shotgun alongside James. Their future got even murkier Tuesday when president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly announced he was stepping down at an impromptu press conference prior to the Lakers' season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Magic abruptly steps down as Lakers president

Magic Johnson is stepping down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, saying Tuesday, “I want to go back to having fun. … I was happier when I wasn’t the president.”
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Lakers officially miss playoffs for 6th year in row

Friday night’s loss to the Nets officially eliminated the Lakers from postseason contention for the sixth straight year.
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Lakers seek answers to loss to NBA-worst Suns

In a game they considered a must-win, the Lakers hit a new low Saturday night by falling 118-109 to the 13-51 Suns, the league’s worst team.
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No more room for Anthony Davis what-ifs on Lakers’ path to playoffs

With the awkwardness of Anthony Davis’s visit behind them, the Lakers can now focus on moving past the failed trade negotiations and making the postseason.
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Where Lakers and Celtics can look for inspiration

As the Lakers and Celtics continue to struggle, another team has faced adversity and persevered.
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LBJ: Lakers ‘wrong franchise’ if you’re distracted

Asked if the pressure of the Lakers’ playoff push was becoming a distraction to his team, LeBron James replied, “At this point if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of.”
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The Lakers’ best Anthony Davis trade chips might not be Lakers yet

If the Lakers want to stay in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes this summer, they might need to get creative.
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Rondo gives shaken Lakers lesson in composure

As the trade deadline dust settled without Anthony Davis, the Lakers got back to business and put together perhaps their most impressive team win of the season.

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Are Pelicans deliberately sabotaging Lakers?

New Orleans reportedly stopped all communication with L.A. over a potential Anthony Davis deal.

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Sources: Lakers face Pels’ wish to wait on Davis

The Pelicans are engaging with the Lakers in talks on a trade for Anthony Davis, but president Magic Johnson must overcome significant support within the Pelicans organization to let Thursday’s deadline expire with Davis remaining on the roster.
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Sources: Walton, Lakers vets get heated after loss

Lakers coach Luke Walton called out several players for their selfish approach Saturday, leading to a heated exchange with some veterans, sources told ESPN.
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Sources: Lakers offered Ball, Kuzma, more for AD

The Pelicans have been underwhelmed by the Lakers’ initial offers for Anthony Davis, including their first offer of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, sources told ESPN.
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Lakers struggle to keep playoff pace, feel the pressure

The Lakers had a glimpse of what they could be on Christmas Day, but now they wait for health, LeBron James’ return and the trade deadline.
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No one ever said it was going to be easy, but it’s the Lakers

Luke Walton is fighting to keep the Lakers afloat while LeBron James recovers. So what are the expectations of a team building toward contention?
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LeBron: My recruiting is vital to Lakers’ success

LeBron James says his recruiting efforts are as important to the Lakers as his play. “I think being in L.A., I don’t think it would be that hard to get guys here,” he said. “But we got to win.”
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NBA Power Rankings: Why L.A.’s top story isn’t LeBron’s Lakers

King James has the Lakers dominating everyone not named Orlando, but it’s the other team in L.A. that is making the real moves out west.
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Lakers cook up more than ‘instant oatmeal’ in win

Los Angeles has come a long way since its opening night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Sources: Bought-out Chandler plans to join Lakers

The Lakers hope that the bought-out Tyson Chandler can give them some much-needed size and rim protection in limited minutes, as well as veteran leadership.
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In back-to-back wins, Lakers learn about LeBron

After knocking off previously undefeated Denver, Los Angeles is starting to find out what it means to play alongside LeBron James. Not everyone can handle the pressure.

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LeBron, Lakers fly high during comeback, fall apart in final minute

The Spurs and Lakers entertained for 53 minutes, but it was Patty Mills – not LeBron James – who played the role of hero in the final seconds.
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‘Deep’ issues for Lakers after LeBron’s debut

LeBron James came out strong with a pair of thunderous dunks, but L.A. missed 23 of 30 threes and seemed to lack rhythm in a loss at Portland.

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LeBron and the Lakers’ debut: Predictions and expert analysis

We’ve got you covered before, during and after the Lakers’ opener in Portland.
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Can LeBron attract a superstar free agent to the Lakers?

Kevin Love weighs in on playing with LeBron James. Also, where are Jimmy Butler trade talks going? And is the shortened preseason still too long?
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NBA Power Rankings: Where new-look Lakers, healthy Celtics check in

With training camp in full swing, and with plenty of new faces in new places, who are the league’s best and worst teams?
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Sources: Lakers benefit from Deng $7.5M buyout

Luol Deng agreed to a significant give-back of $ 7.5 million in his contract buyout with the Lakers, clearing $ 38 million in salary cap space for 2019 free agency, league sources told ESPN.
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Lakers News: LeBron James Reacts To Kevin Love Signing 4-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension With Cavs

When LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-15 NBA season, he joined formed big three with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Despite winning the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017, and James recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although there were reports of the Cavaliers potentially trading Love after James’ decision, they surprisingly signed him to a four-year, $ 120 million contract extension heading into the 2018-19 NBA season. After the official announcement, James congratulated his former teammate on Twitter: During their four seasons together in Cleveland, Love was often the scapegoat when the team

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Beasley defends new Lakers, shuns ‘narrative’

Michael Beasley said he doesn’t like the idea of people judging the Lakers’ additions on their personas or reputations. “I don’t want to be a part of that,” he said.
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Magic: Lakers’ 3-year rebuild plan at new level

President of basketball operations Magic Johnson says the Lakers will lean on LeBron James when contemplating which players to add to the team.
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Which Lakers prospects could help LeBron the most?

The Lakers’ summer league squad is finding success in Vegas. Will the prospects’ play translate to the regular season?
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There is a war brewing between Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

With each leak, the foundation of Lonzo Ball and the Lakers’ relationship seems to weaken. It is no secret that Ball and his ever-volatile father, LaVar, were determined to have him get drafted by the Lakers and build their legacy there. Ball had a respectable rookie season for the Lakers when healthy, but with LeBron James in Los Angeles and in need of another star, Ball’s future there is as precarious as ever. The Lakers have been in talks with the Spurs for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs seem more enamored with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and future draft picks than they do Ball. Any chance of Ball being included in that trade, however, seemed to end when it was reported

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LeBron was a great get. But why did the Lakers sign Stephenson, McGee and Rondo?

The unexpected signings that went down after the LeBron deal are part of Magic Johnson’s plan to support his new superstar and his changing game.
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The Lakers baffled the NBA world with 4 moves immediately after landing LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers made one of the biggest moves in NBA history on Sunday by landing LeBron James in free agency. And then they proceeded to baffle the NBA world with some head-scratching moves over the next 24 hours. After signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $ 12 million deal (a sensible move), the Lakers continued by signing Lance Stephenson, one of James' biggest rivals, to a one-year, $ 4.5 million contract. They then added center JaVale McGee to a one-year, minimum deal. On Monday, the Lakers renounced their rights to free agent big man Julius Randle, a young, talented player with big potential, to sign 32-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $ 9 million deal. The

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Julius Rande ‘made it clear’ he doesn’t want to return to Lakers

Julius Randle went in one season from a cap casualty to legitimately valuable role player. It seems that wasn’t to convince the Lakers to make him feel wanted, though, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. This would be quite the disappointing development in an offseason that’s already seen the Los Angeles Lakers miss out on Paul George. Here’s what Aldridge had to say about what he’s heard regarding talks between Randle and the Lakers: “Julius Randle has made it clear that I don’t think he really wants to be back there, so are you putting money into a guy that doesn’t really want to be back there.” If Randle were to leave, he would be the second client of Aaron Mintz (after Paul George) to

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Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher.
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Sources: Lakers ask Ball, Kuzma to tone it down

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma have agreed to tone down their joking insults of each other on social media after the Lakers spoke to the players, sources tell ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk.
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How the Lakers can land LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George

What’s the key to creating a new superteam in L.A.? Kevin Pelton explains how the team and superstars might get it done.
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IT: Lakers trade result of Cavs in ‘panic mode’

Traded to Los Angeles after only 15 games in Cleveland, Isaiah Thomas told E:60 that the Cavaliers showed desperation in sending him away.
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LaVar vs. the Lakers — but where does Lonzo end up?

Last year, the Lakers went all-in on Lonzo Ball — and all that came with him, including his outspoken father, LaVar. Now, with Lonzo sidelined and LaVar across the globe, the Lakers are finding their way on the court, with or without them.
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Thomas: ‘I got my powers back’ in Lakers debut

Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t want to mess anything up for the Lakers, but the newly acquired guard showed flashes of his old form, even though the team had its four-game win streak snapped against the Mavericks on Saturday.
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Trade deadline winners and losers: Lakers, Warriors, Isaiah and more

The Cavs’ moves might help, but did they do enough to challenge the Warriors? Kevin Pelton highlights seven winners and losers at the trade deadline.
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Sources: Lakers shifting free-agent focus to ’19

The Lakers aren’t abandoning a 2018 summer pursuit of free-agent stars, but rather recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler, sources told Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Why Lonzo Ball won’t be the star the Lakers need

The Lakers drafted Ball to be the star of their post-Kobe era. There’s just one (possibly insurmountable) problem: Dude can’t score.
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Lakers’ Lopez out with ankle sprain vs. Warriors

The Lakers lost center Brook Lopez against the Warriors on Monday night with a sprained ankle.
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While the Lakers pine for LeBron, his next home remains a mystery

LeBron James welcomes the Lakers to Cleveland on Thursday night. Is he taking the court against his future teammates, or will “LeBron to L.A.” remain the stuff of Hollywood fiction?
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Sources: Lakers asked LaVar to tone it down

LaVar Ball confirmed that he met with the Lakers’ front office recently to discuss his criticisms of head coach Luke Walton, saying of the meeting, “It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem.”
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Steph, KD lead way in OT as Warriors fend off Lonzo, Lakers

The first meeting between Curry and Ball was a thriller, but the reigning champs eventually rose to the top, with Kevin Durant scoring 29.
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Pelton mail: Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma already a shooting star?

Pelton mail: Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma already a shooting star?
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Tampering FAQ: How will NBA respond to Pacers’ charges against Lakers?

Tampering FAQ: How will NBA respond to Pacers’ charges against Lakers?
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Pelinka: Lakers similar to Taylor Swift

In Rob Pelinka’s short tenure as general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, he has shown a proclivity for some interesting comparisons.



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Mother of L.A. Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball Makes First Public Appearance Since Suffering Stroke

Lonzo Ball‘s mother, Tina Ball, made her first public appearance on Thursday after she suffered a stroke in late February.

Accompanied by her outspoken husband and Big Baller Brand creator LaVar Ball, the mother of three was spotted at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, California where she watched their youngest son, LaMelo, play in a Big Ballers AAU game.

LaVar walked alongside his wife, who was supported with a quad cane and proudly wore the family’s BBB shirt in blue and gold, the colors of her NBA son’s alma mater, UCLA.

That same night, Lonzo, a standout rookie on the Los Angeles Lakers, was in Las Vegas where he had his second triple-double of the NBA Summer League.

In May, Lonzo, who learned of his mother’s stroke via a text message from a relative, spoke to ESPN The Magazine about his mother’s health condition and how she spent two and a half months in the hospital recovering.

“She can’t really talk right now. But she definitely knows what we’re saying, and she smiles all the time. So that’s a good thing,” he described.

“She’s the one. Just so smooth. She’s not like other girls. She’s tough, smart, pretty,” LaVar said of Tina, who met at Cal State Los Angeles, where they both played basketball. “I told my wife, ‘I been with you so long, you can have one eye drooped and your mouth over here like this and you’re still beautiful to me. I look at you the same way. That ain’t gonna never change.’”


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Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel Are #CoupleGoals At Grizzlies vs. Lakers Game

The couple that goofs off together, stays together. (At least if that couple is the Timberlakes.)

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted at the Staples Center watching the singer’s hometown team, the Memphis Grizzlies, take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. And, to distract her husband from the Grizzlies’ eventual loss, it appears Biel decided to dance the blues away.

She’s clearly got that feeling in her body

Although he kept the dancing to a minimum, Timberlake got the chance to show off his basketball skills on the court. He made not one but two half-court shots, seemingly impressing his wife and their friends. 

Still got that range… Grizz took the L. All good though… bounce back!!!

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Timberlake and Biel, who recently celebrated the holidays with their almost-2-year-old son Silas, have been married since 2012 ― and it appears having fun together is the secret to a successful relationship. Who knew?!

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Julius Randle’s triple-double on Tuesday helped improve the Lakers to 7-5 and further talk of a possible playoff push.



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Love, LeBron help Cavs rebound vs. Lakers

Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James flirted with a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly got back to winning with a 120-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
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Lakers’ Scott: NCAA more physical than NBA

Lakers coach Byron Scott, after expressing befuddlement at a flagrant foul called on one of his players in a win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, said college basketball is more aggressive and “much more physical” than the NBA.
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Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Pack On The PDA At Lakers Game

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s love for each other was on full display at a basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday. The close game between the LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns was an exciting one to watch, but it seems that Somerhalder only had eyes for Reed.

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The “Vampire Diaries” star also showed his affection for his girlfriend on a snowboarding trip in Sun Valley, Idaho on Friday. In the caption of a sweet Instagram photo of the couple, Somerhalder called the “Twilight” star “incredible” before wishing his 3.9 million followers a happy holiday:

Romance rumors about the pair first started in July, but Somerhalder confirmed their relationship in September when he slammed his Instagram followers for their negative comments about Reed. Perhaps the fans were upset to see Somerhalder move on from his “Vampire Diaries” co-star Nina Dobrev. Despite all the drama, it’s clear that Somerhalder and Reed are still smitten.
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Kobe keeps faith that Lakers’ brass has plan

Kobe Bryant, having watched Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo not join him in Los Angeles, still firmly believes in the Lakers’ hierarchy to come up with a plan to turn it around.
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