Lakers Rumors & News

  • Phil Jackson gets dumped again as Jeanie Buss ends any possibility of a Lakers return with Magic Johnson hiring

    New York Daily News "First, Phil Jackson lost the girl and then the job. The decision by Jeanie Buss on Tuesday to detonate the Lakers front office and install Magic Johnson as the President of Basketball Operations should end years of speculation that Jackson would one day return to Los Angeles as the celebrity..." February 22

  • Reports: Agent Rob Pelinka set to become Lakers new general manager, finalizing deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "Golden State broke the mold and hired an agent as a general manager in Bob Myers a few years back. Safe to say that has worked out fairly well for them. Now the Lakers will try to replicate that experiment — they are on the verge of hiring Kobe’s former agent Rob Pelinka as their new general..." February 22

  • Lakers trade Lou Williams to Rockets for Corey Brewer, draft pick

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Lakers have traded guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has not yet been announced. Williams, a 12-year..." February 22

  • Report: Jeanie Buss Was Allegedly Upset Jim & Kupchak Wouldn’t Trade Ingram For DeMarcus Cousins, So She Fired Them

    Total Pro Sports "Los Angeles Lakers part owner and President Jeanie Buss is not to be messed with. On Tuesday, Jeanie was sick and tired of the Los Angeles Lakers not being able to get stars to turn this franchise around that she went ahead and fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother Jim Buss from their..." February 21

  • No one on Lakers roster safe if Magic Johnson wants player?

    Larry Brown Sports "New Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson may be ruthless in his efforts to secure big-name talent for the team. According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi on Tuesday, though Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were attached to the team’s young core, nobody on the Lakers roster will..." February 21

  • Allen Iverson Wants Kobe Bryant to Join 3-on-3 League

    SLAM Online "He knows it’s a very long shot, but Allen Iverson would love it if Kobe Bryant joined him in an Ice Cube-led 3-on-3 league. Iverson was accosted by TMZ in New Orleans during All-Star Weekend, and said he’ll be doing a lot more coaching than playing in the new venture. " February 21

  • Where will Lou Williams end up at trade deadline?

    ESPN "As Thursday's trade deadline inches closer, it's becoming more apparent that Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams is on the market and is being courted by multiple playoff teams. Who are those teams? According to ESPN's Zach Lowe and Ian Begley, it's the Washington Wizards and Utah..." February 21

  • Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

    CSN Bay Area "On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office. Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired. Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally..." February 21

  • Kobe Bryant’s long-time agent could be Lakers next GM

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are sure making waves around the NBA world in the lead up to the trade deadline. The team announced that it has named Magic Johnson president of basketball operations while firing general manager Mitch Kupchak and removing Jim Buss from his role as vice president (more on..." February 21

  • Lakers name Magic president of basketball operations, fire GM and Jim Buss

    NBA.com "Los Angeles Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss announced today that the team has named Earvin "Magic" Johnson as President of Basketball Operations. In addition, General Manager Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Furthermore, Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as..." February 21

  • Utah Jazz have interest in Lakers’ Lou Williams; Suns eyeing Derrick Favors

    Salt Lake Tribune "The NBA's trade deadline is two days away, and the Jazz have been aggressive on the open market, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. The Jazz have reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers with an interest in acquiring shooting guard Lou Williams, league sources tell The Tribune. Williams, 30, is..." February 21

  • Lakers' Lou Williams generates interest from several teams

    CBS Sports "The available players on the trade market are not top tier, a consequence because free agency allows so many upgrades every year under the current CBA. But one player who has generated a fair amount of interest is Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams. A former Sixth Man of the Year, Williams..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Carmelo prefers trade to Clippers or Lakers

    New York Post "Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he was here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s trade..." February 21

  • Lakers refused to include Ingram in Cousins talks with Kings

    NESN "If you haven’t heard by now, the Sacramento Kings traded All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The Kings received Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick, but it appears their initial aim was much..." February 21

  • Wizards reportedly interested in Lou Williams, Bogdanovic

    Sporting News "The in-form Wizards could have their eyes on the market this trade season. They've been the hottest team in the East since Christmas, and may be looking to add to their success by adding a veteran swingman to the mix. The Wizards reportedly have their eye on Los Angeles Lakers sixth man,..." February 20

  • Nick Young throws shade at former Lakers head coach Byron Scott

    Orange County Register "In his own unique way, Lakers veteran Nick Young reflected on his resurgent season while blending in some commentary on the turmoil of the past few years. When the NBA hosts its 3-point shooting contest as part of All-Star Weekend on Saturday at Smoothie King Center, Young will become the..." February 19

  • Kobe Bryant appears to be ready to work out with Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Ingram is about to enter the largest spotlight of his career as a headliner for the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge showcase Friday in New Orleans. There's no Ben Simmons to lead the current draft class. No one from the entire top five, actually, besides Ingram. Ingram has..." February 17

  • Suns get all-time win vs. Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns have not had many runaway wins this season, but they ran all over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Eric Bledsoe had his third career triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Phoenix Suns rolled to their biggest win of the season, a..." February 16

  • Magic Johnson says he turned down opportunity to own the Warriors

    Sportsnaut "With Magic Johnson working for the Los Angeles Lakers, all seems right with the world. But it nearly didn’t happen. In fact, Magic was given the chance to work in the front office of at least three other teams. Included that group is the Golden State Warriors. According to Magic, Joe Lacob and..." February 16

  • Colin Cowherd explains why the Lakers are making a mistake with Magic Johnson

    Fox Sports "Magic Johnson isn’t shy about his desire to take over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers — and he wants Kobe Bryant to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately for the purple and gold, there are a number of problems with Magic’s hiring and his current media tour. During Wednesday’s..." February 16

  • Cousins pours in 40 points as Kings edge Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With the Los Angeles Lakers rarely double-teaming him, DeMarcus Cousins had a message for his Sacramento Kings teammates. "Feed me," Cousins said. Cousins scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out eight assists, leading the Kings to a 97-96 victory over the..." February 15

  • Magic Johnson says he wants the Lakers job Jim Buss currently holds

    CBS Sports "It has only been a few weeks since the Los Angeles Lakers hired franchise legend Magic Johnson to be the basketball and business adviser to owner Jeanie Buss, and already he has aspirations for a larger role. Sticking to his desire to “call the shots” on the Lakers, Johnson appeared on ESPN’s..." February 15

  • Lakers Shopping Lou Williams

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers are shopping Lou Williams and it’s likely they move him before the trade deadline, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reports. Kennedy speculates that Cleveland could be a fit for the veteran. The Cavs have an open roster spot after trading Chris Andersen to the Hornets. Williams, who will..." February 15

  • Magic Johnson on fixing Lakers: Want Kobe Bryant to 'be a part of it'

    ESPN "Magic Johnson, who was hired earlier this month as an adviser to Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss as she evaluates the direction of the franchise, said Tuesday that he would try to get Kobe Bryant to join him in the front office if Johnson's role evolves further. "First..." February 14

  • Why Magic Johnson Doesn’t Believe The Lakers Will Be Good For a While

    Black Sports Online "The Lakers are 19-37 despite hiring Luke Walton and acquiring some veteran free agents this season, so VP Jim Buss has brought in Magic Johnson to help as a special advisor. Magic recognizes that fixing the Lakers will be a tall order and shared the following with CBS This Morning on what it will..." February 14

  • Magic: Jim Buss is the one calling the shots

    ESPN "Magic Johnson will meet with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and co-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss on Monday to discuss the construction of the current team and the team's strategy heading into the Feb. 23 trade deadline. "Everybody has to..." February 14

  • Chris Childs Remembers Epic Fight With Kobe Bryant: 'I Didn't Want to Knock Him Out'

    Complex "It’s been almost 17 years now since Chris Childs and Kobe Bryant got into a fight in the middle of a Knicks/Lakers game in April 2000, and people still talk about it like it happened yesterday. We did an entire frame-by-frame breakdown of the fight to celebrate the 15th anniversary of it, and..." February 14

  • Lakers hold meeting with Larry Sanders

    Lakers Nation "As the Los Angeles Lakers head towards the All-Star Break, the team is in a bit of flux. Head coach Luke Walton recently turned to a youth movement for the team, starting four young players with three seasons or less of NBA experience. Even though they aren’t a playoff team this year, the team..." February 14

  • Magic Johnson: Knicks among four other franchises who wanted me to run their team

    CBS Sports "Recently hired by the Los Angeles Lakers as a basketball and business adviser to team owner and president Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson is looking forward to stepping in and "calling the shots" in the very near future. But according to Johnson, the Lakers weren't the only team that was trying to hire..." February 13

  • Nick Young Takes $700,000 Loss ... After Blowing Off Lawsuit

    TMZ "Nick Young has been ordered to pay his ex-manager more than $700,000 after doing the exact WRONG THING one should do when being sued. Long story short ... the NBA star was sued by Andre Chevalier who claims Nick failed to pay him his 2% commission for his role in securing his fat NBA salary and..." February 12

  • Young sends sharp-shooting Lakers past Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- On the final night of a five-game road swing, the Los Angeles Lakers played their best basketball of the season for three full quarters. The fourth, though, wasn't quite so sharp, but the Lakers managed to withstand a furious comeback attempt down the stretch and hold off the..." February 10

  • Magic wants to 'call the shots' with Lakers

    ESPN "Magic Johnson already has a goal in mind more than a week after being named an adviser to Los Angeles Lakers co-owner and president Jeanie Buss. "Working to call the shots, because it only works that way," Johnson told USA Today Sports when asked what he hopes his role will be. "Right now I'm..." February 10

  • NBA agent: Mitch Kupchak only GM who won’t tamper with free agents before July 1

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers have dreamed big in free agency the last few years, but they’ve struck out on the biggest stars. Then, after missing out on players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers have settled for scraps with the next tier of free agents already committed elsewhere. What are the..." February 09

  • As Magic Johnson joins the Lakers, what changes for the franchise?

    ESPN "The call came in from a number Magic Johnson didn't recognize, so he sent it to voicemail. He'd been in meetings all morning with his new, old team. In the first few hours since the team announced Magic had been hired as a special advisor to Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss, he'd met with her, the..." February 09

  • NBA, Take-Two to Create Professional Videogame League

    Fox Sports "Think you’re one of the best NBA 2K players on the planet? Now, you’ll be able to prove it — and maybe even make a living doing it. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional..." February 09

  • Drummond powers Pistons past Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Andre Drummond had a double-double by halftime on Wednesday and still came to the locker room angry at himself. The Detroit Pistons center missed three layups and four jump-hook attempts in the first half, causing his consternation. "It's tough for me, missing..." February 08

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Is Close To Joining ESPN

    Deadspin "NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news. And according to one source, Wojnarowski isn’t the only..." February 08

  • Jim Buss Excited To Work With Magic Johnson For Years To Come

    Real GM Basketball "Shortly after Magic Johnson was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers last week, he received a call from Jim Buss. Johnson had long been publicly critical of Buss' moves within the Lakers' front office and stood by those comments, but also said he was there to help and hoped they could move forward..." February 08

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07

  • Jeanie Buss meets with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to return to the top of the NBA ranks sooner rather than later, and it looks like they are going to lean on some of the best players in franchise history to help get them there. The Lakers announced last week that they are hiring Magic Johnson in a front office..." February 07

  • Pitbull, Travis Scott and 'Inside the NBA' live will be at All-Star Weekend

    USA Today "TNT wants to party with you in New Orleans. The cable network is throwing a four-day bash for NBA All-Star Weekend, starting Thursday night with a free show from rapper Travis Scott and continuing all the way to Sunday. It's the "NBA on TNT Road Show," an extension of the branding the league..." February 07

  • Lakers remove highly priced FAs Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov from starting lineup

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers have pulled their splashy free-agent additions — Luol Deng (four years, $72 million) and Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million) — from the starting lineup. Who could have seen that coming? Oh, right. Practically everybody. In their 121-107 win over the Knicks tonight, the..." February 07

  • Lakers shuffle lineup, bury Knicks at Garden

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Luke Walton once again showed he is not reluctant to shake up the Los Angeles Lakers' starting lineup. Displaying a future-is-now attitude, the first-year coach went with his youngsters in the Lakers' 121-107 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday...." February 06

  • Kobe Bryant on Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI victory: '5 rings can't be deflated'

    CBS Sports "om Brady and the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions once again. After completing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, Brady earned one for the thumb -- his fifth NFL championship. The Patriots, led by Brady, scored 31 unanswered points to knock off the Falcons in..." February 06

  • Kobe Bryant memorabilia stolen from Lower Merion High School

    Philly.com "Several pieces of Kobe Bryant memorabilia have been stolen from Lower Merion High School, according to an email sent to parents from the school. Sometime Sunday evening, the lock was broken on a display case, known to students at "Kobe's Shrine," outside the Bryant Gymnasium. Among the items..." February 06

  • Red-hot Isaiah Thomas: 'You can't put my name with Kobe'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who had scored 41 and 44 points in his past two games, said he was unaware that no player in franchise history had ever scored 40 in three straight games until he reached the locker room following Friday's 113-107 win over the Los Angeles..." February 04

  • Celtics win, Stevens in as East All-Stars coach

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas, who seems to know everything on the court, had no idea he had just come within two points of becoming the first Celtics player ever to score 40 points in three straight games. "I didn't know about the three games in a row," Boston's little big man said after scoring..." February 03

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers a 'superstar away' from competing with Warriors, Spurs

    Sporting News "As he did in the 1980s, Magic Johnson is ready to help the Lakers return to NBA dominance. Johnson, who will be assisting Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss as an adviser in basketball and business matters moving forward, thinks this Los Angeles squad is poised to be great. “One..." February 03