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September 22, 2021

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Dennis Schroder pokes fun at how he ‘fumbled the bag’

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Dennis Schroder made headlines when he signed with the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t about the money he gained. It was for the money he lost. Last season, the guard turned down a four-year, $84 million contract extension offer from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to become an unrestricted......

Sources: DeAndre Jordan intends to join Lakers

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After finalizing a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons, three-time All-Star center DeAndre Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN. Detroit acquired Jordan, four second-round picks and $5.78 million in a deal with Brooklyn on Friday with the intention of buying out the remaining two......

New places, familiar faces: The star-studded Lakers and Nets appear ready to rely on big-name veterans

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are prepared to hoop like it’s 2015. For real, though. The contenders will pursue the 2021-22 NBA championship with rosters featuring 10 selections from the 2015 All-Star Game, when newly acquired Lakers guard Russell Westbrook earned MVP honors for the league’s midseason showcase.......

What if? Skills that could change the games of four NBA stars

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The best players in the NBA are elite for a reason. The Milwaukee Bucks‘ two-time MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is one of the premier two-way players in the league. Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic is among the most dangerous players in the world at just 22 years old. Still, even the......

The Lakers Need This to Be the Year of Anthony Davis

Sports Illustrated
By most standards, Anthony Davis’s 2020–21 season was perfectly fine, if not occasionally impressive. His 22-point, eight-rebound, three-assist per game averages warranted selection to an eighth straight All-Star team and, when healthy, Davis pressed on as a crucial member of the league’s top defense. But, in an ultimately frustrating campaign......

Under-the-radar concerns for the Lakers, Nets and five other NBA title contenders

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The Brooklyn Nets enter September as the betting favorites to take home the 2021-22 NBA title — and for good reason. The superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving form the most-feared big three in the league. But that group played just 14 games together during the......

Sources: Rondo to rejoin Lakers on 1-year deal

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Rajon Rondo plans to sign a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers upon clearing waivers Monday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rondo, who agreed to a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, will still make his full $7.5 million salary this season between the buyout......

Report: Rajon Rondo to Return to Lakers on One-Year Deal

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador Rajon Rondo will sign with the Lakers after he clears waivers Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $2.6 million. Rondo, 35, agreed to a buyout with the Grizzlies on Saturday and it......

Sources: Rondo likely to join Lakers after buyout

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Rajon Rondo will likely sign with the Los Angeles Lakers upon clearing waivers after a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. Rondo will clear waivers Monday and will likely be signed to fill one of the final available roster spot with the Lakers,......

2021 NBA Offseason Awards

Sports Illustrated
The dust has settled after another whirlwind offseason, and we’re left entering next season with a deep crop of intriguing teams both in and out of the championship picture. The Suns will look to fend off the Nuggets, Jazz and a resurgent Lakers squad for the Western Conference crown, while......

Never-before-seen Kobe photos to sell as NFTs

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LOS ANGELES — As fans look to find ways to remember Kobe Bryant this week — with the late Lakers star’s birthday Monday followed by the date on the calendar that commemorates his uniforms Tuesday, 8/24 — a blockchain company has found another way to honor Mamba forever. Cryptograph, a......

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Grading Every Team in the West

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Pina Coming off an 18-month stretch that included postseason play inside a single-site bubble, extended isolation from friends and family, an abundance of injuries that were (somewhat) brought on by an atypically tight regular-season schedule and shortened offseason, dozens......

NBA Power Rankings: Who are the league’s best teams now?

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How has the NBA’s landscape changed after the draft and free agency? The biggest shocker came on draft night, when the Los Angeles Lakers sprung a deal with the Washington Wizards to land former MVP Russell Westbrook. The move created the league’s newest superstar Big Three of Westbrook, LeBron James......

Russell Westbrook’s hometown return continues in a new jersey and sport

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Russell Westbrook can now add pitcher to his already impressive athletic résumé. In honor of Lakers Day at Dodger Stadium, the new Los Angeles Lakers guard continued his homecoming by tossing the first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The New York Mets defeated the Dodgers 7-2. A......

Rematches, reunions and rookie debuts: The NBA games we can’t wait to see in 2021-22

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The NBA schedule is here. And unlike last season’s unveiling that broke games into first and second halves, we know all 1,230 games up front. The 2021-22 season tips off on Oct. 19 with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Brooklyn Nets on ring night. The last time these......

On the biggest deals, best player and title favorites: The 2021-22 NBA offseason survey

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7:20 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN The past two seasons have seen the NBA — like the rest of the world — deal with unprecedented circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused as much upheaval across the NBA as any sports league in North America and beyond, with the 2019-20 season ending......

In Eager Anticipation of a Lakers-Nets Finals Matchup

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Pina Assuming the NBA has moved past the disquieting 18 months that yielded its past two champions, it makes perfect sense to expect a more “traditional” Finals in 2022. And for myriad reasons, the most traditional-looking Finals would pit......

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