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  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 5:21 PM on December 9, 2018 Permalink |  

    NBA Rumors: Lakers Pursuing Trevor Ariza Trade In Three-Team Deal 

    The Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in talks trying to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN.

    The teams have been working to reach an agreement with a third team that would take on Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially larger deal, league sources said.

    The Suns want to land a playmaking guard and a draft asset as the price of unloading Ariza, sources said. Phoenix and Los Angeles have made progress in third-team scenarios, although no agreements are close and both teams remain active in multiple trade discussions throughout the league, sources said.

    No trade can be completed officially until Saturday, when players like Ariza, who were signed in summer free agency, become eligible to be traded.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:31 PM on December 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good news. Lakers not content to stand pat while LeBron’s clock is running. KCP for Ariza would be important upgrade for Lakers. Let’s hope Rob can pull it off.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:04 AM on November 10, 2018 Permalink  

    Timberwolves agree to trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers 

    After a standoff that has stretched into the first part of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

    Butler and the Sixers expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, league sources told ESPN. The Sixers made the trade to add Butler to a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

    The Timberwolves will receive a package that includes Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a second-round pick, sources said, and Minnesota will also send Justin Patton to Philadelphia.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:06 AM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Could of sent KCP Hart and a 1st… :(

      • John M.

        John M. 12:00 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Or not:

        The Timberwolves accomplished one goal in the trade, league sources said: sending Butler to the Eastern Conference and not to a Western rival.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:55 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          A month from now. Josh Hart may be in Jimmy Butler’s league as a player in 2 years. Stay tuned.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:44 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The downside of the to all of our one year deals is early season trades. KPC and the others won’t be eligible to trade until 12/15. It would have taken almost all of our kids to match salaries. Which would have been way to much, especially when you see what the 76ers has to give up. Another example of how sacred cap space isn’t necessarily the best route to take. If we had extended Randle a year ago when he was eligible we would have had an attractive trade piece with a salary to round out a deal. The same will apply if another star hits the market. Even after the 15th Randle would have been a better trade piece then KCP.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:41 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Excellent points, Michael.

        It was always a long shot that the Wolves would keep Jimmy until December 15th, even though they might have gotten more for him then because of all the free agents from last summer being able to be traded. Once we traded Deng, we no longer had anything to match salaries other than all of our kids. It’s having signed a contract as a free agent that makes them wait until Dec 15th to be traded, not the length of the contract. Randle would have to wait until Dec 15.

        Having those capable veterans with $8M to $12M salaries are a valuable commodity in this league if you want to trade for a superstar, especially if the team you’re trading with doesn’t want to completely rebuild with draft picks. The reality is the Wolves got great value for Jimmy and the 76ers are taking a big gamble that Jimmy will stay, which will likely depend on how the team performs. The game was worth it because they knew they didn’t have enough to compete with just young Embiid and Simmons. Good gamble. Jimmy should be a great fit.

        By the way, didn’t see you chime in on my Rondo for Randle trade. I’m coming full circle on Julius.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 3:03 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Give me a break, Michael. We just got Tyson Chandler 10 games into the season for nothing. We’ll be fine. We’re watching LeBron Help the Youth Develop, not Playoff LeBron right now. Have some patience. There’s more to come.

        For the record, KCP is getting a ridiculously bad rap in Lakerland. He’s adjusting to a new role and is simply off to a slow start. He is a true, modern day shooting guard and an asset to this roster, whether he’s playing or is traded.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 3:09 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sup MH,

        I understand your point but…Randle wasn’t playing well back then; or let me put in a better way: His style of play wasn’t what Magic was looking for, which I understand as well. Most of Julius “good perfomances” were him going to the paint and doing some hero-ball. BAck then, I’m not sure Magic had LBJ-to-Lakers set in stone so he didn’t want 1/2 court Julius. Besides, his effort on D were poor. Sure, he has room for improvement but I’m not sure what Julius we would have on the hardwood knowing he’s a trade bait.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:53 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      Sorry about that. I was going to but the whole birthday thing came up along with some good beach weather. You know I would love To have Randle back. I just don’t know if they would do it. Lonzo has to look a lot better on a consistent level before they would consider moving Rondo. Plus a realistic back up would have to emerge. They could use BI I guess but I like him better at the 2 or 3. And Lance can be a ball stopper. Bonga probably won’t be ready. This summer there will be money out there and I don’t know if we could keep Randle after everything that happened. I don’t know if I would trade for him if I wasn’t sure we could keep him.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:44 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good points, Michael. And glad you had a fun birthday.

        My latest pipe dream is Isaac Bonga. I think he is developing so fast he may get some play in the second half of this year and will definitely have a shot at backup point guard next season. His upside both as a scorer, playmaker, and defender are off the charts in my opinion. He will ultimately be the Lakers’ steal of this draft.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:47 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s a pretty good deal for both sides; Saric & Covington can play.
      Sixers have their Big 3 for the foreseeable future (Butler will sign a max; that’s why he wanted to be traded instead of waiting for free agency.) Imagine if they had taken Tatum instead of Fultz…

      Is it me or is the top half of the East suddenly better than the West? Kinda feels like it….

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:56 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No sense for Minny to wait until mid-December to trade him in conference, decent ha for them (players capable of helping them now, pick for the future) and Jimmy’s on the east coast. Good deal all around all things considered.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:35 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers reach agreement on buyout with Luol Deng 

    Veteran forward Luol Deng and the Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement on a buyout, league sources told ESPN.

    Los Angeles was projecting to have $25 million in salary-cap space for the 2019-20 season. That number will increase to the $36 million to $38 million range once the Deng buyout is completed, giving the Lakers room for another max-contract player next summer.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:20 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Luol Deng’s contract pays out $18.0M for 2018-19 and $18.8M for 2019-20. The pay reduction he agrees to take will be applied pro rata (49% to 2018-19, and 51% to 2019-20), and then remaining 2019-20 salary will be stretched over 3 seasons (through 21-22). -- Signed, some unverified dude on twitter but sounds legit

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 10:25 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The word from Ramona was Luol was upset at the notion that he took money over career integrity. While I don’t doubt he believed that, he was already a spent fighter and he hadn’t realized it yet. Hopefully, he really wanted to prove he has something left in the tank and gave back generously to gain his freedom. More buyout = more money for FA next summer, not to mention a freed up roster spot.

        I think he’ll be great in the Big 3 next summer, but the notion that contenders will be lining up to sign him is laughable.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 10:26 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Every 5.9mil worth of buyout discount = 1 mil in cap space next summer.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:58 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • John M.

      John M. 11:55 AM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Win-win. I hope he gets to play somewhere, as long as he doesn’t beat us :).

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:10 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He gave up $7.5M. That’s a good amount.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:10 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He gave up $7.5M. That’s a good amount.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:15 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting move by the Lakers. Bottom line, they saved $7.5 million, opened up a roster spot to add another player, and opened up $38 million in potential cap space for next summer. Be interesting to see what happens with the open roster spot and whether that was part of the Lakers’ motivation to do the deal right now.

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:47 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The cap space next summer is exactly why this deal was made. Even W&Sing him wouldn’t have opened up quite enough cap space to after KD. Only players with less than 9 years of service would have fit into that number. Good move for both parties.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 2:09 PM on August 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Durant I mean as great a player… 

    “Durant, I mean, as great a player as he is, I would still hold back because, man, he joined a team that really didn’t need him. You know what I mean?” “He’s right there with LeBron [James], probably will surpass LeBron as the best player in the game soon. But for him doing that, I still don’t give him the full credit that he probably would have deserved if he stayed with [the Oklahoma City Thunder] and won a title with that team.” – Frazier

    Frazier was asked whether Durant’s success with Golden State — two NBA titles and two Finals MVP awards — would affect where he’d rank him on a list of all-time great players.

    “He’s going to be down the list for me because of that. There will be an asterisk by his name”

    Agree with this 100%…not to mention he’s a cupcake fool on social media lol

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:46 PM on August 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Been saying the same thing since he won his first with the Dubs.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 5:52 PM on August 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ring chaser. His right to do so. Too bad he didn’t stick with OKC. At the same time, I’ll take next year, lol!

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:46 AM on August 29, 2018 Permalink  

    NBA, NCAA, players association align as step toward one-and-done rule elimination 

    In a significant step toward the elimination of the one-and-done rule, basketball’s biggest stakeholders have come together to make an unprecedented agreement that will allow the NBA to begin formally working with the nation’s top teenagers to help prepare them for pro careers.

    The NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday they have come together to extend their support of USA Basketball and its Junior National Team.


  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 12:18 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink  

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey: LeBron best ever ‘by a bit of a big margin’ 

    Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is a stats guru. He says he has checked the numbers and there’s no question: LeBron James is the best player in the history of the NBA “by a bit of a big margin.”

    Talking Wednesday in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Morey said, “You look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down. You don’t need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.

    “But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he’s had, frankly I think at this point it’s become a bit of a big margin, actually, where he’s come out ahead. I know that’s a little controversial.”

    Morey has spent 12 seasons with the Rockets, 11 as head of basketball operations. With a background in computer science with an emphasis on statistics, he has built a Rockets team that had the best regular-season record in the NBA in 2017-18.

    Talking about the Los Angeles Lakers’ outlook next season with the addition of James, Morey said, “I would expect, I hope, that we’re ahead of them and I would expect Golden State to be ahead of them, but I would never count out a LeBron James team. He is the greatest ever in my mind.”

    As the debate over Michael Jordan versus James as the greatest of all time continues unabated, ESPN looked at the numbers in May and found that James was closing fast on Jordan. The factors considered were championships added, regular-season versus playoffs stats and quality of play.

    James has three titles to Jordan’s six, and four MVP titles to Jordan’s five. At 33, James continues to play at near-peak levels deep into his career. ESPN’s conclusion was that to the extent it’s close now, James’ eventual superiority is all but inevitable.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:27 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What most of the analysts are missing completely is that LeBron could still have 5 or 6 years left and could win 3 or 4 more championship rings. When he retires, he will clearly be the GOAT.

      • mud

        mud 5:48 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        he may or may not be a goat, i always thought he was human, but he is ONE of the greatest to ever lave ’em up, along with Wilt, MJ and Kobe. i don’t give a d**n about stats. he’s more than good enough to ignore stats, good or bad.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:36 PM on August 3, 2018 Permalink  

    One guy is feeding taking care of and… 

    One guy is feeding, taking care of, and providing through college for kids while the other is seperating them from their parents and putting them in detention centers for profit.

    Anyone who supports this deplorable human needs to check their moral compass.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:42 AM on August 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bigotry and jealousy rearing their ugly heads once again! He’s destroying our democratic institutions, the rule of law means nothing and he’s shredding the Constitution, yet the GOP elected officials do absolutely nothing about it. Children who have never known any other President are exposed to this. This is simply vile, disgusting and an outrage that is it actually still going on. And shame on Twitter for allowing it to continue.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:03 PM on July 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Svi signs 3 year $4.6m Deal 

    The Los Angeles Lakers and No. 47 overall pick Svi Mykhailiuk are finalizing a three-year, $4.6 million rookie contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The deal will include a team option.

    Mykhailiuk has been impressive for the Lakers in summer league, averaging 13.2 points on 37.5 percent 3-point shooting in five games in Las Vegas and Sacramento. He has totaled 32 points and six 3-pointers in two games in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk represents another potential two-way rotation player for the Lakers.

    Mykhailiuk, 21, played four seasons at Kansas and is a native of Ukraine.


    • mud

      mud 10:13 AM on July 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah, he signed last week.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:40 AM on July 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love this kid. He’s going to make Luke have to find a place to play him. We may see Hart play some backup small forward to give Svi minutes backing up KCP, who’s going to have to bring his A game if he wants to hang onto his starting shooting guard gig.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:49 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink  

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:50 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody trading for that contract!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:52 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Addition by subtraction

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:55 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Huestis and Ferguson are to raw to make up for his production in the aggregate.

        Overall, better move. Agreed.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 4:02 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Player option second year.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:03 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Less money than Clarkson’s still due. 1 year of Luol. SMH.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:04 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess Boogie’s coming here!
      I will be really rooting for NOLA now.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:05 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good money for Ju…wish him the best

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:05 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is going to be a nasty front line.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:06 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That pretty much closes the Boogie door there.

    • p ang

      p ang 4:08 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      a strange case of swap: Randle for Rondo, dollar for dollar.

      benefits both.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 4:09 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One year deal better for the Lakers. Now trade Lonzo and Deng for picks to ATL.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:10 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Apparently we don’t want him period. $18 Mil for 2 years? Seems a bit low.

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:18 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Recall when Ariza’s agent pushed to boost his salary from us, we went with Ronny Artest and he ended up settling, too. Sometimes you get the bear and other times the bear gets you. I don’t think this particular agent wanted to deal with LA. maybe he has a rivalry with Rob Pelinka, maybe he doesn’t like the colors purple and gold, who knows but I don’t think we were going to get that deal.

    • John M.

      John M. 4:10 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Consolation prize for not getting traded to Cleveland, which has now been rightly restored to its proper place in the pecking order.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:27 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Sources Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle hasn’t… 

    Sources: Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle hasn’t yet received an offer from L.A., but has excitement for arrival of LeBron James. Randle’s representatives and the Lakers are expected to speak Monday, hopeful of potential offer to retain him.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Three subjects to be discussed today when the Lakers meet Randle:

      1. What do Randle and Lakers think about his fit with LeBron? That’s the big question because you need floor spacers to open up lanes for LeBron to attack the rim. Randle is great in full court but how does his half court game fit with the Lakers. Would he be willing to come back as primarily a small ball center.

      2. Would he be interested in signing a 1-year contract for $15-$20M? It would be a great opportunity to showcase his skills on a LeBron led Lakers playoff team. Does not look like Julius has a big pay day set up so this might be a good path for both sides.

      3. Would he be interested in then possibly being traded to the Spurs in a sign-and-trade for Kawhi. Again, return to his home state of Texas playing for the great Popovich.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:48 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With the mavs signing DAJ & the nets signing Ed Davis the market dried up kinda quick for Ju..not many options for him now. Bad for him but good for the Lakers…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:55 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like Pincus’ earlier suggestion of Randle accepting the QO with a ‘promise’ to be taken care of with a big contract next season if all goes well. Might be best Julius could find. Or they could throw some money his way to keep him happier and motivated.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 11:10 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’d all like that, but I’m pretty sure Ju didn’t kill himself for a contract last year just to be told he’ll have to wait again. Don’t forget that a QO essentially gives him a no-trade clause. What might be interesting would be him having to settle for a very reasonable, tradeable contract.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 11:12 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I can’t see him signing for 5mill until the market completely dries up. Promises mean nothing…they could easily dump him next summer if they need that cap space.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:49 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Check out @wojespn’s Tweet https twitter com wojespn… 

    Elfrid Payton has agreed to a deal with the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:02 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after LeBron James acquisition 

    Only the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors have better championship odds than the Lakers at the Westgate. The Warriors are odds-on favorites at -110 to three-peat.

    The Boston Celtics, like the Lakers, are 7-2. The Houston Rockets, at 7-1, are the only other team with single-digit odds.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:29 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    LeBron James representatives to meet with Sixers 

    A high-level Philadelphia 76ers contingent is meeting with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources told ESPN.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:03 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    • mud

      mud 10:49 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      says you, it wasn’t worth it.

      maybe Magic got $500,000 of joy out of it. it wasn’t your money.

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