Los Angeles Teams

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Lonzo looked up to LeBron growing up (0:46)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball says he has never met LeBron James, who sat courtside at one of the Lakers' summer league games in July. Ball seemed excited about meeting his favorite player growing up when the Lakers and Cavs meet tonight.

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Lonzo not worried about brothers in Lithuania (0:38)
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Ohio State-USC will be thrilling Cotton Bowl (1:00)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

How the Angels structure their lineup will have a bearing on both Ian Kinsler's and Kole Calhoun's fantasy value in 2018. The one who leads off -- I'm guessing Kinsler -- will reap the greater reward in terms of maximized PAs and run-scored potential. With the trade I'd move Kinsler up a spot ahead of Starlin Castro to 18th among second basemen, since he's the one now on the clearly stronger offense.

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Could Lonzo lure LeBron to Lakers? (1:45)
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Williams leads Clippers past Magic (1:26)
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Clippers knock down 4-straight threes (0:38)

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.

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Most 5-WAR seasons since 2013 (Position Players): Mike Trout 5, Ian Kinsler 4, Josh Donaldson 4, Adrián Beltré 4.

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Ian Kinsler's 37 Defensive Runs Saved are the most among 2B over the last 3 seasons. No one else had more than 17.

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The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal for 2B Ian Kinsler. Angels 2B ranked in the bottom 3 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage last season. The 4 who played the position most often combined for -0.9 WAR. Kinsler had an off year last season, hitting .236 with a .725 OPS, 50 points below what each of those numbers were from 2014 to 2016.

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Rivers heads to Clippers locker room with jaw injury (0:23)