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  • 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.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 7:55 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Pelicans, Lakers call DeMarcus Cousins on Day 1 of free agency 

    New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins received phone calls from the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on the first day of NBA free agency on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.

    Cousins, a four-time All-Star, could meet with the Pelicans and Lakers on Sunday, but it is uncertain if such meetings would take place in person or over the phone. Cousins is currently in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

    A first-time unrestricted free agent, Cousins might be a stronger target for the LeBron James-seeking Lakers after free-agent guard Paul George decided to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a 35.4 percent 3-point shooting average last season in 48 games with the Pelicans. The two-time all-NBA selection, however, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 26 against the Houston Rockets. Cousins has been rehabilitating primarily in his offseason home of Las Vegas and has previously told The Undefeated that he could be ready by the start of training camp.

    “I’m looking forward to starting the season,” Cousins said. “That’s my own personal goal, so we’ll see what happens. That’s what I’m working on. The doctors haven’t really given me an answer because of the time I injured myself and the amount of time that I have.

    “It’s basically open field because I have so much time. But for me, I’m shooting to be ready for training camp.”

    Cousins also told The Undefeated that he is open to re-signing with the Pelicans but will make the best decision for himself.

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cousins could be re-signed by the Pelicans to a two-year deal. The Lakers, however, are a team that Cousins expressed interest in being traded to during his latter years with the Sacramento Kings.

    A source close to Cousins said it might be time for him to play on a big-market stage after playing in Sacramento and New Orleans.

    When previously asked about free agency, Cousins told The Undefeated: “I don’t plan on rushing through this process. I’m going to make the absolute best decision for DeMarcus Cousins. We’ll see what that is. As of right now, I don’t really know. I can’t answer that. Would I like to go back to New Orleans? I’m very open to that. I love what we created. I love what was created after I went down. I would love to be part of it. But I’m going to do what’s best for me, and I feel they’ll do the same.”

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:00 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As we’ve just seen with PG, it ain’t so easy to leave a situation where u already know the lay of the land and ur content with. I’ve heard very little about him looking to leave and if NO offers him anything close to max then he’ll most likely stay put..hope he comes but I’m not holding my breath

      Whole lot riding on Kawhi now it seems

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I do think you have to give OKC credit for selling PG on staying but you have to wonder how much LeBron’s presence was a positive and negative in his decision. Like I’ve been saying, there’s reasons guys want to play with him and reasons they don’t. PG wouldn’t get the kind of love in LA next to LeBron as he’ll get in OKC next to Russ. In the end, PG kind of wimped out and was likely not ready for prime time.

        It will be interesting to see if the lure to LA turns out to be false news with Boogie. While he’s been positive about wanting to return to NO, DeMarcus has also kept the door to leaving wide open and he has been rumored in the past to be interested in playing for the Lakers and in a bigger market, although that’s almost a negative at this point in time considering recent history. Boogie is a gamble I would be willing to take on right deal.

        How important is living where you want to live to a superstar like LeBron or Kawhi. Far as I am concerned, this year’s ‘Going to LA’ still has two out of three left in LeBron and Kawhi. I think LeBron is coming to LA regardless. He is scheduled to announce his decision Tuesday morning so it will be done before July 4th. Hard to imagine it’s not the Lakers or to deny that a big part of the decision was the City of Los Angeles and his family’s desire to be there.

        As for Kawhi, time to let the 76ers know you don’t want to go there and won’t re-sign if traded there. If he wants to come to the Lakers and play with LeBron, then that has to be his next stance. He needs to do everything in his power to enhance the Lakers leverage in this deal and force the Spurs to trade him to the Lakers. Otherwise, Kawhi better start shopping for long underwear because the 76ers are going to give the Spurs a good enough order to make a deal.

        As for the Lakers, like Kawhi Leonard, they need to learn from the Paul George situation and take action accordingly. DO NOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITRY PASS. That means upping the offer to Ingam and Kuzma. That’s an offer the Spurs would be fools to take over the 76ers offer. It has the perfect combination of able to contribute immediately and upside to become stars. Like it or not, the Lakers needs to step up to the plate and swing if they don’t want to strike out again.

        There’s still time for the Lakers to be the big winners in this free agency and the combination of trading for Kawhi and signing LeBron will enable them to build a better and deeper contending team than if they had been able to sign LeBron and PG as free agents. Bottom line, we’re still on course but now need to move aggressively to close a deal for both Kawhi and LeBron.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 10:33 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree with everything you said but I think if you go all in you have to go all in. Not only do you make that trade but you also gamble (I think it’s a great bet) and go hard after Cousins.

          Michael has laid out the reasons why over and over. If you are bringing in LeBron and trading for Kawhi you are doing so to win NOW. I’m glad PG isn’t coming as he wouldn’t made much more of a difference against the Warriors.

          Need to try a different approach and go big. We all saw what the Pelicans did. Not going to beat them on the perimeter, you need a guy exactly like Cousins. He’s versitle on offense and can create out of the post which I think would benefit and extend LeBron’s career. He gives us the best chance to beat the Warriors.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:13 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m willing to take that gamble, too, Sean. I just think you need to balance the contracts. I just posted Eric Pincus’ idea above. Let’s continue discussion there.

      • mud

        mud 10:50 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        there’s nothing waiting on Kahwi. if he comes, great. if not, great.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:03 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    DeMarcus Cousins sounds like an increasingly likely target for the Lakers on a short-term max contract now that it appears Los Angeles will lose out on Paul George, per league sources. In January 2017, LeBron James called Cousins “the best big man in our game.”

    -Marc Stein

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG is a weak minded lil punk who ran from the spotlight. He probably won’t even make an allstar game in the west. Lakers get 90% of his production from 25% of the money with BI, or far better with Kawhi.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:12 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m actually thrilled he ran. Playoff P pfff lol

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:14 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Never liked the idea of Paul George as a Laker. Thank Goodness.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:16 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He has been shown to be very soft when it really counts.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:22 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I had a post prepared. I thought if I let it play out he would reveal himself. :)

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