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July 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers may play host to the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Winderman cites a "nearly completed draft of the 2013-14 NBA schedule," which was sent to teams and league broadcast partners. The NBA traditionally makes its ABC debut on Christmas with a slate of high-profile games.  While an obvious game would be Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets visiting the Lakers, it appears the Heat will be their guest instead.
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July 20, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers and free-agent center Byron Mullens reached agreement on a two-year contract Saturday, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Mullens' deal is worth about $1 million per season. He can opt out of the contract after one season. Mullens is expected to sign his contract with the Clippers on Monday or Tuesday. The 7-foot Mullens averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season with Charlotte. He shot 38.5% from the field, 31.7% from three-point range.
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July 19, 2013 | Ben Bolch
Jim Buss' most interesting wager of the week was placed outside a casino. The Lakers vice president indicated Thursday that Kobe Bryant might be even further ahead of schedule in his return from a torn Achilles' tendon than the star himself indicated last week. "I would bet a lot of money on him coming back in the preseason," Buss told NBA TV during the broadcast of the Lakers' 72-68 summer league victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Thomas & Mack Center. "He's going to come back when he is right.
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July 18, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
LAS VEGAS -- Jim Buss' most interesting wager of the week was placed off the Las Vegas Strip. The Lakers vice president told NBA TV on Thursday that Kobe Bryant might be even futher ahead of schedule in his return from a torn Achilles' tendon than the superstar himself indicated last week. "I would bet a lot of money on him coming back in preseason," Buss said during the broadcast of the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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July 18, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
LAS VEGAS--It hasn't been a bummer of a summer league as usual for the Lakers. In their five most recent trips to Las Vegas, the Lakers had posted a winning record only once. Now they're 3-1 after a 72-68 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center in the opener of a single-elimination tournament. Forward Marcus Landry scored 18 points and center Robert Sacre added 16 for the Lakers, who used a 7-0 run late in the game after trailing 66-64. The Lakers will play the winner of a late game between Golden State and Dallas on Saturday in a quarterfinal.
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July 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Last Friday, free-agent center Dwight Howard chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers, and the reaction across the Internet has been mixed. "While the Lakers must plot for next summer, when every contract except [Steve] Nash's comes off the books, Houston can search for one more headliner to place alongside Howard and [James] Harden," wrote Lee Jenkins of SI.com .  "The NBA's big domino has fallen, a moment Howard has anticipated for nearly two years. Mercifully, all the pondering and speculating and jockeying are behind him. " Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the Rockets "finally hooked the biggest fish in the NBA's free-agent pond.
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July 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have made their pitch. Free-agent center Dwight Howard sat with the Lakers for 90 minutes in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, hearing his final pitch after meeting with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. Now it's up to him to decide where he'll play. "Jim Buss, Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable Sports Net and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a prepared statement.
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July 2, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Seven Lakers employees and officials from two key affiliates rolled into the Beverly Hills office of Dwight Howard's agents Tuesday at 2 p.m. and presented the pitch they hoped would land the prized free agent. Focusing on ways for Howard to increase his brand in the second-largest U.S. city, the Lakers also let him know they would build around him on the court during the duration of the five-year, $118-million contract he could sign with them. The Lakers didn't try to sell Howard on their 16-championship past but targeted the future, including enough salary-cap space next summer to sign another high-profile free agent with what Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently called “an enormous amount of financial flexibility.” Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Coach Mike D'Antoni, team vice president Jim Buss and Lakers marketing/business executive Tim Harris were on hand for the Lakers.
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June 30, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Without the reassuring voice of Jerry Buss, the late Lakers owner whose eleventh-hour phone call prevented Kobe Bryant from going to the Clippers in 2004, the Lakers are turning to two veterans to help keep Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. Bryant and Steve Nash will be part of the Lakers' delegation that meets Tuesday with Howard to try to persuade him to sign a five-year, $118-million contract. They'll be joined by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Team executives Jeanie Buss and Jim Buss are also expected to attend the meeting at an undisclosed Los Angeles location.
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June 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson is still a part of the Lakers, through history and engagement, but the franchise is carrying on despite his Hall-of-Fame shadow. Jackson sat with his fiancée, Lakers executive and part-owner Jeanie Buss, on Wednesday night at an event hosted by Time Warner Cable Media honoring the late Jerry Buss. As Jeanie graciously answered questions about the team's first year with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Jackson sat quietly. "[Time Warner] exceeded even beyond our wildest expectations; the amount of time and coverage that the team received was really what our fan base had been asking for," said Buss.
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