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September 14, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
NBC, which has long made Thursday the bunker for its comedy, moves into Wednesday this week with a pair of solidly constructed new sitcoms, "Free Agents" and "Up All Night," about grown-ups in moments of midlife transition. Compared with the metafictions and mockumentaries and postmodern ironies that have come to characterize the Thursday night comedies, they are more reality-based, more particularly concerned with relationships and maturity and, in a less than sentimental way, matters of the heart.
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April 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has raised its salary-cap projection for the 2014-15 season from $62.9 million to $63.2 million. The current salary cap for the 2013-14 season is $58.7 million. The new cap number, which won't officially be set until the NBA completes its annual audit in early July, would represent a climb of $4.5 million. The Lakers could have a maximum of $28.2 million in cap space to spend this off-season, provided they renounce the rights to all their free agents, which allows the club to stretch out the final $9.7 million of Steve Nash's contract over three years (at just over $3.2 million a season)
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October 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seven Dodgers off their 2012 roster became free agents Monday. All seven - Bobby Abreu, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Adam Kennedy, Brandon League, Shane Victorino and Jamey Wright - could be gone, though the Dodgers are making efforts to bring back all three relievers. General Manager Ned Colletti told The Times' Dylan Hernandez last week he was optimistic the Dodgers would be able to re-sign League , who had a 2.30 ERA, six saves and a 2-1 record in 28 games with the Dodgers.
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April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
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June 30, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Take away center Brad Richards — and several teams would like to — and the NHL's free-agent class is pretty thin. Though there are some useful players available, Richards is the only elite player on the market among unrestricted free agents. Here's a list of the top 10 players available. This doesn't include restricted free agents, whose teams have a right to match any offer sheet they sign with another team. Forwards Brad Richards: The playmaking center led Dallas in scoring with 28 goals and 77 points in 72 games, missing 10 because of a concussion.
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July 19, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Maybe it's a good thing the Dwight Howard saga is dragging on like the New American Library version of "War and Peace," which is a brisk read at 587,287 pages, because there's little intrigue left when it comes to the NBA's remaining unrestricted free agents. We're talking Matt Barnes, Carl Landry and Raja Bell here. And those are some of the better names left on the list. Perhaps there's a reason why these players are still available. Some free agents are way past their prime (see Tracy McGrady, who hasn't averaged double figures in scoring since the 2008-09 season)
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Aside from the odd sight of conservative George Will siding with labor ("Free Agency Made Baseball a Hit," Op-Ed Page, Sept. 27), his argument that free agency has somehow brought about parity and attendance records just doesn't fit with the facts. Consider the top teams this year: Toronto, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis, New York, Montreal, San Francisco. Every one of these teams built themselves up the old-fashioned way--trades and/or their own farm system. Not one of these teams has a high-priced free agent, and you'll find no direct correlation between a team's standing and its payroll.
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February 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
With Clippers Coach Doc Rivers not at practice Friday because of what the team called “personal reasons,” no one else was willing to talk around Danny Granger signing with the team. That's because Granger won't officially be a member of the Clippers until he clears waivers at 2 p.m. West Coast time Friday and signs with them. Granger and Rivers met Thursday night in Los Angeles, and it was then that the small forward decided he wanted to play for the Clippers. Granger was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, making him a free agent who can sign with any team.
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July 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents available this offseason in the NHL, have answered a call to the Wild. Minnesota landed the former New Jersey Devils captain and center as well as one of the NHL's top defenseman. The Wild, which finished 12th in the Western Conference last season with 81 points, announced on Twitter: “WE GOT 'EM!” “This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Minnesota Gneral Manager Chuck Fletcher said. Parise, who helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final against the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings, and Suter, an anchor for the Nashville Predators defense, each agreed to 13-year contracts believed to be worth up to $100 million.
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May 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Here's a look at what the Lakers should do with their agents as well as players who hold either team or player options. Andrew Bynum, center Status: Lakers hold $16.1-million team option Verdict: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that the Lakers will exercise the team option before the June 30 deadline. But Bynum expressed indifference to reporters after the Lakers' Game 5 loss Monday to Oklahoma City on where he plays.
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers are planning to build a more modern training facility that they hope will also attract future free agents, The Times has learned. They will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to LAX, but will no longer share a building with the Kings and a skating rink often open for public use. The Lakers have been at the place currently known as Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by...
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March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have rejected the Angels' overtures this winter, signed a series of one-year deals through arbitration, become a free agent at age 26 and inked the largest contract in baseball history in 2017. Then the star center fielder saw the salaries in the final three years of the six-year, $144.5-million extension he ultimately signed, he considered his age (22) and the security the deal would provide, and the prospect of hitting the open market in 2017 didn't tug so much on his heart - or purse - strings.
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March 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Finally, the Clippers had two days off with no practice and no games and finally, Glen Davis had a chance to get his off-the-court life in order. Davis had been a solid frontcourt player for the Clippers since he was signed as a free agent Feb. 24, backing up center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin. But with Tuesday and Wednesday off before the Clippers went back to practice Thursday and Friday, Davis said he went to visit his wife and daughter rather than stay in L.A. to get settled.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers and New York Knicks fight for a franchise-turning free agent in coming summers, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss isn't worried. But wouldn't new Knicks President Phil Jackson and his 13 championship rings (11 as a coach, two as a player) have more drawing power than Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak? “That's not true. I don't agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on ESPN 710. “I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform.
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July 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The Zach Parise derby may have turned into a two-day decathlon, but the Kings were realistic about their chances with the New Jersey Devils free-agent star forward, calling the odds of signing him "way too long. " An official with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to comment said Sunday that the team had learned from the pursuit of Brad Richards last summer - he landed with the New York Rangers - and was focusing elsewhere. That focus could end up on Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who has two big fans in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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March 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It really is a bizarro world among L.A.'s NBA teams when you consider that nearly four years ago, Clippers fans marched outside Staples Center proclaiming unrequited love for free agent LeBron James as the Lakers shrugged on their way to another title. Now it's the free-falling Lakers who are pining for James while the Clippers roll their eyes amid their latest free-agent acquisition. Former All-Star forward Danny Granger became a Clipper on Friday, only a few days after Glen " Big Baby " Davis opted to do the same despite ample opportunities to play elsewhere.
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February 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
With Clippers Coach Doc Rivers not at practice Friday because of what the team called “personal reasons,” no one else was willing to talk around Danny Granger signing with the team. That's because Granger won't officially be a member of the Clippers until he clears waivers at 2 p.m. West Coast time Friday and signs with them. Granger and Rivers met Thursday night in Los Angeles, and it was then that the small forward decided he wanted to play for the Clippers. Granger was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, making him a free agent who can sign with any team.
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