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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Help On The Way?

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As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to scuttle through the season, future personnel moves have once again risen to the forefront of discussions.

The latest round of rumors are centered around two players many Laker fans have been clamoring for quite some time — Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Minnesota’s Kevin Love — and a relatively new name, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Irving has privately been telling those around him that he wants out of Cleveland.  While the Lakers likely don’t have enough pieces to currently entice the Cavaliers to trade their All-Star point guard, Irving’s contract runs through the 2014-2015 season and how Dan Gilbert will handle the matter is something to keep an eye on.

As for Love, who many have essentially considered a lock to join the Lakers once his contract allows, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports one general manager told him Love joining the Lakers is a “100 percent certainty.”  Love will be a free agent in 2015.

There is the possibility the Lakers address the point guard position prior to any potential trade talks with the Cavaliers.  Broussard also reports the Lakers may make a substantial offer to Bledsoe, who is set to become a restricted free agent following the 2013-2014 season.  

On the injury front, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash all returned to practice on Thursday.  Each have been ruled out for Friday’s game, with Nash potentially returning on Tuesday.

Pau Gasol was held out of practice due to a groin injury but is listed as probable for Friday.

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Lakers Draft News: Team Inquiring About Austrailian PG Dante Exum

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving Privately Trying To Get Out Of Cleveland?

Lakers Rumors: Lakers Willing To Overpay To Sign Eric Bledsoe?

Lakers Trade Rumors: Kevin Love “100 Percent” Will Join Lakers

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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Vows To Stop Criticizing The Lakers
Steve Nash: ‘It’s The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Deal With’

About The Author

Matthew Moreno is a journalist from Whittier, Calif., serving as an associate editor at Dodgers Nation. A journalism major and communications minor at Cal State Long Beach, Moreno also contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as a co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football.

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  • NickOld

    I’m hoping we can attract Lowrye this summer, that guys putting up all star numbers and flying under the radar. In 15 hopefully Love and or Asik.

  • MONOPLY

    Lakers 2014-2015 Sweet

    PG Kendall Marshall+Jordan Farmar+Manny Harris
    SG Kobe Bryant+Nick Young
    SF Andrew Wiggins+Wes Johnson
    PF Kevin Love+Jordan Hill+Ryan Kelly
    C Marcin Gortat+Robert Sacre

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Love won’t realistically be available to us until the 2015 offseason, so that’s 2015-16 season.

  • Bosh Mania

    Nobody ever talks about Chris Bosh coming to the Lakers in 2014 free agency,he is a upcoming free agent why not get him?He is a bad ass player.

    Imagine the Lakers having this squad next season Kobe,Bosh,Jabari,Lowry,Marshall,Swaggy P.,Hill,R Kelly,Meeks,Wes,Xavier,Sacre

    That team would be a top 4 seed in the western conference if they stay healthy.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Eh, Bosh is another player labeled as soft. He’s a 6’11 player averaging what, 7 rebounds a game? 1 block? He’s not that great. Good role player, but that’s about it, I guess. Plus, I don’t think we could afford to bring him in and realistically have a shot at Love in 2015.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Sacre does not impress me. I don’t know why he is playing and the veteran and almost all star Kaman is not. Jabari is not coming out. He is staying at Duke. In that group I want K Love and R Westbrook included. Forget about the rumor of K Irving. Russell is better, arguably the best pg if not injured.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    better go after Bledsoe or Lowry… Luol Deng is also a FA… I am not sure what is the status of Bosh… but he can be a very good addition….

    Bledsoe – drive and kick in PNR, and defense,

    Kobe – scoring-stretching floor and drives

    Deng – for defense on the 3 and stretching floor

    Bosh – mid-range to stretch the floor in PNR

    Hill for defense and rebounding

  • quickster

    The most annoying about the Lakers is they still have Kobe Bryant. As long his a Laker will always butt heads with any superstar coming in. Shaq, Howard. The Lakers should have not resign him I hope the Lakers will have a losing season so they can have a higher draft pick. If they do, they should draft Joel Embiid for the center spot. In 2015, sign Kevin Love for 17 or 18 millions and don’t resign Pau and Nash. The Lakers should have a cap space of 19 millions from Pau and 9 millons from Nash. Go after Klay Thompson sign him for 6 millions. In 2016, when Kobe leaves hopefully, try to sign Kevin Durant for 20 millions a season. The Lakers can go after a point guard with the remaining salary. Oh, Kobe didn’t start winning any rings until Phil Jackson became the head coach. Before that it was Rudy Tomjanovich as the head coach and he didn’t do anything.

    • Jim213

      DH a superstar?! He can’t even carry the Rockettes.

    • Matthew Moreno

      Kobe certainly isn’t easy to play with, but I think he would concede and share the spotlight with someone who is willing to rise to the occasion and embrace the good and bad that comes with being the leader of the Lakers.

      Dwight Howard was not that person.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      The salary cap is, what, 60 million or so? Kobe’s contract in 2015 is about 25 million. That leaves 35 million for the rest of the squad. If we sign Love, who will most likely want a raise from his 15 million, for about 20 mill that leaves us with 15 mill for 10 other players. If you think that it’s quite possible we’ll have a Top 5 draft pick in addition to those two players, our cap space is looking pretty sketchy.

  • KLove2015

    Kevin Love would be amazing. He’s an all-star but most importantly, he has no ego and a team player. Liked KLove at UCLA, would love to see this guy in LA again.

    On a related note, I really (really) hope Lakers don’t sign Carmelo. That locker room would be so toxic.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      I also don’t see Melo being a fit in LA. Not only with Kobe, but with D’Antoni and the fan base.

  • ersliva

    THE LAKERS IF THEY ARE WANTING TO MOVE GASOL NEED TO OFFER HIM ALONG WITH KELLY FOR LOVE…ADDING NO DRAFT PICKS…THEN THIS SUMMER USE SAID FIRST RD PICK TO GET BOTH OF CLEVELANDS EARLY SECOND RD PICKS AND USE THOSE PICKS TO GET MCADOO AND AUSTIN…THEN SIGN LOWRY ALONG WITH HAWES AND ARIZA IN FREE AGENCY….TRY AND RESIGN YOUNG AND HILL ALONG WITH JOHNSON/MEEKS AND HARRIS…HAVE NASH RETIRE/LET BLAKE GO/MAYBE RESIGN FARMAR….AND RESIGN MARSHALL….
    BUT THATS IF THE LAKERS CAN LAND LOVE BEFORE THE ALL STAR BREAK…IF THEY CANT…
    RESIGN GASOL/THEN SIGN GRANGER AND BOSH….AND GO AFTER RONDO WITH THE DRAFT PICK….

  • Lakers

    We DONT NEED LOWRY OR BLEDSOE but GO FOR DANTE EXUM OR RONDO DENG NOT MELO CENTER POSITION EMBIID HIBBERT BROOK LOPEZ SANDERS

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