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ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is taking a break from basketball this summer.

In an interview with AOL Fanhouse on Monday, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Bryant, as well as every other player on the 2008 Olympic team except for Deron Williams and Chris Paul, will not compete in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

“It’s a combination of three things: free agency, injuries and having gone hard for a long time,” Colangelo said. “And I’m OK with that.”

Bryant had not decided whether he would play before leaving for South Africa to attend the World Cup, but hinted it was time for a break after his exit interview two weeks ago.

“We’ve been in the Finals now three years in a row,” he said. “We’ve been playing a great deal of basketball, so, this summer for me is about getting healthy. I think that will give us the best opportunity to defend our title again.”

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This comes one day after signing Steve Blake. We’ll see how talks go.

ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers have opened negotiations with Derek Fisher and while no deal is in place, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher they are confident the point guard will return to the Lakers next season.

Fisher, who won his fifth title with Los Angeles last month, has said he wants to come back to the Lakers.

The Lakers did reach out to Fisher in the opening hours of free agency, but could have difficulty re-signing the veteran if he gets a lucrative offer from another team. Los Angeles already is well over the projected salary cap for next season even before filling out its roster.

The start of contract talks with Fisher come a day after the Lakers signed Steve Blake. The veteran point guard could replace the 35-year-old Fisher as the team’s starting point guard.

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The champagne has dried and the parade is over, but that doesn’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers from making news, and L.W.O. Radio #9 gets you caught up with the Lakers pivotal off-season decisions.

David Brickley joins G-Small to discuss Phil Jackson‘s decision to return, the Lakers free agent situation, and the league wide bonanza for superstars.

It may be the off season, but we never take off from giving you consistent Lakers coverage!

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It seems like other teams know how big Derek is to a team and want to take him away from the Lakers.

UPDATE: Fisher reportedly turned down a one-year, $2.5 million contract offer from the Lakers today, and is in talks with the Cavaliers and Heat.

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ESPN: The source said that several teams, including the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, have expressed a strong interest in Fisher, believing “he’ll be the final piece to a championship.”

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An interesting tidbit on the status of the negotiations with T-Mac.

Bleacher Report: Since his agent last communicated the veteran guard’s wishes to the Lakers’ organization back in early June, Tracy McGrady’s camp has not received any contract offer from the Los Angeles Lakers.

McGrady still holds great interest in playing for the champion Lakers, yet the team has yet to initiate any contract negotiations since the NBA’s free agency period began on July 1.

The reason for this lack of contact stems from the Lakers’ front office desire to maintain control over the negotiation process.

Back in June, Tracy McGrady’s agent indicated that the superstar guard would sign for no less than the mid-level exception at $5.8 million.

The Lakers, not intimidated by such a strong statement, have withheld any contract offers to the former Houston guard in response.

With the signing of Steve Blake at $4 million per year, the Lakers have $1.8 million left to spend using the team’s mid-level exception.

However, the Lakers would prefer to sign McGrady at the veteran’s minimum, a pay cut too steep for the former All-Star guard, who made $22.8 million during the 2009-2010 NBA season.

Continue reading ‘Lakers keeping quiet on T-Mac negotiations’

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This is great. We don’t want to lose 2 big pieces to the team.

ESPN: If you believe Kupchak, a sign-and-trade is unlikely to involve Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom, two names that have been thrown around in trade scenarios, because the GM said Friday he doesn’t expect any “major changes to the team.”

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Interesting tidbit. I think T-Mac would be a great addition; would love to see the Lakers reach out to him – thoughts?

ESPN: Tracy McGrady (30-year old 7-Time All-Star) is interested in playing for the Lakers. But so far, there have been no initial talks between the Lakers and McGrady’s camp.

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UPDATE: Sam Amick of NBAFanHouse is reporting the 4-year deal is worth $16 million. No options.

Steve Blake has agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers, according to a report from John Canzanao.

RealGM Note: Blake bounced around the NBA for several seasons before finding a home with the Blazers in his second tenure. He was dealt to the Clippers shortly before the 2010 NBA deadline in a deal that brought Marcus Camby to Portland.

The point guard position was one area where the Lakers addressed as a high priority this offseason.

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A true warrior, gave everything he could to this organization and it has been evident in the 5 championships he has helped bring to the city.

Lakers.com: It’s not that Derek Fisher wouldn’t have been interested in playing Robert Downey Jr.’s role in the “Iron Man” series … he’s just been too busy playing in 413 straight NBA games over the past six regular seasons.

The Lakers guard – set to become a free agent on July 1 – has not missed a game since April 13, 2005, when he was a Golden State Warrior.

L.A.’s co-captain then played in the final three games of that season, every single game in 2005-06 for the Warriors, and every contest between 2007 and 2010 with the Lakers.

“It means a lot to me because it symbolizes the commitment and sacrifice required to come to work every day and be available to your team every day,” said Fisher in his exit interview. “That requires a lot of sacrifice. Some of those hot days in the summer when you could be at the park with the kids or going to lunch with your kids, a lot of times I’m working out. It’s worked out well, and I’ve made an investment.”

Continue reading ‘Derek Fisher: The Iron Man’

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This is a good sign from Sasha. We need the Machine back!

L.A. Times: “I love it; I’m not going to lie to you,” said Vujacic, who had also assumed more point guard duties with the Slovenian national team. “It’s a big responsibility…. I’m up for the challenge.”

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An interesting tidbit on the Lakers’ free agency search. Alex Kennedy reports:

Hoopsworld: Tony Allen has received interest from many teams in the first day of free agency. Last night, several teams looking for a defensive stopper made calls inquiring about Allen and it’s clear there are teams ready to bid for his services.

The Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, and Chicago Bulls are among the teams that expressed interest in the guard. Most teams are waiting for the top tier free agents to make decisions before pursuing others but Allen will have a list of potential suitors when that time comes. Allen’s impressive track record in the postseason and lockdown perimeter defense has many teams interested in his services.

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More free agency news.

ESPN: Other than Miller, the Lakers have shown some interest in Raja Bell and Anthony Morrow, two Golden State players with the ability to spread the floor with their outside shooting. Bell tied for the league lead in 3-pointers with 205 in 2006-07 and Morrow, a 24-year-old swingman, led the league in 3-point percentage as a rookie, connecting at a 46.7 percent clip in 2008-09.

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Interesting news being reported involving Mike Miller. FoxSports.com is reporting Lakers have offered the full MLE:

Twitter: Source told FOXSports.com that Mike Miller has already met with the Lakers, Knicks and Heat out in L.A. Lakers offered 5 years, $30 million.

Though ESPN is reporting no offer has been made as of yet, discussions are on!

ESPN: The Lakers have opened discussions with free-agent swingman Mike Miller although no contract has been offered, a source close to the situation said Thursday.

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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.