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  • havoc 11:54 AM on February 23, 2017 Permalink  

    The Houston Rockets Traded Tyler Ennis to the Lakers for Marcelo Huertas

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:49 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like this move a lot. We need a backup true point guard.

      • keen observer 12:53 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Expiring contract. Give him 15 minutes per game behind D’Angelo to see if he has a future here. This summer will be about preserving cap space for 2018 so we can sign Paul George and perhaps Boogie, too.


      • keen observer 12:54 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        At this point, I’d like to see this rotation:

        Starters: Zubac, Randle, Ingram, Russell, Clarkson
        Reserves: Black, Nance, Deng or Brewer, Nick, Ennis

        • tate793 3:17 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Wouldn’t mind seeing Thomas get some burn.

          • keen observer 4:46 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Somehow he landed in Luke’s doghouse. He was playing well, so maybe he complained about not getting enough burn one too many times or something. For some reason, he doesn’t stick with anyone.

            • John M. 4:50 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink

              I don’t think Luke has a doghouse, just a finite # of minutes. Hard to play Thomas after Nance came back and he shuffled the lineup for Ingram and Zubac.

            • keen observer 6:35 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink

              Perhaps, but given the way Robinson was playing, at least in our eyes, it just feels like a doghouse to me, especially given Robinson’s history of not sticking with anyone.

          • MongoSlade 6:54 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Thomas is decent player but he’s just a guy.

            • tate793 9:14 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink

              I could see him absorbing some of Deng’s minutes. Move LNJr to Deng’s starting spot and move Robinson into LNJr’s reserve role. However it’s done, Robinson brings more energy and defense than Deng.

            • MongoSlade 9:43 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink

              Deng isn’t even a starter anymore.
              T.Rob isn’t even on the active roster anymore.

            • tate793 1:21 AM on February 24, 2017 Permalink

              I think it’s Metta that’s not on the active roster. Whatever. Any minutes that Deng might play should be given to Robinson, if its based on play.

            • MongoSlade 4:51 AM on February 24, 2017 Permalink

              Been listed as inactive 6 outta the last 7 games.

    • John M. 12:53 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Magic just cut 10 years off the end of the bench.

  • havoc 3:07 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink  

    Lakers Rumors: L.A. ‘In The Mix’ For Moe Harkless

    The Los Angeles Lakers moved quickly at the outset of free agency once it began as they reached an agreement with center Timofey Mozgov on a four-year deal and re-signed promising guard Jordan Clarkson for four years.

    The Lakers surely aren’t done as the team still has holes to fill and must add depth and one name that has come up is Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless.

    According to Mike Bresnahan of Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the Lakers are ‘in the mix’ for Harkless, but things will move slowly since he is a restricted free agent:

    Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders notes, however, that the belief around the league is that Portland will match any reasonable offer for Harkless:

    If this turns out to be the case, the Lakers would likely have to overpay or creatively construct a contract in order to try and get Portland not to match. Kyler also points out that Portland’s max contract offer to Chandler Parsons, if accepted, could change things about whether or not they would match a deal on Harkless.

    One thing that seems apparent this offseason is that the Lakers realized that they weren’t in play for most of the big names and have quickly moved on to solid players who may not move the needle, but could improve the team. Mozgov fit that bill, and Harkless does as well.

    Many may have been hoping for a big splash in free agency, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening. Instead, the Lakers will seemingly focus on role players and hope for significant development from the young players on the roster.

  • havoc 3:06 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink  

    Al Horford reportedly not happy with Dwight Howard signing

    By Kris Willis

    @Kris_Willis on Jul 2, 2016, 11:09a 93
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Reports suggest that Al Horford was not happy with the Hawks’ addition of Dwight Howard.
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    The Atlanta Hawks moved quickly and secured an agreement with Dwight Howard on Monday. While the move has been received positively for the most part, one of the team’s pending free agents might not have been thrilled with the move.

    WSB’s Zach Klein reports that Al Horford was not happy about the Howard signing and that may impact his decision to leave.

    If Horford really isn’t happy with the pairing, then the likelihood of him returning to Atlanta is nil. It seems surprising that Atlanta would have approached Howard without talking to Horford first but may have had their own agenda that they wanted to pursue.

    While reports have suggested that the Hawks have not yet closed the door on a possible Horford return, this report makes it seem very unlikely.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:16 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d love if we could swing a sign and trade for Horford. He’ll probably head to Boston, though…

      • John M. 3:23 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They grabbed Howard on Monday? Either I need a new calendar or the Hawks are gonna get spanked.

        BTW, I find it impossible to believe Al wouldn’t want to play with Dwight : ).

        • Magic Phil 3:35 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Really? I think nobody wants to play with Dwight, specially the current center.

          Dwight is a wreck. ATL is on the “coming-home” bandwagon. They think Dwight can finally play like a star at his home town. Good luck with that

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:29 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t blame him.

  • havoc 9:20 AM on July 2, 2016 Permalink  

    NBA Free Agency: Lakers offered Kent Bazemore a 4-year, $72 million contract but he passed

    By Drew Garrison

    @DrewGarrisonSBN on Jul 1, 2016, 8:18p 25
    Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    The Lakers wanted to bring Bazemore back but he decided to stay in Atlanta. With Dwight Howard.
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    Kent Bazemore was one of the best available young wings on the free agent market, but the Atlanta Hawks managed to retain his services with a four-year, $70 million contract. The Los Angeles Lakers were rumored to have interest in Bazemore — the same Bazemore that was on the team for a quick stretch during the ’13-14 season — and it appears they made a serious run at him. The Lakers offered him a four-year, $72 million contract to return to Los Angeles to no avail, according to NBA writer David Aldridge.

    The Houston Rockets offered Bazemore a contract worth the same as the Lakers, but he decided to stay put in Atlanta. The Lakers have been making a clear push to sign a wing in free agency but have come up empty thus far. Chandler Parsons and Nicolas Batum were their “pie in the sky” options, but they’re both off the market as well. Options for L.A. have begun to dwindle.

    The Lakers made the first move in free agency by signing Timofey Mozgov and appear to have since been working on nabbing a wing. Center and small forward are two areas they definitely needed help at going into the offseason, even with the addition of No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram into the perimeter rotation.

    Keep an eye out for where the Lakers go next to address their hole at small forward.

    • GDUBinDC 10:01 AM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think most of the top FAs chose to stay put if the money was close rather than join up with a franchise like the Ls that’s still very much perceived as a loser.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:19 AM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What surprised me was the Lakers not then raising their bid.
        Then turning around and spending more for Deng.
        While Bazemore was younger, Deng is probably better right now.
        This was a Lakers want to win now over win later decision

  • havoc 3:10 PM on June 20, 2016 Permalink  


    NBA Mock Draft Pick #3 – Dragan Bender, PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv

    The Celtics, Suns and Jazz have agreed to a trade involving the #3, #4 and #23 picks in this SB Nation Mock Draft.

    The Celtics acquired Jazz forward Gordon Hayward and cash. The Suns acquire the rights to the #3 pick. The Jazz get the rights to the #4, #23 and #28 pick alongside Jonas Jerebko’s non-guaranteed deal.

    SBNation’s Suns blog, Bright Side of the Sun, explain the trade and subsequent pick

    Dragan Bender may be the next Toni Kukoc or Andre Kirilenko, or he may also be the next Nikolos Tsikishvili or Darko Milicic. But few prospects come into the NBA with the range of skill sets and physical tools of Dragan Bender. He just might end up the best player in the 2016 draft when all is said and done.

    The mitigation of risk against Bender busting out of the league is that he has a reputation of putting out 100% effort all the time, and has a high basketball IQ. Add those qualities to someone who pass, dribble, shoot, rebound, run the floor and defend in space at the level of Bender, and you’ve got a potential All-Star and building block next to Devin Booker for years and years to come. This trade was a no-brainer when it came down to it. The Suns are a better team for the next decade with Bender in the mix.

    Ridiculous Upside analysis: Although the option of staying at the #4 pick and hoping that the Celtics doesn’t pick him would definitely be there, this was still a solid selection by the Suns. Bender has such ridiculous upside due to the mixture of his motor, shooting ability and size. Bender puts 100% effort on both the offensive and defensive end. Alongside that, his 7’1 frame and smooth perimeter stroke could allow him to be a future NBA All-Star.

    1) Philadelphia 76ers: BEN SIMMONS

    2) Los Angeles Lakers: BRANDON INGRAM

    3) Phoenix Suns (From Boston): DRAGAN BENDER

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    23) Utah Jazz (from Boston):

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  • havoc 8:19 AM on May 18, 2016 Permalink  


  • havoc 3:15 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink  

    Ramona Shelburne is correct in saying that the Lakers strike out again is not because our FO were horrible, we just don’t have anything to offer aside from our cap space and young players. Until these young guns can prove they can really show their talents, then that will be the time that the Lakers will be at the top of the list again.

    If you try to view the Spurs, they have aging stars as well. After all of those stars retire, they will be left with Leonard and Green as the offensive weapons. Those 2 can’t carry the team. Insert Aldridge and it will just look like Portland minus Lillard.

    So, let’s hope that Mitch now focus on acquiring the talents of Tobias Harris as the primary free agent for this summer and if it is possible to lure Draymond Green from Golden State. The Lakers will have a very young core that is more athletic and will be able to run. The coach should also install to their minds the importance of playing defense. I guess by then, these players can show what they are made.

    Let’s just keep our minds positive. It was already clear that we will be unable to LURE Aldridge and for a fact will be unable to LURE Jordan as well. NOW FOCUS AND TRY TO ACQUIRE HARRIS. maybe Lopez even if it look like a plan E and go for Draymond if there is a possibility

    • Michael H (Editor) 3:30 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t consider Harris and Lopez as plan E. Harris is 22 and up and coming. Lopez is a good defender and rebounder. Opponent shooting % at the rim is actually lower against Lopez then DJ and even Anthony Davis. So what’s plan E about that?

    • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 3:43 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Spurs are older than dirt, last year proved it losing to the Flippers. TP is not what he once was and is injured every year. All they have is Kawhi (however you spell it) and he failed too against the Flips, and Green. Spurs are nothing.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:46 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You can put lipstick on a pig and it’ll still be a pig. Truth is we don’t have a very attractive team to attract the stars. No matter how glitzy the presentation and all these TWC marketers trying to pitch the opportunities in LA, serious basketball players wanna know what the product is we’re putting on the court. What’s the plan for winning. Until the team gets better, we’re not being seriously considered by the marque free agents. Let’s set our sights lower and get the younger players who may not feel as urgent a need to win now. Let the young Lakers team grow naturally.

      • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 3:51 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If the rooks turn out to be what the FO has been touting, they’ll be a lot of sorry arse players regretting their decision this year. We’ll see next year.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:56 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, painful as it is, we may need to pluck a page from the Thunders playbook. Give the young guys a chance. The Thunders did and now they have 2 of the best players in the league. A few years from now, as you said, there’ll be a few people who are sorry they pooh-poohed the Lakers.

          • Magicman (Editor) 4:00 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “We don’t have the time to methodically build through the draft.”- Mitch Kupchak June 2015.

    • MongoSlade 4:34 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My problem is that we could have been adding some more established building blocks in each of the past 2 summers to go along with these youngins. Then maybe we could get somebody to come here or have assets to pull off a sign n trade. Top guys simply aren’t coming to join up with a buncha rookies. I’m just hoping they don’t feel the same way about a buncha 1yr players NEXT summer.

      • tate793 5:34 PM on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The biggest flub to me was the refusal to even sniff at Isiah Thomas last year. Whatever Lance Stephenson’s problem might be, he would have been a more realistic target than LeBron and Melo. i’m not buying the “Kobe is the deterrent’ crap. Kobe didn’t make the decisions to not meet with Isiah, or Lance. Kobe didn’t make the decision to hire Brown or D’Antoni, Kobe didn’t make the decision to blow the Howard and Gasol FA talks. Kobe didn’t make the decision to snub Phil and Kobe didn’t make the decision to bypass Okafor and draft Russell. Right now, I would think signing a guard would be easier than signing a decent big.

  • havoc 5:21 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink  

    Orlando picked Mark Hezonja and the Kings picked Willie Cauley-Stein

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:23 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      fools sleeping on Winslow

      • havoc 5:25 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        2 teams have already passed on him..that sucks

        • mclyne32 (Director) 5:27 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m very surprised.
          I think he’s going to be a very good NBA player in a few years.

          • havoc 5:28 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah a good 3 & D player

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:31 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink

              and can take it to the rack

            • therealhtj 5:45 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink

              Great value at 10 for MIA. Could be a star for them.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:52 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink

              I think he will be

    • GDUBinDC 5:36 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kings now have a rim protector to pick up the slack for Boogie.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:39 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Boogie is going to be traded- It’s only a matter of time, starting July 1st.

        • GDUBinDC 5:42 PM on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I was kinda thinkin’ the same thing, Matt … maybe they end up makin’ a deal with the evil Greenies after all. We’ll see.

  • havoc 1:54 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink  

    This would be a nice addition to a rebuild team. Trading one of our veterans for him

    Ken Berger
    NBA Insider
    Seeking frontcourt help, Kings willing to put Nik Stauskas in deal
    January 15, 2015 4:00 pm ET

    Nik Stauskus (USATSI) Sacrameneto’s Nik Stauskas is averaging 3.6 points per game. (USATSI)

    Determined to find an upgrade to complement inside force DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings are seeking frontcourt help in a trade and are willing to discuss first-round pick Nik Stauskas in the deal, league sources told CBSSports.com.

    The Kings want to pair Cousins with a frontline player who would fit with his post-up skills — either a stretch four or above-the-rim defender, sources said. They’ve fielded numerous calls about Stauskas, whose opportunities have been limited with the steadily improving play of Ben McLemore.

    Sacramento thus far has rebuffed teams inquiring about Stauskas, the sharpshooter from Michigan whom they selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft. But the Kings’ motivation to put a “high-level” player next to Cousins on the front line has heightened, making them finally willing to include Stauskas in trade talks.

    The Kings have the expiring contracts of Derrick Williams and Reggie Evans to include in such a deal, pushing the potential salary of an incoming player into the $10-$11 million range. A wing defender also is a target of Sacramento’s front office, but league sources say the team is willing to address that need later and is prioritizing bolstering its frontcourt first.

    Forward Jason Thompson has long been available in trade talks, but a deal involving Thompson likely would happen separately. The Kings are trying to move him, but Thompson’s contract will be more valuable this summer or at next season’s trade deadline heading into 2016-17, when only $2.7 million of his $6.8 million will be guaranteed.

    The Kings are 5-9 since firing coach Michael Malone and replacing him with lead assistant Tyrone Corbin on Dec. 15 and are 5 1-2 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the West.


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:49 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good article, havoc. I would love to get Stauskas. He could be the next Reddick. Better than a draft pick. It would probably take Hill and Davis to pull off the deal but it would be worth it if the Kings bit.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:55 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hill and Davis????
        Dude, do you really dislike all bigs who aren’t floor stretchers?
        It would be REALLY stupid to get rid of Davis- boy can play, is young, and isn’t going to make huge money this summer.

        • GDUBinDC 7:32 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Totally agree, Matt. U need to post more often if u can.

      • therealhtj 4:09 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Jimmer 2.0. Think the kings woulda learned the first time around.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:56 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Davis will opt out for sure as hell he’ll be due for a big raise. We have only enough money for two max players. We may not want to match what offers he gets and he likely won’t want to wait.

      • MongoSlade 5:22 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I would give Davis a Swaggy contract, just like we should have offered to Meeks. Relatively cheap but solid support players. Sometimes 2 doubles are just as good as a homerun.

        • GDUBinDC 7:33 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Wholeheartedly agree, Mongo. I wanted them to keep Jodie, too, and y’all already know how I feel about Big Ed … pay the man.

          • Magicman (Editor) 7:36 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yup, I third that. Miss M33KS. Always gave his all on both ends. Competed. Can’t say that about Swaggy every night.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:40 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So, you’re going to go for the big fish, strike out again and be left with this same disaster next year?
        Wait, sorry.
        Kobe, who can play 20 games, TWO unproven Rookies in Randle and Cauley Stein plus D- Leaguers.
        Great plan.

        • MongoSlade 5:47 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Didn’t you hear?
          We’re signing the entire Western Conference All Star Team in the next 2 years….

          • mclyne32 (Director) 6:24 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, really.
            EVERYONE wants to sign with the Lakers!!!!

        • Magicman (Editor) 5:51 PM on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s okay Matt.

          A few of of us will get smelling salts a couple of shovels. We’ll grab Mikan and Wilt. We’ll deep freeze them and use Modern DNA techniques to make them 25 again.

          It can’t fail!!!

  • havoc 3:54 PM on July 22, 2014 Permalink  

    Report: Kevin Love Trade To Cavaliers ‘Deal Is Done’; No Timetable Given

    Anyone is capable of landing a big news scoop, not just the usual suspects at the major outlets. So when somebody claims to have inside information before anyone else, it is worth noting — just take it with a sizable grain of salt. A trade that would send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers is “done,” Portland, Maine sports anchor Travis Lee tweeted Tuesday, citing a “trusted source in the industry.” If true, this wouldn’t be completely shocking news, since Love has been connected in trade rumors with the Cavs for weeks, but it still would be a major development. Love has been on the trade block for months amid speculation he will opt out of his contract at the end of the season and leave the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent. The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors reportedly have been pushing hard to make a deal, but the Cavs became a late favorite when LeBron James agreed to sign there about two weeks ago. One thing worth mentioning, however, is that there was no story on WMTW-TV’s website late Tuesday morning mentioning the Love report, which would amount to a significant scoop for the station.

    Read more at: http://nesn.com/2014/07/report-kevin-love-trade-to-cavaliers-deal-is-done-no-timetable-given/

  • havoc 8:29 AM on July 17, 2014 Permalink  

    Eric Bledsoe, Suns not close to deal

    The future of one of the most talented free agents left on the market remains cloudy as Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns remain far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation.

    Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesEric Bledsoe is coming off a career season but is not close to a long-term deal with the Suns.

    Bledsoe’s representatives have been engaged in discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns’ offer is far below what Bledsoe is looking for.

    A restricted free agent who averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season, Bledsoe is reportedly looking for a max contract.

    The belief that the Suns will match any offer Bledsoe receives from a competing club has deterred teams from aggressively pursuing the 24-year-old point guard. Phoenix has thus far refused to discuss potential sign-and-trade opportunities.

    But the Suns’ completion of a sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas, along with the drafting of point guard Tyler Ennis, has potential suitors believing Phoenix may move on from Bledsoe, league sources said.

    The Milwaukee Bucks have been mentioned as a team with interest in Bledsoe, and Sacramento and Houston, which recently traded away Jeremy Lin, could be in the market for a point guard.


  • havoc 8:23 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink  

    We can’t get Bledsoe or Lance Stephenson now do we?

    • 63Footer 8:26 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only thing that might change is a S&T with Pau and picking up someone(s) that way.

      • havoc 8:30 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        hope we can do a better deal and pick up a quality 2nd tier player

        • keen observer 8:49 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’re out of cap space and the dumbest thing to do would be to stretch Nash and overpay someone. What the Lakers did was very, very clear: punt.

    • LakerTom 8:43 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We might waive and spread Nash to open up $8-10M to offer Lance but it doesn’t seem as if we are very interested in him. We still need a real center and small forward, although Kobe could play the 3 if we got Lance. Spreading Nash also costs us $3.2M in 2015 and 2016 and it’s obvious the Lakers are not going to abandon their superstar at any cost direction. I think Mitch has 1 or 2 moves still left.

      • havoc 8:46 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        do we get the 1st round pick for 2015 from the Bulls if we do the S&T for Pau or not? i hope Mitch make a right move coz the way i am looking at our roster right now, it would make us lottery bound again

    • keen observer 8:47 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They don’t want to overpay any of these guys and I don’t blame them. I bet Lance winds up in Charlotte now on a ridiculous 12 mil per deal or something like that. Now that the dust has settled, it makes complete sense for the Lakers to punt ’til 2015 and gather a few assets. A bottom 3 finish next season, which is very possible, could put them in the Jahlil Okafor sweepstakes. So be it.

      • havoc 8:52 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i was watching the highlights of those involve in 2015 draft class and it is pretty deep..i think they are focusing on Jalil Okafor..I guess it is ok that the Lakers are not in panic mode right now..let’s just wait and see what the remaining moves will be

      • MongoSlade 8:58 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        $12 mill for Stephenson isn’t an overpay.
        Unless we get with the same amount of injuries as last season, there’s very little chance we end up with a bottom 5 record…which is the only way we keep our pick. As bad as we were last season we still weren’t bottom 5.

        Eventually, we’re gonna sign a guy in Lance’s talent & salary level.
        No reason why we shouldn’t have done it this year.

        • LakerTom 9:08 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Still chasing the superstar based lineup, which has always been the Lakers style. Personally, I might have preferred to go the direction of Bledsoe and Stephenson. My worry is once again not having any valuable chips to trade for available superstar players like Love who become available. And, as a result, not having a roster good enough to attract free agents to come to the Lakers. Having Bledsoe & Stephenson on roster could trump cap space to get Durant.

          There are still a couple moves left which could change the final outcome. I like the idea of Dunleavy and a first rounder from the Bulls if we could get it. We need a small forward and Mike has always been a good long range shooter.The key is to somehow keep our MLE and BAE. Mitch can still serve an ace or two. We still need a small forward and center. And another pick would be great.

          • MongoSlade 9:18 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Even if you had Bledsoe & Stephenson, you could still sign KD in 2016.
            Even if you only sign Lance, you still have cap space next season.
            It’s becoming clear that once we didn’t get Melo, the Plan B was to just kick the can down the road and hope for the best….again

            • LakerTom 9:51 AM on July 12, 2014 Permalink

              About the only thing you can say is the options for 2015 and 2016 are impossible to predict. I just wish we focused on acquiring assets to deal with as well as making us a more attractive landing place as far as having a talented roster.

              I will say that I do like the Lin deal and not only for the picks and flexibility. I like Jeremy’s game and I think he will be a very positive addition. I also love bringing Nick back. He has won me over. Love his attitude and game too.

              I might not have spent the money on Hill. Don’t know if you saw Ding’s Tweet to the effect that the Lakers were not happy with Jordan’s poor physical conditioning that led to very inconsistent play or his lazy defensive rotations that infuriated the coaches.

              Anyway, Mitch still needs to pull a couple of more rabbits from the hat. We need a small forward and center. Where are we going to get them?

  • havoc 10:56 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink  

    Kevin Love ‘intrigued’ by Cavaliers

    Updated: July 11, 2014, 1:55 PM ET
    ESPN.com news services

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is “intrigued” by the idea of being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and would commit long term to the team, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

    The Cavaliers have opened talks by offering guard Dion Waiters, forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

    Love said during a June 11 appearance on ESPN’s “SportsNation “that it “burns me and hurts my heart” that he hasn’t made the playoffs in six seasons in the NBA.

    But in Cleveland, Love would pair with young point guard Kyrie Irving and four-time MVP LeBron James, who told SI.com on Friday that he is returning to the Cavaliers.

    In his last public comments on his future with Timberwolves on June 11, Love stopped short of confirming that he’s determined to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

    “My agent is handling everything at this point … I’m hoping that everything works out for all parties involved,” Love said.

    The 25-year-old Love, a three-time All-Star and former rebounding champion, averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season.

    The Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors discussed a trade involving Love up until the NBA draft on June 26, but a deal didn’t materialize.

    After it initially appeared the Warriors were prepared to part with shooting guard Klay Thompson in order to land Love, sources told ESPN.com that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves, along with former All-Star forward David Lee, for Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.


  • havoc 10:51 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink  

    Carmelo down to Knicks, Bulls


    • 63Footer 10:52 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Um, sauces again? I don’t think Melo’s coming here, but I don’t buy Smith’s “sauces.” He’s a maroon. BUT, we need to get crackin’.

      • DJ2KB24 10:59 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think we are cracking! Just tank again! Since Doc passed, these kids and Mitch have been wrong at every turn, they’ve ruined the Laker image! I think Love will be traded to the Cavs and Bron has figured another great 4 years. It may be a long time for the Laker rebuild, if ever? I just don’t know. Laker fan for 40 years and I’m about fed up!

        • LakerTom 1:11 PM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You can always become a Clippers and Mets fan, DJ.
          Why not try and look at things in a positive light? What a concept.

    • havoc 10:53 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah..it is time to stop waiting and start with finding the players that will fit with Kobe

  • havoc 9:55 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: http://www.lakersnation.com/nba-rumors-knicks-now-freaked-out-about-carmelo-anthony-situation/2014/07/11/   

    NBA Rumors: Knicks Now ‘Freaked Out’ About Carmelo Anthony Situation
    Posted by: Dan Duangdao Posted date: July 11, 2014 In: NBA News, Rumors |

    CARMELO ANTHONY FREE AGENCY RUMORS – NEW YORK KNICKS – Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will attempt to re-sign Melo this summer, but all signs appear to be pointing to the superstar heading elsewhere.

    With free agents officially able to sign new contracts since Thursday, Carmelo Anthony has yet to make a decision. While the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers were considered the favorites, the All-Star has “regained interest” in the Chicago Bulls.

    As a result, the Knicks are now “freaked out” about re-signing Anthony according to ESPN’s Marc Stein via Basketball Insiders’ Tommy Beer:

    After meeting with the Lakers, Anthony met with the Knicks and the franchise was not able to get a commitment from him. While Anthony was expected to make his decision as early as Sunday, this delay has apparently worried New York — especially with Phil Jackson not receiving responses back from him since.

    For the Lakers, the franchise is put in a bit of a difficult position as they wait for Anthony’s decision. While Kobe Bryant is confident about the team’s Plan B should his friend sign elsewhere, they could potentially lose out on some key free agents.

    While the Lakers are solely focused on signing Anthony, Plan B could include players like Greg Monroe, Trevor Ariza, Lance Stephenson, and Isaiah Thomas to name a few.


    • havoc 9:57 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They should not freak-out coz he is coming back. Like others say, he does not leave money on the table

      • Magicman 9:59 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lebron went to Cleveland though. Makes Melo reconsider if he can get out of the East.

      • mclyne32 10:03 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I hope he bolts for Chicago and we finally sign Lance and Isaiah.

    • 63Footer 9:57 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Melo better get off his azz and commit somewhere so we can move on with our lives.

    • mclyne32 9:57 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Let Melo go to Chicago so we can move on and sign Lance and Isaiah.

    • havoc 10:05 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i am with you guys on that..let Melo decide now and choose where he wants to play so that Lakers can now move and select who they want to have for next season

    • GDUBinDC 11:14 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think his best bet would be to go with the Bulls, he’d have a much better shot at reaching the finals there I beleive, provided DRose is close to his old self and can remain healthy.

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