May 21, 2019, 10:01 amBrandon Ingram - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Broussard of FOX Sports is reporting that Alvin Gentry likes the idea of Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram offensively and defensively.
During the season, the Lakers made a run at Anthony Davis with an offer that included the majority of players in their young core, from Lonzo Ball to Kyle Kuzma to Brandon Ingram to Josh Hart and that idea apparently appeals to Gentry. The Lakers of course won’t be the only ones pursuing Davis as the Celtics, the Knicks and the Nets are also expected to make an aggressive run. David Griffin will soon meet with AD and try to convince him to stay in New Orleans while the Pelicans are the only team that can offer him a supermax contract extension.
Source: Chris Broussard of FOX Sports
May 21, 2019, 9:37 amLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls will spend the summer seeking a starting-caliber point guard and that could mean exploring a trade for Lonzo Ball.
Mike Conley might also be in play but it’s unknown if the Bulls have any interest in him and his age suggests that he would be looking to join a contender rather than a young Chicago squad. The report suggests that Kris Dunn’s trade value is low to nonexistent, so a direct trade with the Lakers centered on Dunn and the No. 7 pick doesn’t seem feasible. However, the Bulls could be in position to facilitate a three-team deal in which the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
Source: Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2019, 5:40 pmRob Pelinka - GM - Los Angeles Lakers
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers will not hire a President of Basketball Operations to replace Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka will continue in his role.
Pelinka previously reported to Johnson but will now report directly to ownership. It’s been a tumultuous off-season for the Lakers considering the departure of Johnson and the issues surrounding their search for a new head coach. Luckily, the team has the fourth pick in this year’s draft and Pelinka will try to get an impactful veteran to play alongside LeBron James.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
May 10, 2019, 7:04 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving reportedly “had discussions” regarding signing with the Lakers this summer.
After a second round flame out as the lead gun for the Celtics, it’d be no surprise to see Irving rejoin LeBron James in pursuit of another title, especially since they appeared to bury the hatchet this season. The Lakers will have the cap space to sign Irving but as an unrestricted free agent, he’ll have other suitors as well. It’ll be a fun off-season this year.
May 10, 2019, 6:54 pmRajon Rondo - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Appearing recently on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Rajon Rondo indicated he wouldn't re-sign with the Lakers if the team hadn't secured a head coach when free agency starts.
Rondo's full quote is as follows: “With this point in my career, a head coach is big for me. It’s all about relationship. If they don’t have one, it’s a no go for me.” Implicit in his statement is the idea that even if the Lakers get a new head coach, it'd have to be a good fit for Rondo to consider staying in L.A.
May 8, 2019, 8:46 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
While Tyronn Lue appears likely to become the next coach of the Lakers, Tom Thibodeau isn’t enamored to the idea of becoming an assistant.
LeBron’s close associates were gauging Thibodeau’s interest in becoming a top assistant two weeks ago in a role similar to the one Mike Brown and Ron Adams serve under Steve Kerr in Golden State. Rather than joining the Lakers, it appears that Thibodeau will hold out for his next head-coaching gig and that’s why Lue may turn to former Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
Source: The Athletic
May 7, 2019, 8:43 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in the process of working on a contract agreement that would make Lue the franchise’s next head coach.
Lue has not accepted the position yet as both sides continue to focus on contractual parameters. If he takes the job, Frank Vogel, the former coach of the Pacers and the Magic could join his staff as a lead assistant. The agreement seems to only be a matter of time since Monty Williams, the other main candidate, opted for the same job with the Suns.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 12:01 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James spoke about his reaction to Magic Johnson’s resignation for the first time publicly on the most recent episode of HBO’s The Shop.
“No one had no idea,” James said. “We were like, ‘Damn, like right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on the clock before (the game). I’m not playing, but my team is still playing, and you kind of decide to do that right here, right now. I feel like there’s a time and place for things, and I believe that you knew that you were going to make that decision, so why would you do it here and why would you do it now?” James didn’t hide his confusion and disappointment in recalling one of the strangest moments in recent basketball memory. Many had wondered if James had any indication of what Magic was about to do, given how close they were and how pivotal Johnson was in convincing James to play in LA. It seems as though that he was just as much in the dark as the rest of us.
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2019, 10:20 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
While former Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is considered by many to be the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Lakers, Marc Stein of the New York Times says that the team has some reservations about reuniting Lue with superstar LeBron James.
The buzz circulating in coaching circles is that Monty Williams has a stronger-than-expected shot at the job because some in the Lakers’ organization may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control. Lue, who along with James, helped lead the Cavs to the 2016 NBA championship, would bring some baggage if he were to assume the coaching position and it remains to be seen who makes the call for the hire in the next few weeks.
Source: Marc Stein of NY Times
April 17, 2019, 9:57 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
The 2018-19 Lakers roster ranks as one of the weakest teams assembled around LeBron James since his rookie season 16 years ago.
Win Shares per 48 minutes is a metric that attempts to give players credit for how much they each contributed to a win. WS/48 has an average of about .100, and LeBron had at least three teammates above .100 each season he advanced to the playoffs and five teammates above that mark during his NBA Finals appearances with the Heat and the Cavs. This season however, out of his teammates who played in at least 40 games, only Javale McGee and Tyson Chandler broke that mark, while most of them saw their contributions decrease. The questions about the roster construction were there since the beginning of the year and the advanced stats seem to validate the lack of talent around LeBron but we shouldn’t underestimate the Anthony Davis drama that torpedoed the team’s locker room chemistry in the middle of the season.
Source: LA Times
April 16, 2019, 8:27 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that Tyronn Lue will be meeting with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on Friday in Los Angeles about the team’s head coaching job.
Ty Lue, Monty Williams and Juwan Howard appear to be the main frontrunners for the job and the Lakers will be conducting interviews with them this week. Lue has coached LeBron in Cleveland while Williams was the Pelicans head coach from 2010 until 2015 and has a solid relationship with Anthony Davis. Pelinka is currently calling the shots in Los Angeles and it appears that the team will opt for a head coach who has strong ties to LeBron James.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
April 12, 2019, 4:15 pmLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
According to Shams Charania at The Athletic, the Lakers prevented Lonzo Ball from undergoing an unauthorized surgery on his ankle in February.
Per the report, Ball traveled to Ohio in late February to get a procedure on his injured ankle. Ball contacted GM Rob Pelinka who informed him that the team would not approve the procedure and that it could potentially void his contract if Ball went through with it. Ball was cajoled into returning to Los Angeles and owner Jeanie Buss sent a private plane out to bring him back. The Lakers never fail with the drama and there's likely to be a lot more before next season.
Source: The Athletic