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If he was optimistic Fish would return, he could be right.

Whittier Daily News: The Lakers’ pursuit of Shannon Brown continues.

After signing free agents Matt Barnes, Steve Blake and Theo Ratliff this month, Lakers general manager Mitch Kup- chak said he’s still negotiating with Brown’s agent about a possible return to the two-time defending NBA champions.

“We’re still talking to Shannon,” Kupchak said Friday at the Lakers’ El Segundo training facility.

“I think there’s a good chance that in the next couple of weeks we can have some resolution with Shannon.

“I’m optimistic.”

Continue reading ‘Mitch “optimistic” Shannon will return’

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Great news! Good luck with the rehab Kobe.

Lakers.com: In response to recent media inquiries, it has been announced today that Kobe Bryant recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The successful surgery was performed last week. Bryant is currently undergoing rehab and is expected to be fully recovered prior to the start of the Lakers’ training camp on September 25.

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Impressive play in the Summer League from second round picks means they have potential.

Daily News: The signings of Barnes and Ratliff give the Lakers only 11 players on their roster, two shy of the NBA minimum. It’s likely they would sign draft picks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks, who impressed during summer league play. Last season, the Lakers carried 13players on their roster en route to winning their second consecutive NBA championship. Caracter and Ebanks would draw non-guaranteed contracts because they are second-round selections. Their salaries could be less than $500,000 each

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Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is the first to report that Matt Barnes has reached a 2-year agreement with the Lakers. Welcome to L.A. – just remember, Kobe didn’t flinch.

Yahoo!: Free-agent forward Matt Barnes has reached agreement on a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers expect to receive a signed contract on Thursday night. The deal will pay him $1.7 million next season and give him a player option for $1.9 million in 2011-12.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had guaranteed $7 million over two years with a team option for a third season, but Barnes wanted more guaranteed money to sign with a non-championship contender. Cleveland refused to improve its offer and ultimately was willing to let Barnes go to a lower bidder.

Continue reading ‘Barnes reaches 2-year deal with Lakers’

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Lakers will sign Ratliff.

NBA.com: The Los Angeles Lakers are shoring up the potential loss of forward Josh Powell to the Atlanta Hawks by agreeing to terms with veteran big man Theo Ratliff on a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum of $1.35 million, according to a league source.

Ratliff, 37, started last season with the San Antonio Spurs, but was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats at the trade deadline for a future second-round pick. He gave the young Bobcats a boost down the stretch as Charlotte made the playoffs, averaging 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22 minutes a game. He has been one of the league’s best defensive players of his era, leading the NBA in blocked shots per game three times.

The 15-year veteran has played for eight NBA teams in his career, which began as a first-round pick for the Pistons in 1995. Ratliff was a key part of the 76ers’ team that went on to make the Finals in 2001, making his lone All-Star team that season, but was traded days after that appearance to Atlanta in a package for Dikembe Mutombo. Ratliff was also part of another major trade, going from Boston to Minnesota in 2007 as part of the Kevin Garnett trade.

The Hawks are expected to sign Powell to a one-year deal at minimum numbers in the next couple of days.

The Lakers’ signing of Ratliff would have no effect on their pursuit of Orlando small forward Matt Barnes, whom they would sign with the remaining $1.8 million of their mid-level exception. Los Angeles signed Clippers free agent guard Steve Blake to a four-year, $16 million deal earlier this month and used about $4 million of the $5.8 million mid-level to do so. Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that Barnes has whittled the list of five teams trying to sign him down to the Lakers and Cavaliers. A league source said the Cavaliers are offering a multi-year deal that averages a little more than $3 million per season, while all the Lakers can offer is the $1.8 million.

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So he is taking a paycut? Great!

Yahoo! Sports: Unless the Cleveland Cavaliers raise their current multiyear offer to Matt Barnes on Thursday, the free-agent forward plans to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers are offering as much as a three-year deal that starts around $3.5 million a season, but Barnes wants more money if he’s going to sign with a non-championship contender, sources said. Barnes would take a $1.7 million deal to join the Lakers.

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Quite a young player with a fairly good offensive  game.

Fan House: Tolliver also has been looked at by Atlanta, the Lakers, Chicago, Utah, Minnesota, Charlotte, Dallas and New York. Riley acknowledges the risk of losing Tolliver to another team, rather than having retained the right to match any offer by keeping him restricted, was a chance the Warriors had to take at the time. “It was the 15th spot on the roster, which would have meant we had no flexibility,” Riley said. “That was the big issue. … At the time, that was where our roster was.”

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The rich history of the Lakers is too hard to ignore.

L.A. Times: The Lakers rank 49th on Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable teams, according to figures released Wednesday. That same lists ranks Kobe Bryant as the third highest-paid athlete in the world at $48 million, which covers his salary and endorsement deals. And partly thanks to the Lakers’ second consecutive championship, Forbes also says Staples Center remained the most profitable sports venue in the U.S.

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It seems no longer that a player will stick it out for the team that drafted him, no longer will a player gut through the heartbreak of multiple playoff losses, and use that as motivation to get to the top.

This new school era, looks like it will take the easy way out.

LeBron James a back-to-back NBA MVP, did not want to gut it out with the Cavaliers, he decided that the time is now to go chase a ring.

Charles Barkley did it in Houston, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton with the Lakers, Kevin Garnett going to the Celtics. They all went to different franchises, with dominant superstars to chase a ring, but there is one difference.

Their best playing days were behind them, AKA they were out of their prime.

That’s why LeBron James teaming up with Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh was such a dynamic shift in the history of the league. This doesn’t happen, heck it never has. Dwayne Wade and LeBron James are the two best players in the league behind Kobe Bryant.

Chris Bosh isn’t too shabby either, a top 10 talent no doubt, and now they are all on the same team.

Maybe, this generation of superstars have got smarter. Rather, then wait it out, and possibly have to chase a ring at the end of their careers, they team up with the best the league has to offer earlier in their career, to almost guarantee a ring before its too late.

LeBron has seen the stigma attached to Barkley, Malone, and Stockton, and he doesn’t want that. But, what’s more honorable, figuring out a way to win it all with the team you have went to battle with the last 7 years. Or put your ego aside, and decide its time to go team up with other superstars to gain that ultimate prize.

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Chris Paul to the Lakers? I’m all for it!

UPDATE: Sources told Chris Broussard on Thursday that the Knicks and Magic are on Paul’s list of preferred destinations, but the Lakers are not.

CBS Report: According to a source with knowledge of his plan, Chris Paul has requested that the Hornets trade him to the Knicks, Magic or Lakers before the season begins.”He wants out,” the source told Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

“He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”

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He is back in the Free Agency market. If he takes a paycut, he’s welcome in LA.

News10: Matt Barnes found out early Tuesday morning his deal with the Toronto Raptors had fallen apart, putting the Sacramento native back on the NBA free agent market.

“I had a deal, I thought I was going to Toronto yesterday but part of the sign and trade fell through,” Barnes told News10’s Bryan May.

Barnes who played with Orlando last year was supposed to have a two-year 10 million dollar deal with the Raptors, but the Magic could not afford the contract to the make the trade happen.

However, the Del Campo High graduate still remains a hot commodity on the free-agent market and is still talking to several clubs.

“Cleveland is in there, Miami, the Lakers, and we are still talking to Toronto so we will see.” said Barnes.

Continue reading ‘Barnes-Raptors deal falls apart; begins talks with Lakers’

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Kobe is finally getting the respect he deserves.

L.A. Times: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is tied with golfer Tiger Woods as the favorite American Sports star, according to the findings of a Harris Interactive poll released Tuesday.

The poll results reveal more about the fickle nature of sports fans than it really shows about the player himself. LeBron James dropped from third to sixth after facing nearly universal criticism by announcing his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in an hour-long special on ESPN. Woods dropped in popularity after reports surfaced about numerous affairs preceded his struggles on the course. And Bryant jumped from four to a first-place tie after winning his fifth NBA title.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.