The NBA has announced that it is investigating charges of tampering against the Lakers , and team president Magic Johnson’s alleged contact with Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George is reportedly the focal point of the probe.
The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting there is no evidence of tampering, and saying they expect to be cleared in the matter.
“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” the Lakers said in a statement released on Sunday. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating
LAS VEGAS — Lonzo Ball’s statistics were down after two big games, but he still had the building buzzing Saturday night at the NBA Summer League.
Ball flirted with another triple-double, Vander Blue had 27 points and Kyle Kuzma added 26 as the Lakers topped the Brooklyn Nets, 115-106, in a quarterfinal at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Ball finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes, again having more success as a facilitator than a shooter (4 for 12 from the field, 1 for 3 from 3-point range).
With intentions to bolster their backcourt and provide a veteran presence around their young roster, the Lakers “have shown interest” in free agent guard Rodney Stuckey, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers have had preliminary discussions surrounding Stuckey but have not scheduled any meetings as both parties have evaluated other options, the source said. Still, the 31-year-old Stuckey finds the Lakers appealing for several reasons.
Stuckey is open to fulfilling a mentor role, playing shooting guard or point guard either in spot minutes as a reserve or extended minutes alongside rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. Stuckey
The Lakers did not begin the normally frenetic free agency period hosting an elaborate sales pitch meeting, and they didn’t splurge on players in an ill-conceived attempt to accelerate their rebuilding process.
That’s not to say they sat on their hands.
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When NBA free agency began on Friday at 9:01 p.m. PDT, the Lakers reached out to agents about their clients, expressing interest in Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala, Sacramento shooting guard Ben McClemore and point guard Rajon Rondo, whom the Chicago Bulls waived this summer.
EL SEGUNDO – The day began at 5 a.m. when Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka woke up so he could make phone calls with Eastern Conference teams starting their workday at more conventional hours.
The day ended with the Lakers experiencing the predictable and unexpected. To no one’s surprise, the Lakers selected UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with their No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But Pelinka felt “gratitude,” because the team then added three more players by virtue of two trades.
The Lakers selected Utah forward Kyle Kuzma with the No. 27 pick, which they acquired from Brooklyn after
Even after landing a coveted poker chip in the form of a No. 2 draft pick, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson did not allow that prize to add an extra tint to his purple-and-gold colored glasses regarding free agency.
“I don’t know if we’re going to be a major player this year,” Johnson said after the NBA draft lottery in May. “I’m really looking forward to next summer.”
This past weekend, the Lakers have a mix of optimism and uncertainty on those feelings. The Vertical reported that Indiana star forward Paul George informed the Pacers through his agent, Aaron
LOS ANGELES – The two close friends laughed endlessly almost as soon as they walked on the stage Monday night. Then, Magic Johnson and Pat Riley relived memories of their time together with the Showtime Lakers.
Nearly 45 minutes later, Riley addressed a more sobering subject, offering some honesty and perhaps some inside information regarding Johnson’s first season as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.
“When things aren’t going good the first year, he’s going to go down there and want to be Lonzo Ball’s mentor … ” Riley said, his trailing off.
Some in the audience for the American Express-sponsored event at
NEW YORK – Nearly a month after they spent a season navigating the learning curves of a young team under a first-year coach, the Lakers gained something that could reduce their frustration and accelerate their rebuilding process.
The Lakers received the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday, the third consecutive year they have avoided having to surrender the consolation prize for a disappointing season to the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s also the third consecutive season they will draft second, this time behind the rival Boston Celtics.
Lakers forward Luol Deng underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning to repair his right pectoral muscle, the team announced. Deng suffered the injury while working out in the offseason. He expects to be healthy well before training camp begins in late September.
Last summer, Deng signed a four-year, $72-million contract with the Lakers, a deal that made him the team’s highest-paid player and one that might have been a factor in the February dismissal of former general manager Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss.
Deng averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 56 games (49 starts) last season, but rookie Brandon