One of the major, ongoing storylines of the summer has been what is going to happen with Carmelo Antony and the Knicks. Well, rest easy. The Carmelo Antony Trade is done. He’s going from New York to Oklahoma City per Adrian Wojnarowski:

The draft pick is only a 2nd rounder, so this isn’t such a great return for the Knicks. Kanter can score, but is not good on defense. McDermott has offensive potential and will try defensively, but has not yet lived up to his status as a lottery pick (not to mention, this will already by his 3rd team). And the pick will be a 2nd round pick (though, it’s a Bulls pick, which means it should be pretty good since Chicago projects to be awful). In other words, this is a great deal for the Thunder.

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Lakers Media Day 2017: When & Where

Pete Zayas —  September 22, 2017 — 

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It’s been an eternity more than two months since Kyle Kuzma dropped 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trailblazers in the Summer League championship game, and our first glimpse of the 2017-18 Lakers is just around the corner. Lakers Media Day 2017 is on Monday, September 25th between 12:30 – 2:30pm PST, at the brand new UCLA Training Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Continue Reading…

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. I was 700 words into the plethora of Los Angeles Lakers tall trees heading into training camp, and the team went and signed yet another wooly mammoth—Andrew Bogut.

The basketball world last saw the aging veteran when he snapped his tibia less than a minute into his first appearance with the Cavaliers.

But lest anyone think the oft-injured vet’s partially guaranteed deal is just an insurance policy, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers are “planning on him being a big part of the team.” Continue Reading…

Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle each possess unique traits at their respective positions. Lonzo is a game-changing outlet passer who rebounds extremely well for a Point Guard, while Ingram and Randle are exceptional ball-handlers for their size, and a handful in transition. Their collective offensive potential is full of both exciting possibilities and potential concerns about their long term compatibility.

In the first Laker Film Room video for Forum Blue & Gold, I went back through the entire 2016-17 season’s worth of footage to see where Ingram and Randle progressed, thrived, and struggled, while combing through Lonzo’s Summer League to project forward into the 2017-18 season. Their collective ability in transition could make the Lakers one of the most exciting fast break teams in the NBA from Day 1, but questions regarding the outside shooting of Ingram and Randle, as well as the individual scoring ability of Lonzo Ball could be problematic in half court situations. Continue Reading…

In a wonderful behind the scenes look at what Andre Iguodala’s free agency process was like this summer, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports that the Lakers offered the Warriors wing big money to leave Golden State for Los Angeles. Here’s Haynes with the details:

Set up in the presidential suite at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Iguodala kicked off his free-agent meetings with a conference call with the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple sources said…

…Los Angeles had significant cap space and a desperate need for veteran leadership to help guide its young core, including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. The call lasted about 20 minutes, sources said, but the Lakers were optimistic and offered a one-year deal in the $20 million-plus range.

First, one might question “who cares?” regarding this report as it relates specifically to the Lakers. Teams try to sign FA’s every summer, and besides some high profile failures in this area under the final years of the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak partnership and the optics of missing out again this summer, this report falls in line with that. We only have access to this specific information because of Haynes’ great reporting, so what does that matter now?

While I can see this line of thinking, this interests me more on the levels of who the Lakers have targeted, why they target them, the means they use to try to get them to sign, and how all those things tie together into their larger free agent strategy. This is especially true now, in the wake of the Andrew Bogut signing.

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ESPN’s Darren Rovell is reporting that the Lakers have agreed to a jersey sponsorship deal with the e-commerce company Wish. The deal will reportedly pay the Lakers $12-14 million a year over the next 3 years. The Sports Business Journal has more information on Wish and details about the agreement with the Lakers:

Wish, founded in ’11, is a “digital mall” that sells discounted merchandise through an e-commerce platform. According to the company’s website, it is the sixth largest e-commerce company in the world. Lakers President of Business Operations Tim Harris said other elements of the Wish deal include a founding sponsorship in team’s training center, along with signage and hospitality in Staples Center. The Wish logo will also be on the team’s G-League South Bay Lakers franchise.

The NBA moved into the world of selling ads on their uniforms for this upcoming season and the reactions have been somewhat mixed.  For many, any disruption to the classic and clean look of the uniforms was going to be a problem — especially when talking about franchises with historically (mostly) unchanged unis like the Lakers or the Celtics.

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When most people first get a new NBA 2K game, they probably go right into playing a couple “Play Now” games, or maybe look at the rosters. They might play online or immediately fire up MyCareer mode.

I’m not most people. I played two “Play Now” games purely to check out the rosters on each team, then started a MyGM franchise so I could really dig into the Xs and Os of the game.

I had a lot of fun and felt a lot of pain going through the hundreds of plays within the 2K Play Catalog. There were some solid plays, some that were a weak side action away from being great, and a lot of awful plays.

After scouring through the Play Catalog I found 40 plays I liked. From there, I cut those 40 down to 20 plays I really liked and think you should use. Below are the play names, organized by the category you’ll find them under, and a brief attack plan for using the plays. Continue Reading…

When the Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the benefits were twofold. Not only did they clear some of the cap space necessary to realize their two-max dreams in 2018 Free Agency, but they also acquired a dependable scorer who could anchor the half court offense and allow younger players to grow at a more appropriate pace.

Lopez’s reported back issues may be throwing a wrench into those plans, causing him to miss part or all of the preseason, and the Lakers can ill-afford to lose him beyond that.  Continue Reading…