Lakers Rumors & News

  • 10h
    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Update: Boozer will *not* play tonight. Byron wanted to play him but Boozer, like Lin, isn't feeling well (upper-respiratory infection).

  • Nets take care of business with win over tanking Lakers

    New York Post "After everything the Nets have been through this season, they find themselves in a remarkable position: with 10 games left in the regular season, the Nets control their playoff destiny. Thanks to a combination of winning 107-99 against the Lakers Sunday afternoon and the Celtics losing at home..." March 30

  • Lakers' Wayne Ellington playing with a heavy heart after his father's tragic death

    Orange County Register "These were the games Wayne Ellington Sr. looked forward to the most. They were his chance to show off what his son had become. When Lakers guard Wayne Ellington returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Monday, it will mark the first time in his six-year NBA career that..." March 30

  • 1d
    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Jeremy Lin is out for today's game against Brooklyn (12:30 Pacific tip) with an upper respiratory infection.

  • 1d
    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Byron Scott expects Jordan Hill to return to the rotation, with Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer sitting out today.

  • Lakers coach Byron Scott says opposing players have told him during games they'd 'love to be in L.A.' next year

    Inside Socal "His first season here coaching the former New Jersey Nets just ended nearly 14 years ago, a 26-56 record prompting Byron Scott to make one understandable conclusion. “We needed to make a bunch of changes,” Scott said. “We need to get some guys in here to play the type of style that I wanted to..." March 29

  • Lakers’ Jeremy Lin believes he will play Sunday vs. Brooklyn

    Inside Socal "Jeremy Lin refused to shake a reporter’s hand. No, the Lakers guard wasn’t upset with something he wrote. Lin had a more practical reason. “I don’t want to get you sick,” Lin said following practice on Saturday at the Barclays Center. Lin still feels what Lakers coach Byron Scott called..." March 28

  • Shaq Says He Regrets Leaving the Magic for the Lakers

    Complex "When Shaquille O'Neal left the Magic in free agency back in the summer of 1996 to sign with the Lakers, he reportedly did so for a number of reasons. According to reports that were released at the time, Shaq wasn't happy with Orlando's head coaching situation. He also didn't have the greatest..." March 28

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • 3d
    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Byron said Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision bc of his sinus issue. Wayne Ellington or Jabari Brown could start if needed

  • NBA admits incorrect no-call by referees on final play of Lakers’ overtime win over Timberwolves

    Pro Basketball Talk "On the final play of the Lakers’ overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Minnesota had a sideline out of bounds opportunity, trailing by two with 0.3 seconds left. That’s not enough time to get an actual shot off, but it is enough for a tip towards the basket — provided the pass can..." March 27

  • Lakers hurt NBA lottery odds with 101-99 overtime win over Timberwolves

    Silver Screen And Roll "Losing is winning in this topsy-turvy season in Los Angeles, and that was especially true as the the Lakers took on a fellow bottom feeder in the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers looked set to cruise to an easy win early, but a late Timberwolves run sent the game to overtime, where Jordan..." March 26

  • Mark Cuban calls trading for Lamar Odom, not letting Steve Nash walk, his biggest mistake

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mark Cuban once called letting Steve Nash leave in free agency his biggest mistake as Mavericks owner. Cuban, reflecting on Nash in light of the point guard’s retirement, apparently changed his mind. Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: Cuban said letting Nash go was not the worst..." March 26

  • 5d
    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    No Hill or Boozer again tonight. They'll be on the bench in case of emergency, Lakers assistant Paul Pressey said.

  • Strong play at home continues as OKC cruises past Lakers

    The Oklahoman "Technically, it would be inaccurate to call the Thunder unbeatable at home. But since the day after Christmas, visitors to Oklahoma City have found the Thunder to be pretty darn close. The Los Angeles Lakers learned that lesson Tuesday night, as the Thunder cruised to a 127-117 victory..." March 25

  • Lakers’ Steve Nash open to help with free-agent pitches

    L.A. Daily News "His arrival in Los Angeles three years ago once set off fireworks, the latest sign that the Lakers could return to championship glory by landing another superstar. But after frustrating the Lakers as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash never provided a stunning sequel to “Showtime” with..." March 25

  • Nash: 'Pretended to ignore' retirement signs

    ESPN Los Angeles "Steve Nash has known since October that he'd played his final NBA game. His body simply couldn't bounce back anymore. He trained as hard as ever, felt great in training camp and in his first preseason game. Then he woke up the next morning and felt every single one of his 19 seasons in the..." March 25

  • Lakers beat lowly 76ers to snap four-game skid

    L.A. Daily News "This matchup once became a staple in Lakers lore, rookie Magic Johnson filling in for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center to deliver a decisive Game 6 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 NBA Finals. Will the Lakers’ 101-87 victory to the Sixers on Sunday have such historical..." March 23

  • Cavs Would've Added Steve Nash If He Agreed to Buyout from Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steve Nash made what was a foregone conclusion official by announcing his retirement on Saturday, but before that, he had at least one option to return to the court with a championship contender this season. Nash already tried to chase a ring or two with the Lakers, and that couldn’t have ended..." March 23

  • Byron Scott hoped for more Nash magic

    ESPN Los Angeles "Before the 2014-15 season began, when the Los Angeles Lakers were still in training camp, Byron Scott studied the way Steve Nash moved on the court, and the Lakers head coach liked what he saw. “I was really excited because I did see a lot of the Steve Nash that I had played against and coached..." March 23

  • Jeremy Lin next contract could be a problem

    Christian Today "What lies ahead for current Los Angeles Laker Jeremy Lin? Lin, who is best tied up with the moniker 'Linsanity', is expected to be among the free agents available come the end of the current NBA season. However his future doesn't look promising especially if he is valued at a high price. Lin..." March 23

  • Cavaliers would have added Steve Nash if had agreed to buyout from Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steve Nash made what was a foregone conclusion official by announcing his retirement on Saturday, but before that, he had at least one option to return to the court with a championship contender this season. Nash already tried to chase a ring or two with the Lakers, and that couldn’t have ended..." March 22

  • Steve Nash announces retirement

    ESPN Los Angeles "After a 19-year NBA career in which he twice won MVP honors, tallied the third-most assists in league history and assured his place in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game, Steve Nash formally announced he is walking away from the game Saturday in a letter..." March 22

  • 9d
    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    OFFICIAL: The Lakers have signed guard @Bari_BrownIDF to a second 10-day contract.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

  • Byron Scott’s focus on Lakers’ 80-73 loss to Jazz, not NCAA tournament

    L.A. Daily News "The volume level rose amid all the chatter, cheers and laughter. Just like nearly everyone in this country, the Lakers spent their time on Thursday watching the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The significance of those games could provide more implications than just Lakers forward Ed Davis..." March 20

  • 11d
    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Byron Scott said that Jeremy Lin has some back spasms. Unclear if he will play tonight

  • Lakers’ Wesley Johnson trying to shed inconsistent tag

    L.A. Daily News "The smile on Wesley Johnson’s face faded. His even-keel demeanor disappeared, too. Johnson then reflected on his past week with an edge after Lakers coach Byron Scott sat him because of a coach’s decision. “I was (ticked),” Johnson told Los Angeles Newspaper Group before the Lakers hosted..." March 19

  • 12d
    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Lakers forward Nick Young has a small fracture on his left kneecap that will not require surgery. He will be re-evaluated next week.

  • Lakers’ Jeremy Lin defends his “high-risk, high-reward” style of play

    L.A. Daily News "The views between Lakers coach Byron Scott and guard Jeremy Lin featured a new element of disagreement, if that seems possible. Their varying philosophies on offensive systems remain well documented. But after committing two costly turnovers that both contributed to the Lakers’ loss to Golden..." March 18

  • Playoff berth assured, Warriors struggle to win

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Warriors clinched a playoff berth midway through Monday night’s game against the Lakers and then hung on to beat Los Angeles 108-105 in front of a national TV audience and the 114th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. But the Warriors weren’t doing much celebrating, having expected..." March 17

  • Vlade Divac says Shaquille O'Neal 'wasn't talented, he was just strong' "Former Kings center Vlade Divac battled with Shaquille O'Neal for years in memorable playoff matchups. Now O'Neal is a part owner in the Sacramento Kings, but Divac still had an interesting comment about the guy who ended Divac' title hopes in the early 2000's. From the AP: "I've been in..." March 17

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • Down four starters, Hawks still defeat Lakers

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "What difference does another starter make? The Hawks were already resting three starters – Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap – when they lost Kyle Korver to a broken nose during Sunday’s game against the lowly Lakers. It didn’t matter. Al Horford, the lone remaining starter,..." March 16

  • 14d
    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Nick Young will have a CT scan on his sore left knee tomorrow and thus won't join LAL on the trip to Golden State after tonight's game.

  • 16d
    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Nick Young still out. Young will travel when Lakers go to Golden State on Monday just to continue to receive treatment

  • Lakers guard Jabari Brown impresses in rookie debut

    Los Angeles Times "Missouri rookie Jabari Brown made his NBA debut on Thursday night, scoring seven points in 17 1/2 minutes in the Lakers' 101-94 loss to the New York Knicks. "The lights are really bright," said Brown of Staples Center, who went through training camp with the team, but was cut before opening..." March 14

  • Report: Steve Nash wanted to retire before season, but Lakers asked him not to

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steve Nash played just 10 games last season and none this season due to injuries. That has enraged many Lakers fans – especially when Nash golfs – who see him as stealing his $9,701,000 salary. They blame him for not retiring last summer and saving the Lakers money. Perhaps their scorn is..." March 14

  • A history of Byron Scott getting angry about the Lakers being bad

    SB Nation "On Thursday, in a game no one watched because TNT thankfully swapped it out of a primetime spot, the Los Angeles Lakers fell at home to the New York Knicks, 101-94. The win was just the Knicks' 13th of the year. The Lakers now stand at 17-47, the fourth worst record in the league. Needless to..." March 13

  • Knicks respond to Phil’s direct pep talk, beat Lakers

    New York Post "Maybe Phil Jackson should show up more often. Jackson is now 1-1 in Knicks road games after his club knocked off the similarly moribund Lakers, 101-94, at the Staples Center, to break a five-game losing streak. Tim Hardaway, after missing the last three games with back spasms, struck from..." March 13

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12

  • One-year contracts fuel competition amid tough Lakers season

    L.A. Daily News "Through demanding practices, exhausting travel and tough losses, the Lakers of old could always envision a few possibilities that pushed them forward. Tasting sweet champagne. Soaking in the sights and sounds surrounding a championship parade in downtown Los Angeles. Wearing an NBA ring on one..." March 12

  • Lakers snap losing streak in 93-85 victory over Pistons

    Silver Screen And Roll "In a game that was so ugly that it potentially set basketball back 20 years, the Lakers managed to hold off the Detroit Pistons to snap their five game losing streak. The Lakers led 25 to 20 after one quarter of play, and Wesley Johnson scored 5 of the Lakers first 9 points, sinking his first 2..." March 11

  • Lakers' elimination from playoffs earliest since move to Los Angeles

    Sporting News "The Lakers are officially out of the running for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. No surprise there. What’s interesting is it’s the earliest the franchise has been eliminated from contention since the team was located in Minneapolis. The Lakers moved to Los Angeles for the start of..." March 11

  • Kobe still unsure of post-2016 future

    ESPN Los Angeles "There was a brief moment when Kobe Bryant believed this season, his 19th in the NBA, would be his last. It came right after doctors notified the Los Angeles Lakers star in January that he had suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, meaning he'd face another long rehabilitation..." March 11

  • 20d
    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Lakers are planning to sign D-League guard Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract, league source tells Yahoo Sports. He plays with LA Defenders.

  • 21d
    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Update: Julius Randle has been cleared for on court basketball activity (he's jumping/shooting right now), but not for contact drills.

  • Monta Ellis gets hot at right time to will Mavericks to victory over Lakers

    Dallas Morning News "Just when it looked like the Mavericks were going to be guilty of an unforgivable lack of effort against one of the worst teams in the NBA, Monta Ellis found a zone that he’d not been familiar with for quite some time. The shots started to fall, the defense showed up at a timely moment and the..." March 09

  • Kobe Bryant Pledges To Be Ready For 15-16 Season

    Real GM Basketball "Kobe Bryant is optimistic of being physically ready to play at the start of the 15-16 season. “I’ll be ready to go,” Bryant said. “I’ll do my regiment and be ready to go.” Each of Bryant's past three seasons have ended due to injury. Mitch Kupchak recently said the Los Angeles Lakers will..." March 09

  • Rondo 'focused' but honored by Kobe "Rajon Rondo knows Kobe Bryant is recruiting him to join the Los Angeles Lakers when Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. And the Dallas Mavericks point guard is obviously flattered to hear Bryant admit as much publicly, as Bryant did in late January. But Bryant's recruiting..." March 09