6:39 AM EDT, Fri July 21, 2017
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Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers had 45-minute meeting with Ian Clark, Luke Walton involved

Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers had 45-minute meeting with Ian Clark, Luke Walton involved

The Lakers are getting closer to the final moves of their summer. The Los Angeles Lakers met with unrestricted free agent guard Ian Clark for approximately 45 minutes Thursday, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are closing in on finalizing the final roster before wrapping up their offseason. Their priority is finding additional backcourt depth, and Clark is an intriguing player to fill that role. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Clark has spent the past two seasons getting an up-close look at how the Golden State Warriors function. He’s...
6 hours ago
Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Meeting with Derrick Rose ‘went well,’ decision in his hands

Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Meeting with Derrick Rose ‘went well,’ decision in his hands

The Lakers made their official pitch to Rose. The Los Angeles Lakers had a busy Thursday, meeting with free agent guards Derrick Rose and Ian Clark. The front office is in search of a backup point guard to both mentor Lonzo Ball and ease him into the rigors of the NBA night-to-night. The Lakers meeting with Rose “went well,” reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, with the team feeling they “did what they could” in their efforts to sign the former NBA Most Valuable Player. Turner’s source, which left him with a handful of “quotes” regarding how the “meeting” went,...
11 hours ago
NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers have ‘shown interest’ in Ian Clark

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers have ‘shown interest’ in Ian Clark

It sounds like nothing is going to happen right away, however. The Los Angeles Lakers have “shown interest” in free agent Ian Clark, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Turner reports that no deal with the Golden State Warriors guard is “imminent,” however. Clark is 25 years old and only has four years of NBA experience, so he may not fit the profile of the “veteran” guard the Lakers are looking for, but the quality of his experience may be more valuable than a player like Derrick Rose, who technically has more experience in the NBA. The Lakers reportedly met with...
12 hours ago
Lakers Podcast: Trying to make sense of the Derrick Rose free agency rumors

Lakers Podcast: Trying to make sense of the Derrick Rose free agency rumors

It isn’t easy. The Los Angeles Lakers refuse to be boring, no matter the affect it might have on the hearts and souls of their fan base. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka reportedly held a meeting with Derrick Rose Thursday, because of course they did. To start the show, the guys try to put into perspective why the response to Rose tends to contain such vitriol, and why he just doesn’t make any sense given what the Lakers are looking for from their backup point guard. Not only that, there’s a non-zero possibility he actively hurts the team. Once the guys explained why he doesn’t check...
15 hours ago
Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers meeting with Derrick Rose, Cavaliers in the mix

Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers meeting with Derrick Rose, Cavaliers in the mix

Is Rose the veteran mentor for Lonzo the Lakers have been hoping to sign this summer? The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing the finish line of their offseason and plan on meeting with unrestricted free agent Derrick Rose sometime Thursday, reports Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The market for Rose has been cold at best, and reports indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the leading candidate to land the former NBA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. Cleveland can only offer him a minimum contract. The Lakers have been clear that landing a “veteran” mentor to...
18 hours ago
The Lakers actually received great value in their D'Angelo Russell trade

The Lakers actually received great value in their D'Angelo Russell trade

How does the stunning trade of D’Angelo Russell look with the benefit of a little hindsight? It’s been exactly one month since the Lakers completed their most shocking transaction of the offseason, sending D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov’s contract to the Brooklyn Nets. At the time of the deal, there wasn’t much love for the front office for dumping a promising third-year player. However, with a few weeks of hindsight, and most of the 2017 offseason behind us, it’s fair to reconsider if the Los Angeles brass actually made a good trade. The point of this isn’t to suggest...
Jul 20, 2017
This incredible highlight video shows Lonzo Ball is already the Lakers’ best passer since Magic Johnson

This incredible highlight video shows Lonzo Ball is already the Lakers’ best passer since Magic Johnson

The rookie is already one of the most gifted facilitators in the league. Anyone even tangentially aware of Lonzo Ball heading into the 2017 NBA Draft already knew he was an incredible prospect, but the hype surrounding Ball throughout that process and after the Los Angeles Lakers selected him seemed out of control at times. Could he really be “the face of the franchise” and be the “transcendent” player the front office was predicting him to be? The jury is still out on Ball as an overall prospect, but one thing he can already do at an All-NBA level is pass the ball. Ball does this...
Jul 20, 2017
Vander Blue’s Las Vegas Summer League play gives him a prayer of getting an NBA contract

Vander Blue’s Las Vegas Summer League play gives him a prayer of getting an NBA contract

The minor-league stalwart is ready to make the jump to the majors. LAS VEGAS — Every Las Vegas Summer League, most of the attention is (rightfully) on the current crop of lottery prospects competing in the desert. To the vast majority of NBA aficionados, the rest of the players fighting for their careers might as well be traffic cones for players like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to weave around as they get Los Angeles Lakers fans hyped for the season. Amidst the NBA’s highest-rated summer league games ever, those tuning in for Ball or Ingram may have noticed a vaguely familiar figure....
Jul 19, 2017
NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers wanted to acquire Dwyane Wade as part of plan to sign LeBron James

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers wanted to acquire Dwyane Wade as part of plan to sign LeBron James

The Lakers are hoping to pivot their way closer to LeBron James one decision at a time. The Los Angeles Lakers are almost set for the 2017-2018 season, hoping to sign one or two more free agents on low-end contracts to round out their roster. Everything is lined up for the summer of 2018 to be the Lakers’ big offseason push, with cap space to spare and their eyes set on landing LeBron James. The Lakers have had LeBron in their sights since the moment Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka settled into their roles as leaders of the franchise, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. That’s one...
Jul 19, 2017
Lakers have highest-rated game in Las Vegas Summer League history, six of top seven ratings this year

Lakers have highest-rated game in Las Vegas Summer League history, six of top seven ratings this year

That Ball boy has brought viewers in droves. There was a ton of excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers as they entered Las Vegas Summer League, and the viewership of their run to their first ever summer league title reflected that reality. Not only was the Lakers July 8 matchup against the Boston Celtics the first sellout in the history of the event, it also boasted the biggest T.V. audience ever for summer league game ever, according to ESPN. The network announced that 1,106,000 people tuned in to watch the Lakers’ final loss of the tournamenet before the team won six straight...
Jul 19, 2017
Kyle Kuzma’s amazing Las Vegas Summer League performance got a shoutout from Kevin Durant

Kyle Kuzma’s amazing Las Vegas Summer League performance got a shoutout from Kevin Durant

#KD2LA confirmed. Kyle Kuzma burst onto Los Angeles Lakers fans’ radars with a superlative showing in Las Vegas Summer League. The No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft averaged 21.9 points per game while shooting 48 percent from 3-point range and snatching 6.4 rebounds per game to help lead the Lakers to their first ever summer league championship. Kuzma was rewarded for his efforts by making the All-NBA Summer League second team and winning the finals MVP award, and it would appear the rest of the NBA community is beginning to take notice of the confident rookie. However, each time he was...
Jul 19, 2017
Lakers Mailbag: Final Las Vegas Summer League thoughts, playoff chances for the Lakers

Lakers Mailbag: Final Las Vegas Summer League thoughts, playoff chances for the Lakers

Summer league is over so it’s time to wrap things up, plus whether there’s hope for the postseason. The Los Angeles Lakers marched into Las Vegas with a mission and came out victorious as summer league champions. Lonzo Ball dished and dazzled his way into being named the most valuable player, Kyle Kuzma led the team in the title game and the Lakers are feeling great after a successful trip to Sin City. The purple and gold are inching closer to shutting things down for the summer, with only a few free agency signings Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are looking for to help round out the...
Jul 19, 2017
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka paint a Lakers future that's shining brighter than ever

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka paint a Lakers future that's shining brighter than ever

The Lakers are back in Los Angeles but brought the kinetic energy of Las Vegas with them. The Los Angeles Lakers are all-in on the vision of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, and thus far everything’s going according to plan. They have their hand-picked young protege in Lonzo Ball, free agency has gone without a hiccup and the purple and gold are already feeling the effects of the culture overhaul taking place. The Lakers have been clear about wanting to improve the mentality of the franchise from top to bottom, across every facet of every branch of the team. Building a better culture is...
Jul 18, 2017
Lakers News: Magic Johnson says he doesn’t regret trading D’Angelo Russell

Lakers News: Magic Johnson says he doesn’t regret trading D’Angelo Russell

The new executive stands by his decision to move on from the promising young guard. Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson’s decision to trade D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets is going to be debated for a long time. On one hand, the Lakers were able to generate tons of cap space for the 2018 offseason by shedding Timofey Mozgov’s gargantuan contract, but on the other hand they gave up on one of their most potential-laden young players. It will be impossible to decide whether or not the trade was the right move until seeing how Russell plays and who...
Jul 18, 2017
Lakers Podcast: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a summer league title make this the best Lakers offseason in a long time

Lakers Podcast: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a summer league title make this the best Lakers offseason in a long time

Los Angeles is excited, and with good reason. Los Angeles Lakers fans are abuzz with hope unseen amongst the fanbase in years, and the last 24 hours showed why. The team capped a Las Vegas Summer League title run with a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night, and quickly followed that up by introducing their big offseason signing, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tuesday. Hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin broke down why these signs of potential feel so much more promising than prior summers and what they think of the Caldwell-Pope signing — and the enthusiasm it elicited from...