Lakers Rumors & News

  • How to solve a free-agent problem like Festus Ezeli? $50 million works

    Sporting News "Three years and $50 million? According to several league executives, that is likely to be what it takes to land Warriors restricted free agent center Festus Ezeli this summer. “Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about,” one general manager told Sporting News. “So I don’t think..." May 05

  • Byron Scott Comments on Being Fired by Lakers, Luke Walton's Hiring

    Bleacher Report "Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott appeared on ESPN's The Jump with host Rachel Nichols on Wednesday and said he thought he would be given one more season at the helm of the team's rebuilding efforts, per Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com. Scott suggested on the show that there was something..." May 05

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Kobe Bryant, Sports Illustrated to partner on Dear Basketball project

    SI "Kobe Bryant’s production company, Kobe Studios, Sports Illustrated and Believe Entertainment Group have announced their partnership on a multi-platform video project based on Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” poem, which he used to announce his retirement from the NBA this year. The animated short..." May 05

  • Report: Lakers want to make ‘big run’ at Paul George

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to make a major splash this offseason, and that will mean trying to convince guys like Kevin Durant and LeBron James to sign with them as free agents. It could also involve trying to trade for a superstar. According to Bill Simmons, the Lakers have..." May 05

  • Lakers Determined To Trade Lottery Pick For Proven Star?

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are about two weeks away from learning their fate in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17. The storied franchise has a top-three protected pick in the upcoming draft and will need things to go their during the draft lottery to retain their first-round selection. On Tuesday..." May 05

  • Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping their lottery pick remains in the top-3 so it won't automatically be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers. But there is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep the pick or trade it away for a proven player. “Right now, I think our young guys are..." May 04

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Lakers Trading Lottery Pick Would Be Monumentally Stupid

    The Big Lead "The Los Angeles Lakers have hit the reset button on their franchise over the past few seasons and all that work should pay off in the long term. For now, the Lakers have a nice young core that includes D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, plus a young coach in Luke Walton. They..." May 04

  • Metta World Peace says that the D’Angelo Russell-Nick Young scandal wasn't 'that bad'

    USA Today "The final month of the Lakers’ 2015-16 season became less about Kobe Bryant and more about the scandal between D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young. Once the video of Young evidently discussing his infidelity leaked, the lowly Lakers were thrown into the NBA spotlight. It was a huge deal. There was..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Byron Scott On D’Angelo Russell’s Work Ethic, Attitude, Potential

    Lakers Nation "When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted 19-year-old rookie D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA draft, passing up on Jahlil Okafor (and, in hindsight Kristaps Porzingis), the jury was mixed on whether the front office made the right choice. Now, looking back on the rookie’s roller..." May 03

  • Magic Johnson says Lakers should pursue LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan, probably tampers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Magic Johnson is terrible on Twitter. His tweets are simplistic nonsense. He obviously knows a lot about basketball, but instead of sharing that expertise, he sounds like a cross between a lowest-common-denominator fan and low-rent news service. He spouts ideas like the Lakers trying to sign..." May 02

  • Byron Scott “little blindsided” by firing, but still maintains affection for Lakers

    Inside Socal "Another loss added to Byron Scott’s resume nearly any time he coached a game. So much that the Lakers finished with their worst record in franchise history for two consecutive years. So much that Scott’s combined 38-126 record finished just above George Mikan for the franchise’s worst all-time..." May 02

  • Magic Johnson Tweets Plan For Lakers to Sign LeBron

    Black Sports Online "It is unlikely that LeBron is going to leave the Cavaliers, but until he is locked into a long-term contract the possibility is always there. If LeBron does leave it seems he would go to a team ready-made to win a championship and that isn’t the Lakers. With that being said, Magic Johnson..." May 02

  • Chauncey Billups: Celtics Better Destination For Durant Than Lakers

    NESN "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is able to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there would be no shortage of suitors if the All-Star forward hit the market. The Boston Celtics reportedly believe Durant will give them a visit if he reaches free agency, and they..." May 02

  • Luke Walton lands 5-year deal to become Lakers head coach

    The Score "Luke Walton is set to cash in on a big payday with his new team. The 36-year-old bench boss has reportedly signed a five-year deal (four years guaranteed) at $5-6 million annually to becomes the Los Angeles Lakers next head coach. The Lakers announced Friday that Walton would join the team..." April 30

  • Luke Walton says he won’t run the triangle as Lakers coach

    Pro Basketball Talk "On Friday night, the Lakers announced that they’re hiring Luke Walton as their next head coach, effective as soon as the Warriors’ playoff run is over. It’s a good hire, but it’s especially interesting given Walton’s close relationship with Phil Jackson and the rumors that never seem to go away,..." April 30

  • Walton says he was nervous telling Kerr about Lakers job

    ESPN "Most NBA coaching staffs would've watched the game at the office and ordered in some dinner. But Steve Kerr has built more than a coaching staff in his two seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He's created a family, just as the patriarch of his coaching tree, Lute Olson, did at the..." April 30

  • Lakers Announce Agreement With Luke Walton to Become New Head Coach

    NBA.com "Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors..." April 30

  • Lakers Expected To Interview Former Cavaliers Coach David Blatt

    Lakers Nation "The coaching search is beginning to heat up for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team has already been granted permission to speak with two leading candidates in Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. While those two are the early front-runners plenty of other names,..." April 28

  • Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

    ESPN "The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Steve Kerr, who was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, revealed before Wednesday night's series-clinching Game 5 win over the..." April 28

  • The Lakers are auctioning off part of the court from Kobe's final game

    Fox Sports "Lakers fans sitting on a spare five figures will have the chance to turn a section of the court from Kobe Bryant's last game into the centerpiece of their living room, all for a good cause. The Lakers announced Wednesday that the commemorative No. 8 added to the floor at the Staples Center will be..." April 27

  • Ettore Messina To Get ‘Legit Look’ If Luke Walton Declines

    Lakers Nation "Coaching rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers have been moving furiously since the team decided to fire Byron Scott. Among the numerous candidates rumored as possibilities for the position, Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina seem to be emerging as..." April 27

  • Jeanie Buss says Jackson isn't coming back to Lakers

    The Score "According to Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss, any involvement of Phil Jackson with the Forum blue and gold will be limited to his singing cameo in Kobe Bryant's farewell Nike commercial. Buss again tried to quell rumors this week that her fiance would return to the organization before..." April 27

  • Five Candidates For Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Opening

    The Big Lead "Byron Scott has been fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, as his two-year stint at the head of the team ended with the worst record in franchise history. While much of that could be attributed to a roster in full rebuild mode, Scott didn’t endear himself to the team’s higher-ups by..." April 27

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Jeanie Buss says she wasn’t expecting Byron Scott to be fired

    Larry Brown Sports "This one’s probably bad news for everyone still holding out hope that the Lakers’ front office isn’t a totally garbled mess. Lakers team president Jeanie Buss said on Tuesday that she didn’t know that head coach Byron Scott would be fired, and that she wasn’t expecting such a change to be made,..." April 26

  • Iggy Azalea and Nick Young attempt to bowl over cheating drama

    Page Six "Nothing like a game of bowling to get over the fact that your fiancé admitted to cheating on you with a random 19-year-old. Iggy Azalea and Nick Young were spotted with a group of pals at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood on Sunday night doing just that. Unsurprisingly the “Team” singer, 25,..." April 26

  • Jeff Van Gundy interested in Lakers opening

    Lakers Nation "With the Los Angeles Lakers expected to have a long list of candidates for their head coaching vacancy, there will be a number of different kinds of coaches interviewed. Of the names floating around so far, probably the most experienced is former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van..." April 26

  • Byron Scott’s girlfriend deletes meme after firing by Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "Cecilia Gutierrez, the girlfriend of Byron Scott, posted a meme on Instagram Monday that seemed to be a commentary on the Lakers’ decision to let her boyfriend go. Gutierrez posted a meme that said something was a “d— move.” " April 26

  • Lakers to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for head coaching job

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Lakers are wasting no time in their coaching search. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Lakers have received permission from the San Antonio Spurs to interview their lead assistant coach, Ettore Messina, as a possible replacement for the recently departed..." April 26

  • Lakers' Mitch Kupchak: Would be nice to hire coach before draft

    Orange County Register "In firing Byron Scott on Sunday night, the Lakers not only freed themselves of the coach who oversaw the two worst seasons in franchise history, but also gave themselves a chance to make a correct coaching hire after the past three coaches failed to deliver on big promises. What’s the Lakers’..." April 26

  • Derek Fisher interested in Lakers head coaching job

    Lakers Nation "With the news coming out that the Lakers are moving on from head coach Byron Scott, the attention has quickly turned to who might replace him. The Lakers are reportedly going to compile a long list of potential candidates so it could be some time before they come to a decision. The man many..." April 25

  • Cavs' Lue: Sweeping 'bad motherf-----' Van Gundy means a lot

    The Score "Tyronn Lue passed the biggest test of his young coaching career with flying colors, leading his Cleveland Cavaliers past the Detroit Pistons in four games to advance to the Eastern Conference semis. After the Cavs completed the sweep Sunday, Lue said he got some encouraging words from Pistons..." April 25

  • Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie among Lakers' coach candidates

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are once again in the market for a head coach. A franchise known for its stability and continued excellence has suffered through an absence of both over the past four years. Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni and now Byron Scott, all gone in less than two full years. The decision for..." April 25

  • Lakers fire head coach Byron Scott, according to report

    SB Nation "After two seasons, Byron Scott's bumpy ride as Lakers head coach has come to an end. Scott was fired by the Lakers on Sunday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Scott, who spent 11 seasons playing in Los Angeles and was a part of three championship teams, was hired by the..." April 25

  • Will Ferrell And Adam McKay Are Making A Documentary About A.C. Green, The NBA’s Legendary Virgin

    Uproxx "How susceptible are you to peer pressure? Did you pass on every joint in college? Wait on having sex past the first person asking you to? Probably not, right? In that case, you’re a spineless weakling compared to A.C. Green, the former Laker and Sun (among others) who has the all-time NBA record..." April 22

  • Iggy Azalea I Told Nick Vegas Was Bad Idea ...

    TMZ "Iggy Azalea says she tried to warn Nick Young that his boys trip to Vegas last weekend would "look bad" in the wake of the whole cheating scandal ... but he went anyway -- and she's cool with it. The rapper says her fiance actually had a pretty good reason for the trip -- and it wasn't to..." April 22

  • Lakers missed their chance at Tom Thibodeau

    Yahoo! Sports "Tom Thibodeau always believed he could lure free agents to the Los Angeles Lakers, that the proper structure and vision still makes that franchise the ultimate superstar destination. Thibodeau always had his eyes on the most glamorous job in basketball, but the Lakers hesitated and missed the..." April 21

  • This is not the end of Kobe Bryant in the NBA, Adam Silver says

    Sporting News "Millions of people watched as Kobe Bryant rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking, when he dropped 60 points (on 50 shots) against the Jazz. If that was Bryant's last hurrah, it was an unforgettable one. But league commissioner Adam Silver hinted in a meeting with a group of sports..." April 21

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Lamar Odom: Real Offer to Join Basketball Team ... From Ex-NBA Star

    TMZ "Lamar Odom has been invited to play on a prestigious L.A. basketball team to compete against current and former NBA stars ... and it's a huge step in getting back to the NBA. The person behind the offer is Baron Davis -- who tells TMZ Sports he heard about Odom's public declaration to get back..." April 21

  • Lakers coach Byron Scott tells Jordan Clarkson to improve defense or lose minutes

    L.A. Daily News "Most of the Clarkson’s exit meeting with Lakers coach Byron Scott and general manager Mitch Kupchak centered on something else, though. “I was horrible on the defensive end this year,” Clarkson said. “It’s somewhere I have to make strides.” The consequences on any lack of substantial..." April 21

  • Tim Duncan doesn't want to go out like Kobe Bryant

    The Sports Daily "You can say that again. Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs are in the playoffs and one of the year’s best stories, but Kobe Bryant’s retirement extravaganza outshined Duncan and Co. at every turn this year. While a fun spectacle for the Black Mamba, Duncan has made it pretty clear about one..." April 21

  • Report: Lakers deliberating whether to keep Byron Scott

    Sportsnaut "Byron Scott’s job security may not be as locked in as he thinks it is with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Lakers are “deliberating whether to keep Byron Scott” for the 2016-17 season. This report comes just days after Scott proudly declared he “absolutely”..." April 20

  • Details on How Serious Kendall Jenner & Clarkson Relationship Has Gotten

    Black Sports Online "According to People Magazine things are getting hot between Kendall Jenner and Lakers player Jordan Clarkson. The two were together this past weekend at the Coachella music festival. The couple’s relationship became public in March and sources told the magazine: They have been secretly dating..." April 20

  • Lakers’ Julius Randle to train this offseason to become “great”

    San Bernardino County Sun "The message seemed direct and simple. The feedback Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott provided to Julius Randle also captured the second-year forward’s current crossroads. “It’s up to me on how good I want to be,” Randle said. Randle already seemed good enough in the..." April 20

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    Lakers F Brandon Bass to decline 2016-17 player option, become unrestricted free agent this summer, league source informs @clevelanddotcom.

  • Could Kobe Bryant become ESPN's answer to Charles Barkley?

    Sporting News "Could Kobe Bryant finally be the answer to ESPN solving the challenge of Charles Barkley at Turner Sports? Over the weekend, ESPN confirmed that they're interested in the Black Mamba for their NBA TV coverage now that he's officially retired after 20 seasons. "We are always interested in..." April 20