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New Lakers point guard, Steve Nash, posted a video on twitter Friday night.

The tweet read, “L.A. Thanks for the warm welcome” with the below video attached.

It’s probably safe to say these Laker fans are excited to see Nash in the Purple & Gold.

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Photo by Christian Petersen | Getty Images

As acquisitions became official at 12:01 am EST, Steve Nash has officially become a Los Angeles Laker. Nash will be receiving around $27 million over the next three seasons, which currently puts him under contract one year beyond Kobe. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at noon PST. He will wear number 10.

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UPDATE: A statement released by the Lakers states that Dr. Buss is recovering and is expected to be released soon.

TMZ reported that Dr. Jerry Buss was hospitalized for severe dehydration Monday night.

              According to sources, 78-year-old Buss fell ill at his home around 9pm and someone inside the

              house called 911.  The L.A. City Fire Department responded and paramedics rushed Jerry to a

             local L.A. hospital. It’s unclear if Jerry’s still being treated, or has been released.

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Devin Ebanks has re-signed with the Lakers on a one year deal worth a little over one million dollars. His agent stated that it wasn’t a financial decision as much as a career decision. Ebanks was named the starting SF on Christmas Day last season, but fell out of the rotation within a few games. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season.

 

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Kobe was on “The Herd” and here is a quick summary of what he discussed:

On playing with Steve Nash: By being in the same draft class in 1996, we have a bond that goes beyond our rivalry. Nash puts me in my original position. I no longer have to handle the ball. I wont have to work so hard to get shots and I can focus on just finishing plays.

On last season: Last year was tough. There were a lot of inconsistencies. We were making adjustments and learning the system in the playoffs.

On relationship with management: We have more of an open dialogue this summer as opposed to last summer. It’s more of a team effort now.

On following trade chatter and if the Lakers are done making moves: I don’t know if we are done making moves. A lot of the time, the moves that happen for our franchise are the ones not talked about. They seem to come out of nowhere. I listen to the chatter about players like Dwight, but it’s tough to decipher what’s real or not.

What Ring 6 means: It’s huge. I play for the love of the game and the challenge to win championships. Championships is what I play for.  I love the challenge of holding off the young guys who say I’m too old and my time is done.

On chances next season: We increased our chances by bringing Steve in… I like our chances to win the whole thing.

On how much longer he will play: I think I have 3, maybe 4 years left. As long as I keep wanting to play. I’ve been in the NBA since I was 17, and by that time, I will have spent more than half of my life playing.

 

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Steve Nash sat down with Marc Stein to talk about joining the Lakers, his relationship with Kobe Bryant, and what a championship would mean to him.

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After helping win the Gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Kobe was determined to let the world know how Team USA feels – “We’re going to bring back the gold to the U.S.”

The final twelve man Team USA Roster:

G – Kobe Bryant (Lakers), G – Chris Paul (Clippers), G – Deron Williams (Nets), G – Russel Westbrook (Thunder), G – James Harden (Thunder)

F – LeBron James (HEAT), F – Kevin Durant (Thunder), F – Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), F – Kevin Love (Timberwolves), F – Blake Griffin (Clippers), F – Andre Iguodala (76ers)

C – Tyson Chandler (Knicks)

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Reports have suggested the Lakers are interested in taking a look at shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Meeks played for the 76ers last season and averaged 8.4 points per game in 25 minutes.

Although Meeks shot only 41% from the field last season, he shot almost 37% from the arc. Lakers troubles last season revolved around the inability to space the floor for their bigs, and Meeks could help off the bench.

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According to Eric Pincus from Hoopsworld, the Lakers main concern with trading for Dwight Howard is not the extension, but recovery from back surgery. Word is the recovery has been going “very slowly.”

Andrew Bynum remains the main asset coveted by the Magic, and he would be open to signing a long-term extension. However, in any Howard trade, the Magic want to include players like Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson or Chris Duhon and get their salary off the books. In short, the Magic are trying to erase ex-Magic GM Otis Smith’s mistakes in any Howard trade. As of now, the Lakers do not want to take on any additional salary unless they too can unload a contract like Metta World Peace.

As for the extension, Laker brass are confident that by owning Howard’s Bird Rights, he would also sign long-term.

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It looks like the Lakers have finally solved their point guard issues.

According to Yahoo Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski, Steve Nash is headed to Los Angeles via a sign and trade.

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According to ESPN, Nash will reportedly receive a three-year deal in excess of $25 million:

The Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers, who can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.”

There has also been rumors that Steve Nash wants to recruit Grant Hill to come with him to Los Angeles.

According to Paul Coro, beat writer with the Arizona Republic, the Lakers will give the Suns four future draft picks:

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Stay tuned to LakerNation for this developing story.

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UPDATE: Sign and Trade with Lakers blocked by Suns management. Knicks now the front runners to land Nash.

Reports have begun to surface that the Lakers would be interested in acquiring the All-Star Point Guard. Nash, 38, was still very productive last season, averaging over 12 points and 10 assists per game.  Sources state that Suns owner, Robert Sarver, would be reluctant to trade Nash to a division rival.

Lakers are limited in free agency and would only be able to offer Nash the mini-MLE at $3M per season. However, the Lakers could try to acquire Nash with the $9M trade player exception that they received from the Lamar Odom trade last December.

Nash was recently quoted as saying “…it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey”

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According to sources, the Orlando Magic are targeting Andrew Bynum as a possible swap for Dwight Howard. With a package focused on the Second team All NBA center, the Lakers would most likely have to take contracts off the Magic’s books and provide future draft picks.

The Magic would need a guarantee from Bynum that he extends to sign an extension, and right now it is unclear whether Dwight Howard would re-sign long term with the Lakers if traded. It is no secret around NBA circles that the Brooklyn Nets are still Howard’s first choice, but the Lakers are trying to hit a home run and maximize the last years of Kobe Bryant’s career.

Nation: Is it worth risking losing Dwight Howard after one season? Is the possible reward too great to pass up?

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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.