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Report: Jimmy Butler to Opt-out of 76ers Contract; Lakers Have Genuine...

Chris Szagola/Associated Press In an expected move, star wing Jimmy Butler will decline his $19.8 million player option for the 2019-20 season and will hit free agency, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.   Haynes noted the "Sixers were prepared for this decision," adding the Los Angeles Lakers "have genuine interest" in Butler. The trip to…

Kyrie Irving Rumors: Kobe Bryant Recruiting Star to Lakers; Nets Still...

Gary Dineen/Getty Images Kyrie Irving will be a hot commodity when he hits free agency, but the Los Angeles Lakers apparently have a secret weapon to try to convince the Boston Celtics point guard to sign with them. On Tuesday's episode of The Herd, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher said Kobe Bryant has been recruiting Irving…

RJ Barrett 2019 NBA Draft Rumors: Duke Star Prefers to Play...

Alex Brandon/Associated Press Duke forward RJ Barrett, projected to be a top-three pick in the 2019 NBA draft, would prefer to play for the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.  The Knicks and Lakers hold the Nos. 3 and 4 selections, respectively. The New Orleans Pelicans figure to…

Windhorst: ‘Drop That Notion’ LeBron James Was Influencing Lakers Coaching Hire

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press LeBron James reportedly didn't have a say in the Los Angeles Lakers' hiring of new head coach Frank Vogel.  According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, "Anyone who erroneously believed James was influencing the coach hire can drop that notion." The Lakers had a fascinating coaching search. The team's first two candidates, Monty Williams…

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NBA Agent: Clippers ‘Have Stuff That Sets Them Apart’ from Lakers...

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images The Los Angeles Clippers are focused on their postseason series with the Golden State Warriors, but they are rapidly becoming one of the most intriguing potential destinations for free agents this summer. Per The Athletic's Jovan Buha, one NBA agent explained why the Clippers are better positioned than the Los Angeles Lakers…

Magic Johnson’s Exit the Best Thing That Could’ve Happened to Him...

Harry How/Getty Images Magic Johnson said he didn't want to cry. The tears started to well up anyway Tuesday, as Johnson stunned the basketball world with his sudden resignation as president of the Los Angeles Lakers. The impromptu press conference at Staples Center was by turns strange, meandering and emotional. But sadness was not the…

Magic Johnson Announces He Will Step Down as Lakers Pres. of...

Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press Magic Johnson announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his role as the Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, per Bill Oram of The Athletic. He discussed his decision with reporters in a surprise press conference: NBA TV @NBATVBREAKING: Magic Johnson has stepped down as Lakers' President of Basketball Operations. https://t.co/yrHkguOO02…

Highlights: Russell Westbrook Erupts for 20-20-20 Triple-Double vs. Lakers

Devin Booker Makes History with Scoring Tear 29 Years Ago, Jordan Dropped Career-High 69 Points Bosh Is Getting His Jersey Raised to the Rafters in Miami Steph Returns to Houston for 1st Time Since His Moon Landing Troll Lou Williams Is Coming for a Repeat of Sixth Man of the Year Pat Beverley Has the…

Kobe Bryant Advises LeBron James to ‘Keep Pushing’ Amidst Lakers Struggles

Chris Carlson/Associated Press Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant lamented the team's injury woes that played a key role in derailing the 2018-19 season and said he'd tell current Lakers superstar LeBron James to "keep pushing" despite a disappointing first year in L.A. Bryant sat down with ESPN's Mike Greenberg on Wednesday's edition of Get…
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