NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers

A tweet by 12-year NBA veteran Rex Chapman that was posted shortly before the Men's NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky, his alma matter, has the basketball world wondering: Is John Calipari the man tabbed to be Mike D'Antoni's replacement in Los Angeles?

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Kendall Marshall was relegated to the bench at the start of the second half of Tuesday's game against New Orleans, sparking the possibility that he could be supplanted in the starting lineup by Jordan Farmar as soon as Thursday's game against the rival Clippers. Will that be the case?

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Though the 2014 NBA draft is expected to include at least three players with a chance at the No. 1 overall pick -- Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid -- the player who ultimately hears his named called first will largely come down to which team lands the top pick.

Given each team's needs, some would likely go with the mature, ready-made game of Parker, who could end up being the closest thing we've seen to Paul Pierce since ... well, Paul Pierce. Others would have a hard time passing on Wiggins, the smooth, rangy top-tier athlete with enormous upside. But what about Embiid, the late-blooming skilled 7-footer? Which teams would select him No. 1 overall? One of our experts weighed in on that today.

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When Kobe and Nash could return 

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Steve Nash (back) hasn't played in a game in two months, and Kobe Bryant (knee) lasted only six games upon returning from Achilles surgery before fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. On Friday, we learned that players could be back on the court by the end of the month.

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NBA: Owed tax and salary cap room 

January, 8, 2014
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The Chicago Bulls got below the luxury tax line by $548,798 on Tuesday once they acquired and then waived Andrew Bynum. There was another trade (Boston - Memphis - Oklahoma City) and six more players who were waived on Tuesday. As a result, the owed tax and salary cap room changed for several teams.

Here is the updated owed tax and salary cap room based on moves over the last five days:

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The on-again, off-again trade talks involving between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum just might be on again.

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Cavs-Lakers talks continue 

January, 6, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly preferred to finalize a deal for center Andrew Bynum by Sunday to make sure the trade gets cleared by Tuesday, however the day came without an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reportedly the Lakers also want guard Dion Waiters, as part of a potential deal which would see Pau Gasol end up in Cleveland, however the Cavs won't do that.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz have been talking with the Cleveland Cavaliers about acquiring Andrew Bynum in a trade. Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, the Lakers and Cavs "made progress" Saturday on a trade that would swap Bynum for Gasol. Of course, it's Bynum's unique contract, not his on-court presence, that those teams want. That's why there is a rapidly advancing clock on those trade talks.

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Kendall Marshall's chance to shine 

January, 3, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers point guard position has been ravaged by injuries and Thursday head coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed Kendall Marshall is now the stater with Jordan Farmar's recent injury (torn left hamstring).

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Xavier Henry's right knee injury 

December, 30, 2013
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First Steve Nash, then Jordan Farmar, then Steve Blake, then Kobe Bryant and now Xavier Henry can be added to the list of players on the Los Angeles Lakers who have played the point guard position and suffered an injury. Henry hurt his right knee on Sunday and is set to have an MRI on Monday to determine why it "kind of buckled" when he tried to plant during a play in the first quarter.

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Kendall Marshall's big chance 

December, 20, 2013
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The short-handed Los Angeles Lakers signed 2012 lottery pick Kendall Marshall on Thursday evening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. It's a move we speculated about a couple weeks ago, and one that makes a lot of sense in the short-term. Marshall could get a chance to play a prominent role over the next month, possibly entering the rotation as soon as Friday, with the Lakers in desperate need of healthy bodies to run the point.

And while this may not be Marshall's last chance in the NBA, it certainly will be important that he shows more than he did last year as a rookie in Phoenix.

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Lakers now in complete sell-mode? 

December, 19, 2013
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Even with a healthy Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers faced an uphill battle to make the playoffs this season. Entering Thursday, Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Lakers' playoff chances at only 9.0 percent.

But following the news today of Bryant's fractured left knee, which is expected to keep him out six weeks, and the similarly gloomy update on Steve Nash -- who'll be out at least another four weeks -- that 9 percent chance just got a whole lot smaller.

Perhaps even small enough to send the Lakers into all-out sell mode as we head into the NBA's trade season.

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Other potential deals for the Lakers 

December, 19, 2013
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ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein report on Thursday that, at least for now, the Los Angeles Lakers are taking Pau Gasol off the trading block. But Gasol is not the only attractive trade chip the Lakers have.

As this tweet by LakersNation.com points out, the list of Lakers who are set to become free agents after the season is long: Gasol, Wesley Johnson, Xavier Henry, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman, Shawne Williams, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill. Even Nick Young, who likely will turn down the $1.22 million option for next season, will probably be added to this list.

If the Lakers fall out of the ultra-competitive playoff picture out West -- and right now they are 2.5 games behind Denver for the No. 8 seed -- don't be surprised if they unload some of these expiring contracts for draft picks and/or players on multi-year deals who can be a part of the team's future. Only speculating here, but here are some potential trade fits:

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Potential suitors for Pau Gasol 

December, 16, 2013
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It remains to be seen if the Los Angeles Lakers will trade disgruntled center Pau Gasol. After all, finding a trade partner for a declining 33-year-old earning more than $19 million in 2013-14 could prove to be a difficult task, and even if they do, the trade fit would have to be right.

ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein highlighted that in their story on Gasol over the weekend: "The Lakers' main objective with every personnel move this year has been to maintain their financial flexibility over the next three summers, when several premier free agents will become available. Sources maintain the Lakers would be reluctant to surrender that hard-fought flexibility in a potential deal for Gasol or any other player. Yet it's believed the Lakers would consider taking back salary commitments for the 2014-15 season if they received a strong offer featuring a player who could significantly help them this season and beyond or other assets to help them reload around Bryant."

Shelburne and Stein mentioned New York's Tyson Chandler (owed $28.7 million over the next two seasons) and the Chicago's Carlos Boozer (owed $32.1 million over the next two seasons) as possible options, but here are a few others that would make sense:

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When Jordan Farmar returns 

December, 16, 2013
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Injuries to Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar have left Kobe Bryant to handle the point guard responsibilities for the Los Angeles Lakers, but Farmar could be back soon.

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