Los Angeles Teams

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Ilya Kovalchuk's selection of the Los Angeles Kings for his next NHL destination was eight years in the making. In 2010, he only had two teams he was considering: The New Jersey Devils, with whom he would sign a ridiculous (and illegal, it turns out) 17-year contract; and the Kings, who courted him heavily. "New Jersey offered more money. Simple as that. We threw everything we had at him while leaving cap space necessary to sign our kids," said CEO Tim Leiweke at the time. Leiweke is now in Seattle, closing in on bringing an NHL team there. Kovalchuk, 35, is now a member of the Kings for $6.25 million annually for the next three seasons. Funny how things work out.

Angels celebrate Christmas in June (0:21)
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Bellinger's grand slam propels L.A. (0:58)
Bellinger's grand slam gives the Dodgers the lead (0:25)
Shelburne: LiAngelo 'never promised' Lakers summer league spot (1:08)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

As far as ESPN's draft analytics model is concerned, there was plenty of value to be found in the second round last night. In addition to these, the Mavericks picked up two talented players very late in Ray Spalding (Analytics Rank: 24) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (30).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels are celebrating "Christmas In June" this week, which is never not weird.

Pelinka: I've seen Lonzo emerge this offseason (1:19)
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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

In the middle of what Magic Johnson told him would be "the biggest summer" of his life, Lonzo Ball has been hitting the film room with Magic. Rob Pelinka says Ball designed his offseason plan how he wanted to improve this summer and requested film sessions with Magic.

Valbuena goes deep twice (0:51)
Calhoun's dinger gives Angels lead (0:27)
Trout scores first run of 1,000th career game (0:25)