Ethan Norof and Dan Besbris perform a little surgery on the Lakers roster and discuss the start of the NBA Finals ... and, of course, Ethan goes shopping for fruit!
May 17, 2019, 5:40 pmRob PelinkaGM, 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
April 25, 2019, 1:00 pmMagic JohnsonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
Jeanie Buss mistakenly CC’d Magic Johnson on emails directed to GM Rob Pelinka that were critical of Magic.
And the drama continues. For a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs or 40 wins for six consecutive seasons, they sure know how to gobble up the headlines. The Lakers are full of dysfunction right now, and the only way to change things is to win basketball games. We’ll see what the rest of the offseason brings.
Source: NBC Sports
June 27, 2018, 2:33 pmMagic JohnsonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers expressed interest in taking on bad contracts for a first round pick.
The Lakers want to get another first round pick so they can sweeten the pot in a deal for Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs do not want to trade Leonard to the West so it will take a major haul to sway them. That haul would prob have to include at least two of he following: Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, or Lonzo Ball. The Lakers presumably would like to get Leonard before LeBron James makes his decision to enter free agency on Friday.
June 26, 2018, 6:39 pmMagic JohnsonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
Magic Johnson said that if the Lakers aren't moving in a positive direction after another two summers, he'll step down from his front office position with the team.
"It's going to be a two summer thing for the Lakers," he said. "This summer and next summer. That’s it. If I can’t deliver I’m going to step down myself. [Jeanie Buss] won’t have to fire me, I’ll step away from it because I can’t do this job." With multiple big names on the free agent market this summer, there's a lot of pressure on the Lakers' front office to deliver. LeBron James and Paul George are both expected to be options, and Kawhi Leonard has expressed his desire to play in Los Angeles despite being under contract for another season.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
June 20, 2018, 10:07 pmMagic JohnsonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have acquired pick No. 39 in tomorrow's draft in exchange for a 2019 second-round selection and cash.
That future second-rounder will come via the Bulls. The Sixers were known to be shopping one of their second-rounders this season, as they had too many picks and not enough space. Philly has pulled off draft-and-stashes before but it makes more sense for them to spread the wealth across future seasons than add a number of prospects who can't develop under the team's watchful eye all at once. ESPN's Jonathan Givony has already speculated that the Lakers could use the pick on big man Mitchell Robinson, who was tied to the Lakers before his stock slipped in the past couple of weeks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 15, 2018, 6:59 pmMagic JohnsonPresident, Los Angeles Lakers
If the Lakers renounce all their restricted free agents, they’ll have almost $60 million in cap space according to Albert Nahmad of HeatHoops.
Everyone knows the Lakers were clearing space to try to sign multiple star players and with news that Kawhi Leonard is unhappy in San Antonio, the Lakers are in a pretty good spot to nab him considering their location, prestige and cap space. Bovada already has them with the highest odds to sign Leonard. The Lakers are so far under the cap, they’ll have to spend almost $52 million just to hit the minimum. The Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and Sixers are the four other teams that can open up more than $25 million in space if desired (see full chart in link).
Source: Albert Nahmad on Twitter
May 19, 2018, 3:19 pmMagic JohnsonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers have reportedly been telling teams that no player is untouchable.
The report didn't specify which teams they have been speaking to but one would assume the Spurs as it was reported last month that the Lakers would "go in hard" for Kawhi Leonard this off-season. A year ago, Magic Johnson said that Brandon Ingram was untouchable but with Kawhi and players like LeBron James and Paul George also candidates to wear a Lakers uniform next season, they need to be flexible.
Source: LA Times
Dan Besbris tackles the wild Magic Johnson ESPN interview on First Take and how it reflects on him (as well as the Lakers).
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Magic Johnson chewed out Luke Walton, the Lakers squeaked out a win over the hapless Mavericks, and things went from calm to crazy in a matter of moments.
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