video

Jeff Goodman examines the Lakers' chances of trading for Paul George and making a playoff run.
video

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- During his opening statement while introducing new center Brook Lopez on Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka made a comment that raised eyebrows.

"We don't see next year at all as a rebuilding year," Pelinka said at the team's practice facility. "We see it as a Lakers year. A lot of that is going to be centered around [Lopez] and what he stands for and what we know he'll give this organization."

On the surface, it was an incredibly bold statement for a team that posted a 26-56 record last season, the league's third-worst mark, and hasn't made the playoffs in four straight seasons.

It was even bolder considering that Lopez, whom the Lakers acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, will be asked to play a key leadership role on a team that features several key players in their early 20s who, while talented, are largely inexperienced.

For the cherry on top, it's worth remembering that Lopez might not be around the Lakers beyond this season. Although the 29-year-old Lopez is one of the NBA's premier centers, having averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks for the Nets last season, he is also entering the final season of his contract that will pay him $22.64 million, which matters greatly for the Lakers.

By trading center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets last week and thus clearing his massive contract -- he is entering the second year of a four-year, $64 million deal -- and with Lopez's expiring deal, the Lakers should have close to $60 million in significant cap room next summer.


(Read full post)


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their $1.3 million contract option on guard David Nwaba for the upcoming season.

The Lakers announced the move Wednesday.

Nwaba earned a job with the Lakers after they called him up from their D-League affiliate on Feb. 28. The rookie averaged 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while impressing Luke Walton's coaching staff with his hustle and defensive play.

The Lakers signed him to a new contract with a multi-year component just three weeks after his NBA debut.

Nwaba is a local product, attending University High School in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica College before finishing his college career at Cal Poly.


(Read full post)


video

John Salley makes a bold prediction and says that he can envision Phil Jackson helping the Lakers rebuild alongside Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss.

The Ball family had the Staples Center crowd buzzing Monday night after their unforgettable appearance with The Miz on WWE Raw, the latest instance in a long and storied history of figures from the professional sports world dusting it up in the squared circle.

The intertwining of professional athletes and professional wrestling goes back decades. Muhammad Ali's bouts with Antonio Inoki and Gorilla Monsoon, as well as his guest-refereeing of the main event at the first WrestleMania, are still some of the most talked-about moments in pro wrestling history. One of Ali's most legendary adversaries, Joe Frazier, gave the striped shirt a try once, officiating one of Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes' famous bouts.

From Lawrence Taylor headlining WrestleMania XI, to Mike Tyson delivering Stone Cold Steve Austin his first world title, to Rob Gronkowski's memorable charge into the ring at last April's WrestleMania 33, pro wrestling's colorful history is illuminated with memorable appearances from the pro sports world.

What's your favorite memory? Rank the best ones below:

Given LaVar's outsized, occasionally cartoonish persona, we're sure this won't be the last time we see the Ball family at a WWE event.

-- Brendan C. Hall


(Read full post)


video

Will Cain details how the Lakers could use Lonzo Ball to secure Russell Westbrook.
video

Stephen A. Smith provides the latest on Paul George, who has indicated he won't re-sign with the Pacers next season.
video

LaVar Ball and his sons Lonzo and LaMelo show up on WWE's Monday Night Raw in a segment with the Miz, during which LaVar gets heated to a point where he takes his shirt off.
video

Stephen A. Smith credits LaVar Ball for raising the profile of his son Lonzo but ultimately the new Laker will need answer the bell for himself if criticism arises.
video

Actor Will Ferrell recalls the moment LaVar Ball referenced "Zeus" like Anchorman's Ron Burgundy at the NBA draft.
video

Jemele Hill explains why she could see Russell Westbrook consider going to the Lakers should he turn down an extension with the Thunder while Michael Smith thinks Westbrook will stay in Oklahoma City.
video

The SportsNation crew discusses the good and bad about Magic comments on D'Angelo Russell's leadership.
video

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed undrafted South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier, who helped lead the Gamecocks to the Final Four back in March.

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Athletic combo guard
  • Has elite size when he plays the point guard position
  • Can score from anywhere on the floor

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to add strength
  • Inconsistent 3-point shooter

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 0.11 percent
  • Chances he'll be an NBA starter: 6.72 percent
  • Chances he'll be a role player: 9.21 percent

More player projections  |  How our projection model works


(Read full post)


video

When asked about Magic Johnson's comments related to his lack of leadership ability, D'Angelo Russell states his happiness to be with the Nets and an inability to control what other people say.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jordan Clarkson
PTS AST STL MIN
14.7 2.6 1.1 29.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.6
AssistsJ. Randle 3.6
StealsL. Nance Jr. 1.3
BlocksI. Zubac 0.9