May 31, 2012 |
This is the first in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Deron Williams, point guard Most recent team: New Jersey Nets (moving to Brooklyn next season) Type of free agent: Player option, Unrestricted Positives: Well, we are talking about the most talented candidate in the free-agent pool. Even if the Lakers upgraded at point guard this season by acquiring Ramon Sessions, his shaky postseason play and Williams' superior talent still makes him a worthy candidate for the Lakers back court.
April 30, 2012 |
Infielder Jorge Cantu opted for free agency Monday, leaving the Angels' Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees as part of a contractual opportunity of his deal with the major-league club. Cantu was batting .291 (25 for 86) with four home runs and 22 runs batted in in 21 games playing first base for Salt Lake. He hit .277 with two homers and 10 RBI in spring training. The 30-year-old, eight-year major-league veteran formerly with the Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres failed to crack the Angels' roster out of spring training.
May 23, 2012
The crux of Darius Morris' exit interview with Mike Brown and Mitch Kupchak centered around the NBA Summer League. That's because the Lakers want to see a few things. They want to see how much growth he experiences this off-season. They want to see if Morris in an elevated role will give them a better idea as to whether they should consider him in the team's future. Meanwhile, Morris enters this off-season wanting to use the summer league, which goes from July 13-22 in Las Vegas, to impress two parties.
May 7, 2012 |
An interesting reality surrounds Devin Ebanks as he steps on the court. His promotion to the Lakers' starting small forward during Metta World Peace's seven-game suspension serves as an audition for two different parties. One party involves Lakers Coach Mike Brown, who has given him scarce playing time after starting him for the season's first four games. The other part of the equation involves other teams, since Ebanks will become a restricted free agent on July 1. Still, Ebanks maintained after Monday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo that "I'm just focused on the playoffs" and declined to entertain his thought process heading into free agency.
May 22, 2012 |
*Audio of Troy Murphy's exit interview Lakers forward Troy Murphy said although he "enjoyed playing here," he wasn't sure he would re-sign with the team. "Unfortunately, it ended sooner than we had expected," Murphy said Tuesday after his exit interview at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "I'm going to take some time off and collect my thoughts and see what the future has in store. " What Murphy thinks very well might not matter. The Lakers signed him last year to the veterans' minimum for $1.4 million, and The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported he isn't expected to return.
July 30, 2012 |
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but there's still plenty of things to monitor. First of all, Laker fans can still get their hoops fix by watching the 2012 London Olympics. Among the notable subplots: Kobe Bryant has played an elder statesman role with Team USA where he's providing leadership, deferring teammates and playing defense. Pau Gasol remains Spain's No. 1 option, became the country's flag bearer and hopes he can rectify his native country's gold-medal match loss to Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.