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Carmelo Anthony is being listed as "out" for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

Melo has likely played his last game for the Rockets, so we're going to switch his status to "out indefinitely" and he can be cut in all leagues. The Lakers, Trail Blazers and Heat are rumored to be interested in Anthony, but he's been so bad as of late, that we don't anticipate him turning things around this season.
Nov 15 - 11:21 AM

The Pelicans, Trail Blazers and Lakers have expressed interest in Carmelo Anthony should he be waived by the Rockets.

"I heard three teams that I think could be for Melo," Kevin O’Connor said. "And this could change, he’s still with Houston. I heard New Orleans, Portland and LA Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard." While Melo does have a strong connection with LeBron James, the Lakers seem like the least likely team out of this group to sign him, as he'd be a very awkward fit on that roster. We don't anticipate his non-existent value changing much based on the name of the jersey across his chest.
Nov 14 - 9:01 AM

Carmelo Anthony is being listed as "out" for Tuesday's game in Denver.

Word is that Anthony has already played his last game in a Rockets' uniform, and it's tough to see another team willing to give up any assets for him in a trade. Melo will likely be waived in the coming days, and it'll be interesting to see where he winds up. The Lakers have been mentioned as a potential destination, but we don't anticipate him being a relevant name in fantasy hoops this season, regardless of where he winds up.
Nov 12 - 4:51 PM

Jimmy Butler has formally requested to be traded away from Minnesota.

Wow. Butler presented Minnesota management with a list of 1-3 teams that he'd be interested in signing a contract extension with, and one of those teams is assuredly the Lakers. The Wolves will likely want to get rid of Butler prior to camp, so things could move somewhat quickly here, as his value will decline throughout the year. With Butler set to leave Minnesota, Luol Deng could potentially open the year as a starter and both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns should see a nice uptick in usage. Jeff Teague should also spend more time running the offense sans Jimmy. Butler will be an elite asset wherever he winds up, but he does have a history of having trouble staying on the court.
Sep 19 - 1:49 PM

There is "mutual interest" between Jamal Crawford and the Celtics, according to sources of Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

The Lakers, 76ers and Warriors have also reached out to Crawford, but he's made it clear that fit will be the most important factor when choosing his next team. He seemed less than satisfied with his 20-minute role off the bench in Minnesota last season, but it's tough to see him playing much more than that on a nightly basis at 38 years old. He can still help an NBA team, but he's not very useful in fantasy hoops.
Sep 17 - 6:29 PM

Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains interested in coming back to the NBA.

"Yeah, it’s still on my mind," Bosh said of his comeback attempt. "Obviously, if it doesn’t happen by February, I’m not stupid, but yeah, I’m still looking forward to that... I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there." There have been rumors of Bosh potentially signing a minimum-level deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles, but the reality is that he still hasn't been medically cleared, and that seems unlikely to change.
Sep 2 - 6:54 PM

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "open to the idea" of joining LeBron James in Los Angeles.

A few reports have cropped up this summer suggesting that Butler is not happy in Minnesota, and this isn't the first time he's flirted with the idea of playing for the Lakers. He'll likely decline to pick up his player option worth $19.8 million next summer, meaning that he's bound for free agency, so the Timberwolves might want to consider trading him this year if he makes it clear to management that he will not re-sign with Minnesota. To be clear, nothing is imminent.
Aug 25 - 11:35 AM

Kawhi Leonard and his camp are reportedly "going to go into [Toronto] with an open mind" this season, according Spurs beat writer Jabari Young.

"I think he still feels like L.A. might be the [ultimate] destination," Young said, referring to Kawhi's potential decision in free agency next summer. "But at the same time, he plans to go into this thing with an open mind, giving it every single shot in the world to make it work." Toronto recently added one of Kawhi's long-term friends to their coaching staff, and they'll do everything in their power to convince him to stay beyond 2018-19. Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that "So far, Leonard's preference is to sign in Los Angeles with either the Lakers or Clippers next season," so the Raptors may be fighting an uphill battle.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 24 - 4:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony is reportedly interested in joining LeBron James in Los Angeles.

It's unclear if the Lakers have any interest in grabbing Melo, but this wouldn't be the first time we've heard whispers of James and Anthony seeking a partnership. Anthony's good friend, Chris Paul, is also advocating to Houston management for him to join the Rockets, but Mike D'Antoni might not love that idea. After hitting just 40.4% of his shot attempts last season, it'll be tough to get too excited about Anthony in fantasy hoops next year, regardless of the name across his jersey.
Jul 8 - 4:42 PM

Nerlens Noel has reportedly narrowed his choices down to four teams: the Wizards, Lakers, Thunder and Pelicans.

Noel is coming off a disastrous 2017-18 season in which he was sidelined for three months due to a thumb injury and then suspended for the final five games of the season due to a drug suspension. However, when healthy, he has typically been productive on a per-minute basis. The Thunder are already facing a hefty luxury tax, so their inclusion is surprising. Landing in L.A. or Washington would probably give Noel the best chance at carving out significant fantasy value next season.
Jul 1 - 8:51 PM

The Lakers could be a suitor for restricted free agent Aaron Gordon, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears.

Magic GM John Hammond has been clear that he intends to keep Gordon long-term, and AG himself said a few days ago, "I do believe that [the Magic] are going to offer me something fair ... But I have to do the due diligence and see what’s going to be the best fit for myself." Orlando can match any offers for Gordon, of course, up to and including a max four-year, $114 million deal. The Lakers already have their own RFA power forward in Julius Randle, so we're not reading much into this for now.
Jul 1 - 6:26 PM

The Timberwolves, Lakers, Knicks, Pacers and 76ers have all expressed interest in Lance Stephenson.

The Pacers declined to pick up their team option on Born Ready for the 2018-19 season, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it seems they aren't opposed to a reunion. Stephenson's contract situation likely won't work itself out until some of the bigger free agent names come off the board, but it's unlikely he'll be much of a factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of where he winds up.
Jul 1 - 3:20 PM

LeBron James and Magic Johnson did not have dinner together after free agency began at 9:00 PDT on Saturday night, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Outside of knowing that LeBron was in Los Angeles and that Magic Johnson was at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday afternoon, we don't have any more detail available regarding their connection. James only had a phone call with the Cavs last night and he is not expected to meet with the 76ers today -- Rich Paul is meeting with Philly. LeBron Watch continues.
Jul 1 - 2:24 PM

The Warriors, Pelicans, Lakers and Thunder are "in the mix" for JaVale McGee according to David Aldridge of TNT.

McGee was a limited part of Golden State's rotation, but he stepped up big time in the postseason. He's not the kind of player that can play big minutes and he does have a long injury history, but he'll have a decent market for his rim protection and ability to finish around the basket. The Warriors will likely have to let him go if his price climbs given their cap situation.
Jul 1 - 11:01 AM

DeMarcus Cousins is expected to have meetings scheduled with the Lakers and Pelicans soon, according to Marc Spears of

He received calls from both teams this evening. Considering that no other star has signed with the Lakers yet, maybe Cousins would be an option to slide into one of the max slots. He's likely the most expensive center left on the board, and it'll be interesting to see if teams would be willing to spend big over a long contract.
Jul 1 - 1:48 AM

Free agent Amir Johnson has reportedly been contacted by the Lakers, Clippers and Wolves.

The 31-year-old will bring steady depth to whichever team's frontcourt he joins this summer, but he's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands. For what it's worth, the Sixers have reportedly shown interest in big man Kyle O'Quinn, which suggests they're ready to move on from Johnson.
Jul 1 - 1:46 AM

The Lakers "re-engaged" the Spurs on Wednesday about a potential deal for Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The Spurs reportedly rebuffed the Lakers' initial call about Kawhi, but L.A. is still "aggressively pursuing" the superstar. Leonard has stated his desire to play in L.A., but he's still under contract for 2018-19. The Spurs can be methodical about sorting through offers with Boston, Philly and the Clippers also potentially in the mix. There's no impending deadline, in other words, but expect this story to heat up the closer we get to free agency on July 1.
Jun 27 - 9:13 PM

Pressure is reportedly mounting on the Lakers to acquire Kawhi Leonard ahead of free agency.

LeBron James reportedly would like to make his free agency decision quickly, meaning there's some added pressure on the Lakers to bring in Leonard in order to entice LBJ to sign with the Los Angeles franchise. However, the Lakers first conversation with Spurs management did not get very far, and San Antonio appears to be in no rush to get a deal done. Leonard could steer his way towards Los Angeles if he can convince opposing NBA teams that his only interest is to sign with the Lakers in 2019, but right now, the Celtics, Clippers and 76ers all remain interested in Kawhi.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 12:42 PM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs "are willing listeners on Kawhi Leonard trade proposals."

We still don't much about how the meeting between coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard went, but this could be an indication that the two-way superstar still wants to move on. Wojnarowski adds that the Spurs "haven't been proactive in chasing down offers," but they are doing their due diligence in case the right offer comes along. Even though the Lakers are reportedly his preferred destination, they haven't had any dialogue with the Spurs yet.
Jun 21 - 1:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard told Gregg Popovich during their Tuesday meeting that he no longer wants to play for the Spurs, according to Stephen A. Smith.

Leonard has made it clear that he'd like to be traded to one of the Los Angeles-based teams, and that his preference would be to go to the Lakers. It's not a great look for Leonard's camp that he first went to the media, and not management, with his trade request, but perhaps that's an indication of how badly fractured their relationship has become.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 12:05 PM

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