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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

The Suns are rumored to be looking at deals involving Marquese Chriss.

Chriss has had a rough go in Phoenix this season, but maybe a change of scenery could get him going. The Lakers are said to have expressed interest in Chriss, and that could be a nice spot for him, so he's someone to consider stashing in deep leagues.
Feb 7 - 1:07 PM

The Lakers reportedly remain interested in free agent Shabazz Muhammad.

We heard late last month that Los Angeles was keeping tabs on Muhammad, who is one of the best players still available on the open market. New Lakers GM Rob Pelinka previously served as Muhammad's agent, so there is a connection. It appears that Muhammad will likely choose between returning to the Timberwolves or heading to Los Angeles. Either way, he won't have much fantasy value heading into next season.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 09:22:00 AM

Dwyane Wade will reportedly consider Miami, Cleveland and Los Angeles if he reaches a buyout with Chicago.

To be clear, no buyout talks have yet been initiated between Wade and the Bulls, but given the current direction of the Chicago franchise, it just doesn't make much sense for the 35-year-old veteran to remain on the roster. There have, however, been rumors that the Bulls may want to use Wade as a trade chip this season, so we might not see the two sides initiate buyout talks until after the trade deadline.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:52:00 PM

The rumors implying that LeBron James is seriously considering a move to Los Angeles after the 2017-18 season have been "overblown," according to Chris Broussard.

"I think the talk about the Lakers is overblown," Broussard said. "That doesn’t mean it’s definitely not going to happen… If he leaves, especially if he goes West to the Lakers, there’s a very good chance that he’s not getting back to the Finals [because of the Golden State Warriors]." Broussard argues that if winning championships will be James' primary goal, and not necessarily going to a major market, that the Spurs would make the most sense for King James; but Broussard would also hedge his bets on LBJ remaining in Cleveland.
Source: HoopsHype
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 12:06:00 PM

The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Ian Clark is reportedly no longer an option for the Lakers.

The Lakers got their backup point guard with the Tyler Ennis signing, so there's no need for them to pursue a deal with Clark. He should be able to find a contract somewhere after playing well in limited minutes with the Warriors last season, but Clark won't be a name worth monitoring in fantasy hoops.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 06:24:00 PM

LeBron James may be "intrigued with pursuing a Los Angeles Lakers exit plan" in 2018, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj reports that there's a "growing verdict" that the Lakers could be LeBron's future target, which may be part of the reason Kyrie Irving would prefer a trade away from the Cavs. In a salacious twist, Stephen A. Smith said on Sunday that Kyrie is convinced LeBron's camp leaked Kyrie's preference for a trade. "They believe that LeBron James got word of it, and was put off by it, and leaked it," Smith said. Irving reportedly would prefer to be dealt to the Knicks, Heat, Spurs or Wolves, but there's no clear traction for any of those scenarios.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 09:27:00 PM

The Lakers have interest in Ian Clark, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

It makes sense for a lot of reasons. There are the obviously the ties between Clark and former Warriors coach Luke Walton, which is even more relevant because the Warriors have made it fairly clear they won't be able to bring Clark back. Clark does add some much-needed shooting for the Lakers and it'll help fill a massive hole at backup point guard. The Lakers have a good chance to come away with Derrick Rose or Clark.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 06:56:00 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly had a meeting with the Lakers on Tuesday.

KCP is an unrestricted free agent, and the Lakers are one of the few teams out there with enough cap space to sign him, so there's a real chance that he could strike a deal with Los Angeles. The Lakers like to push the tempo, and Caldwell-Pope would easily be a starter there, so this would be a decent landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops. Jordan Clarkson's value would take somewhat of a hit with KCP in town.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 06:46:00 PM

Rajon Rondo reportedly met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday.

With the Knicks using up most their cap space to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker, they don't really have the money to offer Rondo anything more than the minimum, so he might be forced to take whatever deal the Lakers offer him with the point guard position filled on most teams around the league. Rondo would likely be asked to serve in a mentorship role to Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles, which would likely result in a value-killing timeshare situation, so not ideal for fantasy hoops.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 06:44:00 PM

The Knicks and Lakers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Dion Waiters.

Waiters has already met with the Heat, and he's scheduled to interview with the Lakers on Wednesday, but we likely won't see much traction here until more of the bigger name free agents come off the board. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would probably be the best potential landing spot for Waiters.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Jamal Crawford would reportedly like to join the Lakers if he gets bought out of his contract with the Hawks.

Crawford is expected to be sent to the Hawks in a multi-team deal that will send Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers, but it looks like Crawford has no intention of staying in Atlanta. He reportedly has a "solid relationship" with Lonzo Ball, and the Lakers have the cap space to offer Crawford a respectable contract, so as of right now, the Lakers look like the early favorites to land the three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner should he secure a buyout with Atlanta.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 03:57:00 PM

Rajon Rondo reportedly remains "very interested" in signing with the Lakers.

With George Hill signing with Sacramento, and Darren Collison joining the Pacers, Rondo is running out of potential free agent destinations. The Knicks could still be an option for No. 9, and it's worth pointing out that the Lakers haven't followed up with Rondo since their initial talks, but Rondo's camp expects to get some more clarity in the coming days with these other PGs coming off the market. For what it's worth, it does appear Rondo is ready to embrace a mentorship role.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 03:46:00 PM

There is reportedly "significant mutual interest" between unrestricted free agent George Hill and the Lakers.

Hill met with the Lakers on Monday and both sides have reportedly engaged in "serious talks" regarding a short-term deal with the Los Angeles franchise. Word is that Lakers' management believes that Hill and No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball could share the backcourt, but Hill's presence on the roster would very likely limit Ball's fantasy potential. As a side note, the Nuggets remain interested in signing Hill, but they'll need to clear some cap space before they can make an offer.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Free agent Dion Waiters will meet with the Lakers on Sunday night, according to Michael Scotto.

Waiters has previously been linked to the Bulls, Knicks and Kings, in addition to the Heat. He suggested that he might accept a discounted salary to stay in Miami, where he thrived last season, but that depends on the offers he gets elsewhere. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 09:15:00 PM

The Lakers reportedly remain interested in unrestricted free agent Rajon Rondo.

Thus far, Rondo has been linked to the Knicks, Pacers and Clippers, so the Lakers would be one of the worst places for him to land in terms of fantasy potential. It's also unclear if Rondo would be interested in taking on a mentorship role in Los Angeles, as he didn't seem all that thrilled playing that sort of role with the Bulls last season.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Andre Iguodala has canceled the remainder of his free agency meetings, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Interesting. Iguodala's meeting with the Rockets ended Saturday afternoon while he's also talked to the Spurs, Lakers and perhaps the Kings. While there's no word on the specifics of the meetings, ESPN reported that Houston has made an offer to Iggy and the meeting was "excellent." There have been some clear moves to try and gain leverage against the Warriors, so this could be the newest one.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 03:41:00 PM

The Lakers spoke to Rajon Rondo at the start of free agency according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Interesting. The Bulls waived Rondo on Friday, but he's already been linked to several teams including the Pelicans and Pacers. The Lakers already have their starting PG in Lonzo Ball, but Rondo could be a mentor for the rookie -- he earned a lot of praise during his time in Chicago for being a good role model to their young guards. The Lakers are trying to preserve cap space for 2018, so they might be looking to grab him for a one-year deal.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:26:00 AM

The Lakers talked to Andre Iguodala on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Adrian Wojnarowski also had an interesting note on ESPN, saying that Iguodala was the one who looked into getting a meeting with the Spurs -- that is expected to be his first meeting. The one common theme on Iguodala has been looking to build his leverage. Plus, there was also a report from the Warriors side that the ownership didn't want to go crazy on the luxury tax. Expect Iggy to take a lot of meetings with other teams, but the Warriors will likely have their chance to pitch the former Finals MVP.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:26:00 AM

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