Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
This is pretty remarkable. It’s not really worth anything other than the fact that Shaq spent a lot of years in the league and played for plenty of teams. Nevertheless, it’s Lakers news!
Every year since '84, there's been a player in the finals that spent time on a team with @Shaq. With LeBron out of the playoffs, can the streak continue? Scoop Jackson takes a look at this incredible streak. pic.twitter.com/n5hwYUd3OE— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) May 26, 2019
Of course it’s a long shot, but the fact Windhorst believes he’s considering it, even MacMullen having to do her homework to “dismiss” it - means there’s something to the rumor.
"I did a little digging around and my feeling is very strongly that while LeBron and Kyrie have kissed and made up, that Kyrie is not going there," MacMullan said. "He's just not. I just don't believe it. And I think people close to him just don't believe it either."
Friday, May 24, 2019
LeBron has reportedly spoken with Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard about joining him in Los Angeles. Is Butler at the top of his list? I can think of a few guys I’d rather get, unless he knows they won’t join him?
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Leave it to a diehard Lakers fan to be disappointed after jumping up to having the 4th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Lakers were supposed to have the 11th pick if it went by record, the fact that we jumped up to the 4th pick should have me ecstatic.
The problem is once we saw that the Lakers jumped to the remaining 4 teams, you felt as though you had a real chance of walking away with the 1st overall pick. What an amazing turn of events that would have been, it would have been the answer to all of the troubles we’ve faced all season. The Lakers being on the front page of every virtual newspaper for all the wrong reasons would have completely reversed. So yeah, I was still disappointed, but can you blame me?
Anyways, here we will outline the best options the Lakers have on draft night in order.
4. Actually use the draft pick to draft a player. This seems like the forgotten option for the Lakers as it seems Rob Pelinka is bound to find a trade to package it with. This draft has been seen as being a 3 player draft who can impact a franchise for years to come, with the rest having a ceiling of just being starters or role players. The problem with that theory is there are usually players taken later that end up surprising us in the end. Take Devin Booker for example, he was drafted 13th in the 2015 NBA draft and is having a far better career than at least 9 of the players drafted ahead of him. If the Lakers do actually get to draft at 4 and don’t trade it, they should look for a risky player with a high ceiling. It may not pan out, but when they do they are special. Take our very own Kobe Bryant for instance, he was drafted at the 13th pick as well. Now he’s regarded with the likes of Michael Jordan as one of the greatest of all time.
3. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft for a role player in their prime who can help win right now. This is highly unlikely, but still an option on the table. The thought here would be to get a guard who can shoot, but doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, and a team who is willing to move off of them without asking too much in return. Another reason this is unlikely is the lack of guards with low salary that are worth a pick that high. Move on.
2. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft for an all-star or near all-star caliber player. This would have to be executed properly as the Lakers (if they would still plan on signing a max player this off-season) would need to send a package of players as to not cut too much into the available salary cap space. Bradley Beal’s name has been thrown out there recently, who carries a $27mil+ salary with him. Who is actually on the books that you could pair with the pick to make the money work? There is nobody unless you either do a sign and trade or package multiple players.
1. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft along with a package deal for Anthony Davis. It should not be surprising that this is the top option for the Lakers. The question of course remains of how interested the Pelicans are in what the Lakers can offer. The Brandon Ingram health scare undoubtedly makes him difficult to trade or in the very least gives opposing teams leverage in negotiations for him. Anthony Davis remains the unicorn for the Lakers this summer. If we can land AD, the perception of a franchise in disarray and feeling of hopelessness for the future seemingly goes away instantly. Additionally, the Lakers would still have $30 million to sign a major name in Free Agency as well or use that for legitimate role players.
There’s no real right or wrong answer to this great problem the Lakers have of unexpectedly having the fourth overall pick. You just don’t want to see the Lakers give up the pick for pennies on the dollar, just to “do something” (see, Zubac to Clippers trade).
Monday, May 20, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
The Lakers have decided they will not hire a President of Basketball Operations to replace Magic Johnson, a team source told ESPN.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 17, 2019
General manager Rob Pelinka will continue in his role, reporting directly to ownership. Pelinka had previously reported to Johnson
Friday, May 17, 2019
Per the “over my dead body” reports out there regarding Gayle Benson, the Lakers and Anthony Davis.— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) May 17, 2019
I have spoken to Gayle.
She laughed at the report and called it “totally absurd,” and “completely untrue.”@wdsu @basketballtalk @Rachel__Nichols pic.twitter.com/IXE2ck1VNv
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has informed the Los Angeles Lakers that he is "moving on" and will no longer be in the running for the team's head-coaching vacancy, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith revealed on SportsCenter that the Lakers had offered Lue a three-year deal with an annual salary in the range of $6 million. Lue reportedly wanted five years, according to Turner.
Discussions have included talks on contract and assistant coaching staff, sources said. Among Lakers hopes on a Lue staff: Jason Kidd. He made a strong impression with management in his head coaching interview and had a productive history w/ Bucks developing young talent. https://t.co/uQxTjqWAm7— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 8, 2019
Negotiations between the Los Angeles Lakers and Ty Lue have reached an impasse without a deal to make him the franchise’s next head coach, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 8, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
"If they come with a five-year, $190 million max deal for Klay Thompson, that's done on July 1 — he's going into the new building with Steph Curry," Wojnarowski explained. "If they try to do anything less than that, you can expect Klay Thompson to be out in free agency. Watch not for the Lakers then, but the Clippers."
The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in the process of working on a contract agreement that would make Lue the franchise’s next head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lue, 42, has not accepted the position yet as both sides continue to focus on contractual parameters, sources said.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ty Lue and LeBron have spoken within the last few weeks, and of course 23 would welcome a reunion with his coach from the Cavs. But neither LeBron nor Rich Paul told the Lakers whom to hire as coach — per sources— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) May 3, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
There it is folks, the GOAT hath spoken. Phil Jackson comes out in favor of Tyronn Lue.
Former Lakers great championship coach Phil Jackson also suggested to owner Jeanie Buss that Ty Lue would be a really good coach for the Lakers, per sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) May 3, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
League sources say that the Suns' job will be Monty Williams' job if he wants it ... but Williams, as a coach in demand, has the rare ability to be choosy about where he wants to coach next— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 2, 2019
Wojnarowski made it clear where James stands in the matter during an appearance on NBA Countdown on Thursday night, though he noted the four-time league MVP is not getting involved in the matter. Wojnarowski noted that James' familiarity with Lue factors into his stance.