Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Can The Lakers Keep It Together?

Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Can The Lakers Keep It Together?

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Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersTomorrow is the first day that free agents can officially sign contracts. Dwight Howard has left Los Angeles and the Rockets’ hasty decision in mentioning the big man’s official status in Houston cost them $150 thousand. CP3 is known to be going to the Clippers, but the team can’t officially announce anything till tomorrow. Expect the internet to be a flutter with who is signing and who isn’t.

The news about Chris Kaman surfaced yesterday. But what was surprising was how dedicated he actually was in coming to Los Angeles; Kaman decided to take considerably less money to come play in Los Angeles for the Lakers. Now that is dedication. Kaman is expected to provide a good backup center role behind Pau Gasol. He is a solid rebounder and low post scorer. Kaman has a career average of 11.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, and 1.4 bpg. The one-year contract for Kaman allows the Lakers to save money and cap room for 2014.

There is the potential the Lakers amnesty forward Metta World Peace, saving them 30 million dollars. In an interview with Metta’s longtime friend, Jose Morales, Morales stated that if Metta couldn’t return to L.A. this coming season, he would love to play for the Knicks. A New York native, this decision makes sense.

Suki Thind of Lakers Nation wrote a piece today cataloging the positives behind signing Lamar Odom. Odom is likely not the same player he was a few years ago, but the limitations with the salary cap could make him a sensible pick. Check out the post to read up what else Suki sees in Odom.

Who’s excited to see D’Antoni coach next season? What about this summer? Gotcha! Not Mike, but his new assistant coach brother Dan D’Antoni will coach the Lakers’ summer league team. The Lakers’ Summer League is set to start on July 12 in Las Vegas against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers Rumors: If Amnestied, Metta World Peace Wants To Join The Knicks

Lakers News: Steve Nash Discusses Dwight Howard Departure To Rockets

Lakers News: Dan D’Antoni Will Coach Lakers Summer Team

Dwight Howard Called Out By Prominent Los Angeles Figures

Life After Dwight: Sources Say Lakers Seek LeBron, Melo, Kyrie, Love

PHOTOS: Lakers Fan Shows His Pride in Oklahoma City

Lakers News: Chris Kaman Took Less Money To Play With Lakers

Chris Kaman Photo Gallery: The NBA’s Most Photogenic Center

Lakers News: Kobe Sends Subtle Message To Dwight On Twitter

Lazenby: Uncertain Laker Future Begins And Ends With Jim Buss

Why Lamar Odom Would Be A Solid Addition To The Lakers’ Front Court

Lakers News

Dwight Howard’s Departure Makes a Lakers Future With LeBron James Harder to See [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kobe Bryant’s future with the Lakers is the next step [Silver Screen and Roll]

An Open Letter to Dwight Howard: We Aren’t Mad Because You Left [Silver Screen and Roll]

Metta World Peace’s Wants Knicks if Amnestied, Has List of Preferred Destinations [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Likely to Use Amnesty Provision on Metta World Peace [Forum Blue and Gold]

Lakers Weigh Amnestying World Peace [Lakers Index]

Kobe Bryant Already Lamenting Possible Loss of World Peace [Lakers Now]

Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers Next Summer? People Are Talking About It. [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe Bryant auction items to be displayed at Newport Sports Museum [latimes.com]

With Dwight Howard Leaving, the Los Angeles Clippers May Finally Challenge the Los Angeles Lakers for City Supremacy [ESPN Los Angeles]

On Twitter Metta World Peace Handles Amnesty News like Metta World Peace [PBT]

Lakers Statement Regarding Chris Kaman [THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS]

Who’s Been the Most Successful Player After Leaving the Lakers? [PBT]

Lakers Legends Rip Howard [Lakers Index]

Steve Nash: At Dwight Howard Meeting, Lakers ‘didn’t have a chance’ [Lakers Now]

Dwight Howard: Kobe Never Offered to Teach Me How to Be a Champion [PBT]

Side Effects of Dwight Howard’s Move [5 on 5]

Lakers Having Conversations to Bring Back Lamar Odom [PBT]

Steve Nash’s Soccer Showdown NYC to Air Tuesday on Cable Channels [LA Times]

Dwight Howard’s Departure Leaves Lakers Pondering a Wide-Open Future [Point Forward]

View From L.A. finally Changing? [ESPN]

Dwight Howard Asked Lakers to Hire Phil Jackson [PBT]

Kobe Bryant Wins Again [True Hoop]

Kobe Bryant Gives Back-Handed Words of ‘support’ to Dwight Howard [LA Times]

NBA News

Orlando Summer League Schedule [ESPN]

Why NBA Teams Shouldn’t Hoard Cap Space for 2014 [Bleacher Report]

NBA PM: Top Five Free Agency Moves [HOOPSWORLD]

Winners and Losers to this Point in NBA Free Agency [ProBasketballTalk]

Latest News on Free-Agent Guard Chase [ESPN]

Report: Hawks, Bucks Talking Jennings-Teague Swap [CBSSports.com]

NBA Summer League: Day 2 [NBADraft.net]

Victor Oladipo Learning to Play the Point [ESPN]

Trey Burke Brought In To Lead [HOOPSWORLD]

Dwight Howard Makes Friends, Buys Breakfast for Entire Houston Restaurant [ProBasketballTalk]

Bulls Reportedly Made a ‘hard push’ for Monta Ellis [SB Nation]

Andrew Bynum, Jeff Teague Headline List of the Top Remaining NBA Free Agents [Point Forward]

Brandon Jennings Demanding $12 Million a Year [CBSSports.com]

Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers President, Believes Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Have ‘Got Plenty Left’ [ESPN]

Andrew Bynum Receives Two-Year, $24 Million Offer from the Cavaliers [ProBasketballTalk]

Timberwolves Have Made a Formal Offer to Nikola Pekovic [CBSSports.com]

Will Bynum Agrees to Return to Detroit Pistons [ESPN]

Charlie Villanueva Won’t Play for Dominican National Team [Detroit Bad Boys]

Rockets Fined $150K for Publicly Commenting on Dwight Howard Deal During League’s Moratorium Period [ProBasketballTalk]

Denver Nuggets Acquire Randy Foye in Series of Deals Involving Andre Iguodala [ESPN]

Mike Woodson Luring Billups to Knicks? [HOOPSWORLD]