Los Angeles Teams

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton took a look at a lineup of Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez before subbing Kuzma in for Lopez.

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Lonzo checks in and immediately drains a 3 (0:31)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Loud cheers from the crowd when Isaiah Thomas and then Lonzo Ball checked into the game with 6:01 to go in the first quarter. Ball promptly drills a 3 to push the Lakers up 23-5.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton is sticking with his recent starting lineup with Brandon Ingram at point guard. Lonzo Ball, who will play limited minutes in his return from MCL injury, and Isaiah Thomas are coming off the bench.

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Kuzma calls FBI probe 'a distraction' (0:51)
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Lonzo on FBI investigation: 'Everybody is getting paid anyway' (0:26)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Marcus Peters will cost $1.74M towards the salary cap in 2018, and the Rams will presumably pick up his fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline. They entered the offseason with a projected $40 million in cap space and added an impact player to their greatest position of need at minimal cost. It changes everything about their offseason. More money for S Lamarcus Joyner, DT Aaron Donald, WR Sammy Watkins, etc., and flexibility with how they attack the draft and free agency.

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Kuzma trolls Zo, Ingram (0:27)
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Kawhi, the Lakers, tanking, rabbit hole

Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon discuss the Kawhi situation brewing in San Antonio (2:45), assess the Lakers' young talent (22:55) and going down a tanking/reminiscing about The Decision rabbit hole (34:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han tackle a favorite topic in NBA Twitter: Is a hot dog a sandwich? (56:15)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams are suddenly in a window of contention, and when that's the case, you can't rely solely on the draft or free agency to fix holes. Sometimes you need to be willing to trade draft picks for players who can contribute right away but are young enough to be affordable. They did it last summer with WR Sammy Watkins, and they did it now with CB Marcus Peters.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Marcus Peters-related numbers from ESPN Stats & Info: He easily has the NFL's most interceptions (19) and the highest combination of sacks, forced fumbles and interceptions (25) since 2015. Peters was first-team All-Pro in 2016, and the Rams haven't had a DB make first-team All-Pro since Aeneas Williams in 2001. Peters is the first player since Ed Reed (2002-04) with at least five interceptions in each of his first three seasons.

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Chiefs hoping to shift culture by trading Peters to Rams (1:51)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams are closing in on a trade to acquire CB Marcus Peters from the Chiefs, which would address a desperate area of need for them. Peters, 6 feet and 197 pounds, is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-team All-Pro who's still only 25. Would come in as a starter, and presumably would mean Trumaine Johnson walks.