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
Willie Reed, a backup center who signed a one-season, $1.5-million contract with the Clippers last week, was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a domestic violence incident, according to multiple reports.
Reed was arrested at a downtown Miami condo, according to the Miami Herald.
Further details were not immediately available.
Reed spent last season with the Miami Heat and was in Miami working out in preparation for his first training camp with the Clippers next month. Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds last season with the Heat, his second year in the NBA. He
WATTS – The line snaked around King-Drew Magnet school as early as 8 a.m. on Sunday. Nearly 10 hours later, over 1,500 people filled the gym. About 500 people were left standing outside eager to catch a glimpse.
All the anticipation centered around Houston Rockets and former Clippers guard Chris Paul. He made his Drew League debut around 6 p.m. on Sunday after watching a game there last week. He played along with Rockets guard James Harden in what marked their first game as teammates since appearing together in the 2012 London Olympics and four All-Star games (2013-2016). Harden (27
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
While some of the Clippers’ top targets came off the board early in free agency, the franchise has remained committed to pursuing Denver forward Danilo Gallinari, although such a deal could require finding a third team to facilitate a sign-and-trade.
Clippers’ executives spoke to the 28-year-old Gallinari on Sunday and tried to sell him on a revamped lineup that includes the re-signed Blake Griffin and newly acquired point guard Patrick Beverley. It’s unclear how much Gallinari, who made $15.5 million last season, is looking for in his next contract, but it’s certainly more than the $8.4 million mid-level exception the
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