Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Mavericks may look to sign unrestricted free agent Jordan Hill if they miss out on DeAndre Jordan.

Hill will likely be a third-option for Dallas if they miss out on Jordan, and are also unable to orchestrate a sign-and-trade for Roy Hibbert. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks with the Lakers last season, and it's unlikely he'd be much better than that with the Mavs. He's not much more than a low-end option in deep leagues.
Jul 2 - 5:32 PM

The Lakers had general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott at the meeting with DeAndre Jordan, but Kobe Bryant and the Buss family was not there.

The Lakers had the whole crew in their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, so apparently they don't need to impress Jordan quite as much. Whatever the case may be, the Lakers are not having a big offseason so far. They also deleted their #LAtoLA tweets with Adam Levine, so there's that.
Jul 2 - 12:27 AM

The Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Blazers, Mavs, Rockets, Celtics, Wizards and Heat have interest in Carlos Boozer.

In other words, it sounds like he's the backup plan to the backup plan at power forward for these squads. Boozer has said he would prefer to come back to the Lakers, assuming they're a winning team. We'll see about all of that.
Jul 1 - 8:52 PM

Unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and Kobe Bryant "didn't quite gel" at their meeting.

LMA reportedly "didn't quite get answers from Kobe we was seeking." The Lakers have a lot of attractive parts of their franchise, but it's really going to be hard to convince free agents to sign there with Kobe's $25 million on the books this upcoming season.
Jul 1 - 4:46 PM

The Warriors have reached out to unrestricted free agent Wayne Ellington.

He said his shoulder is fully healed and the Lakers are going to contact him. Ellington would likely get more playing time with the Lakers over the Warriors.
Jul 1 - 4:33 PM

Free agent Jeremy Lin has reportedly drawn interest from the Mavericks, Pacers, Bulls, Clippers, Spurs, Grizzlies and Lakers.

At the moment, the Mavericks are the only team on that list for whom Lin would be a likely starting PG. Lin had a bumpy season under coach Byron Scott last year, even losing his starting job to Ronnie Price, so he's probably not eager to compete for minutes with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in 2015-16.
Jul 1 - 11:25 AM

The Lakers contacted Wayne Ellington when free agency began on Wednesday to let him know that they were interested in re-signing him.

The Warriors, Cavaliers, Wizards, Spurs and Hawks have also shown some interest in Ellington, so the Lakers will have some competition. The Lakers will obviously prioritize some of the bigger names on the open market such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe, so it may be a while before Ellington signs a deal.
Jul 1 - 11:12 AM

Jim Buss was not a part of the group that pitched Greg Monroe to join the Lakers in Washington D.C.

The rumor mill is spinning, so feel free to use this information as you please. The Lakers are not in hot pursuit of Monroe, so this is somewhat irrelevant. Maybe it is, though. Whatever the case, expect the Lakers to go after bigger targets than Greg Monroe.
Jul 1 - 5:57 AM

The Lakers have exercised their $981k option to retain C Robert Sacre for the 2015-16 season.

The low price-tag for a decent backup big man makes this a logical decision for the Lakers, whose free-agent focus is on a bevy of PF/Cs including LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe. As long as L.A.'s eventual starting center is healthy, there's no reason to consider Sacre as a fantasy option on draft day.
Jul 1 - 3:14 AM

Free agent swingman Wesley Johnson met with Doc Rivers and the Clippers early on Wednesday.

The Clippers have also been linked to Gerald Green, suggesting that they may not be confident about landing Paul Pierce at a discount. The Lakers reportedly have "mixed feelings" about re-signing Johnson, and no other teams have emerged as serious suitors, so there's a decent chance that he'll be playing for Rivers next year.
Jul 1 - 2:00 AM

Kobe Bryant will be part of the Lakers' pitch meeting to coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Bryant will be joined by coach Bryon Scott, GM Mitch Kupchak, team president Jeanie Buss, Lakers legend James Worthy, and a gaggle of other executives. Aldridge is meeting with at least six other teams, including the Spurs, so Kobe and the Lakers have their work cut out for them.
Source: USA Today
Jun 30 - 8:34 PM

The Lakers are "working to unload contracts" in the interest of clearing "significantly more salary cap space," according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

There are only four players with guaranteed deals for 2015-16 on L.A.'s roster -- Kobe Bryant ($25 million), Nick Young ($5.2m), Julius Randle ($3.3m) and Ryan Kelly ($1.7m). Young is the most obvious player L.A. would like to trade, especially given his shaky relationship with coach Byron Scott, but for now this is purely in the 'speculative' phase. The ultimate goal is reportedly to make convincing contract offers to DeAndre Jordan and/or LaMarcus Aldridge.

Carlos Boozer is reportedly receiving interest from the Nets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Heat and Spurs.

Boozer will likely be a backup wherever he lands, so his fantasy value is going to be limited. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game with the Lakers last season, but his lack of defensive stats really hurts his fantasy value. Of the aforementioned teams, the Nets and Heat seem like the most plausible potential destinations, although it would be comical to see how Gregg Popovich reacts to what Boozer claims is playing defense.
Jun 30 - 6:18 PM

The Kings are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Jeremy Lin.

With Sacramento also said to be interested in Ty Lawson, Dennis Schroder, and Jrue Holiday, it seems apparent that they're looking to add another point guard to the roster. It's being reported that they would like this additional guard to play alongside Darren Collison, so while Collison's value would take a bit of a hit, it wouldn't be as dramatic as the decrease in value he'd see if he's forced to the bench.
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM

Larry Nance said he was "terrified" of Kobe Bryant's potential reaction to his tweet from two years ago.

"I was nervous to send him a long message and then just get an 'Okay,' or not a response at all," Nance said. On Saturday, Bryant did say he forgives Nance for his tweet because he was "a kid" back then and Nance sent him "a great message" on Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 7:53 PM


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