NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers

Will Scott bench Kobe Bryant? 

September, 11, 2014
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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott met with subscribers of The Orange County Register and several topics regarding the team were discussed. One of the topics from the group was the possibility that Scott needs to bench Kobe Bryant during the regular season and the head coach said that likely will happen.
It's never too early to look ahead, and that's a big part of what we do here at Rumor Central, so lets turn our attention to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will a new-look Lakers team with Byron Scott running the show, Kobe Bryant back on the court and new additions like Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle be enough to contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference next season?

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If you play fantasy basketball, Jordan Hill is one big man you'll want to think about in the middle of your draft next season. Sound crazy? Here's why 2014-15 could be the year he breaks out.

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Big opportunity for Lin in L.A.? 

July, 11, 2014
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Linsanity is coming to Los Angeles, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Goodman reported on Twitter that Houston will send Jeremy Lin along with a first round pick to the Lakers in order to clear the cap space needed to sign Chris Bosh and match the offer sheet Chandler Parsons signed with Dallas.

Lin could have the chance to put up big numbers in L.A.

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ESPN's Marc Stein reports Tuesday morning that at least once source believes that the Nets "are lasered in on Lionel Hollins as their next coach," and many signs are pointing towards Hollins landing the job in Brooklyn. Hollins reportedly met with the Nets brass for several hours on Monday night, and will continue to meet on Tuesday.

But the Lakers are reportedly still interested in Hollins as well.

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Jordan Hill's top three suitors 

June, 30, 2014
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Jordan Hill took advantage of his limited minutes in Los Angeles to establish himself as one of the league's top offensive rebounders, and the unrestricted free agent could see his role -- and his minutes -- expand next season.

Here is the early list of teams that are interested in the former lottery pick.

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Payton in play for Lakers at No. 7? 

June, 17, 2014
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ESPN Insider Chad Ford has been all over Elfrid Payton's meteoric rise up the draft boards of many teams around the NBA, and currently Ford has the former Louisiana Lafayette star projected to go No. 8 overall to Sacramento.

Could he go even higher than that, though?

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Latest on Lakers coaching search 

June, 3, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed five candidates to fill their head coaching vacancy -- Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy, Alvin Gentry and Kurt Rambis -- and on Monday we learned that Larry Brown, Scott Skiles and Derek Fisher are also on the team's radar.

So where do things stand for those who have already interviewed?

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After his mid-season trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kent Bazemore proved to be much more than the towel-waving bench player that he was during his time in Golden State.

The 24-year-old undoubtedly took advantage of the plethora of injuries on the Lakers roster and playing in the open court system of Mike D'Antoni, but -- as is the case with Kendall Marshall -- it allowed him to show what he could do on the court. After averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games with L.A., do the Lakers plan to do what it takes this summer to bring back the restricted free agent?

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Some of the names who were thought to be top candidates earlier this month no longer appear to be the front-runners, from UConn coach Kevin Ollie (signed new deal at UConn) to Kentucky coach John Calipari (has shot down rumors and speculation).

Who has the best shot at the job now?

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With no coach, only three players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre) and a likely early pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers are entering an offseason of change the likes of which we've rarely seen from the legendary franchise.

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Mike D'Antoni's resignation from the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night opens up one of the biggest coaching jobs in the NBA, and there certainly will be a long list of coaches interested in the opening. Here are some of the early names being tossed around:

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Is Calipari replacing D'Antoni? 

April, 7, 2014
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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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Marshall still starting for Lakers? 

March, 6, 2014
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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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Which teams would take Embiid No. 1? 

January, 15, 2014
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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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