Team Related News

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 ESPN.com.

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

LeBron James reportedly does not want to play in Houston next season.

The Rockets still haven't had an opportunity to make their pitch to James, but according to Steven A. Smith, Chris Paul has begun telling people that he doesn't anticipate James landing in Houston and that he'd prefer to play in Los Angeles. The Lakers could realistically land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and King James this summer, which would surround James with the sort of star power necessary to combat Golden State. There's still a lot that can happen here, but right now, the Lakers look like the early favorites in the James sweepstakes.
Jun 19 - 3:53 PM

The Lakers and Clippers have expressed concerns about Kawhi Leonard's health, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Beat writer Tania Ganguli states, "Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard’s injury." Kawhi only played in nine games last season due to a quad injury, but he is reportedly "96 to 97 percent" healthy. Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week, "Leonard has expressed nothing directly to Spurs about [his] future," so for now this is all speculation.
Source: L.A. Times
Jun 17 - 8:29 PM

The Lakers, Celtics and 76ers are all interested in Kawhi Leonard.

While those teams may be interested, the Spurs, to this point, have shown no interest in trading away their franchise player. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that San Antonio turned down a trade offer from Boston for Leonard ahead of the February trade deadline this past season, and never countered, so it looks like they're going to do everything they can to try and rebuild this relationship after a contemptuous 2017-18 season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 11:49 AM

LeBron James is expected to speak with the Heat, Lakers, Cavs, 76ers and Spurs during free agency.

Chris Paul is a big factor here, as he's very close with LeBron James and was quoted saying he was already recruiting LBJ once the Rockets got bounced out of the Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey would need to move around some contracts to make the numbers work, but it wouldn't be impossible for him to add James to the core of James Harden, CP3 and Clint Capela. James could also partner up with Paul in Los Angeles, or he could go to San Antonio to play under a coach he's openly admired.
Jun 10 - 5:27 PM

The Rockets will reportedly aggressively pursue Paul George as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

George reportedly enjoyed his time in OKC this past season, but the Thunder were quickly bounced out of the first-round in the playoffs, and it's tough to see them doing much better next year based on the cap situation. PG-13 has also been linked to the Lakers, and he'll reportedly have a conversation with LeBron James later in July regarding the possibility of suiting up together in Los Angeles. Houston would give George the best shot at competing for a championship, though.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 6 - 12:40 PM

LiAngelo Ball has workouts scheduled with the Lakers and the Warriors.

Ball put in averages of 12.6 points, 2.4 triples and 2.9 rebounds per game on 42.5% shooting in his overseas stint with Vytautas Prienu of Lithuania. At the moment, it seems unlikely that he'll be able to land on an NBA roster via the draft, so he'll need to really impress while he goes on his workout tour.
May 28 - 2:14 PM

Grayson Allen will be among players to work out for the Lakers on Friday.

The Lakers saw Kostas Antetokounmpo today, as well. Allen put up good numbers at the NBA combine with his 40.5-inch max vert, but he still likely won't be picked in the top 20. The Lakers have the 25th pick from the Cavs in the Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance deal at the deadline.
May 23 - 5:55 PM

Paul George said he's not interested in playing for "multiple teams" throughout his career.

"The decision I make will ultimately be to build something," said George of his upcoming free agency. "So, this next decision, whatever it is, is to make sure I'm there for a duration." PG-13 will be one of the biggest names to hit the open market this summer, and with L.A. roots and the Lakers having the ability to sign two max players this summer, Los Angeles could be an option. However, OKC is hoping that a deep playoff run will entice him to re-up there. We're in for a fun offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 18 - 4:28 PM


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