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January 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Robert Sacre scored 22 points on Saturday night for the D-Fenders, playing in his first game since the Lakers reassigned him to the D-League. Despite the strong game from the rookie center, the D-Fenders dropped their third-straight (104-92), losing to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sacre hit on 10 of 17 from the field and collected five rebounds. Fellow Laker Darius Johnson-Odom had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. This was Sacre's fourth game of the year for the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a night.
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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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November 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have assigned rookie center Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders. Sacre hasn't gotten much of an opportunity to play for the Lakers during the regular season, sitting behind Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill in the rotation. The 7-foot Gonzaga Bulldog was taken with the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. After a busy preseason, starting while Howard was out recovering from back surgery, Sacre has made just eight appearances this year for a total of 19 minutes. He'll join Darius Johnson-Odom with the Lakers' D-League affiliate.
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
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January 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have waived rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom. Johnson-Odom played in just four games for the Lakers this season but has spent most of his time with the team's D-League affiliate where he's the D-Fenders' leading scorer at 20.6 points per game. Monday is the final day for teams to cut players on non-guaranteed contracts; otherwise contracts lock in for the remainder of the season. That's good news for fellow rookie Robert Sacre is that his contract will now be guaranteed for the year.  With Dwight Howard (torn labrum)
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October 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Maybe Robert Sacre isn't so irrelevant after all. The rookie center out of Gonzaga might make the Lakers' roster after showing some muscle and ability in the exhibition season. Sacre was the 60th and last player taken in the NBA draft in June, a position known in the much longer NFL draft as "Mr. Irrelevant. " If Sacre is still on the roster for the Oct. 30 season opener against Dallas, it's not a sure thing he'll be on it the rest of the season. He has a non-guaranteed contract that pays him $474,000 and becomes guaranteed the rest of the season only if he is on the roster in early January.
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June 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Each time NBA Commissioner David Stern and his deputy, Adam Silver, ticked off the latest draft selection, it became more likely Gonzaga center Robert Sacre wouldn't reach the professional ranks. After finishing second in school history with 186 blocked shots, Sacre figured a team would draft him sometime in the second round, possibly even late in the first. But Sacre waited and waited until the Lakers selected him with the last pick (60th overall). Instead of bemoaning his fallen draft stock, Sacre simply thought "best for last" before waxing nostalgic about the Lakers' storied history.
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October 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It appears the circumstances surrounding Robert Sacre's first career start in the Lakers' preseason opener   had little to do with his skill set. The Lakers already penciled out Dwight Howard as he rehabs from back surgery. Lakers Coach Mike Brown wanted Pau Gasol to stay mostly at power forward and keep the the bench rotation intact. When it came to deciding between Sacre, the Lakers' second-round draft pick, or 7-foot-3 rookie Greg Somogyi, Brown said he may consider just flipping a coin.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Robert Sacre was delighted. It had nothing to do with signing a one-year contract with the Lakers. "Is that a Canucks hat?" he said half-amazed to a reporter wearing one Wednesday. Sacre, a native of Canada, is willing to talk about hockey or really anything else as one of the few always-ebullient players on last season's downtrodden Lakers team. He's happy to be back with the Lakers for about $1 million. "I feel situated here, I feel comfortable here and I enjoy it," Sacre said Wednesday.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-55) play arguably their most important game of the season on Monday night, visiting the also-lottery-bound Utah Jazz (24-56). Measured by futility, both teams are well-positioned for the 2014 NBA draft lottery. The Jazz are currently the fourth-worst team in the league, but another win would push them into a three-way tie in the win column with the Boston Celtics and Lakers. While each team would have an equal 9% chance at the top pick in the NBA draft, the league would flip coins to determine the order of each franchise -- should they not win the lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 102, Utah Jazz 87 (end of regulation) The Lakers had everything to gain with a loss in Utah on Monday night, but Nick Young wasn't thinking about the team's lottery standing when he scored 41 points to lead the Lakers to a 119-104 win. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers started the fourth quarter on a 16-1 run. The Jazz never recovered, falling to 24-57 on the season with one game left to play. Utah can clinch at least the fourth position in May's 2014 NBA draft lottery with a loss Wednesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win. They hammered the similarly woeful Utah Jazz on Monday, 119-104, but damaged their lottery percentages for the draft. If the Lakers had lost, Utah would have caught them (and Boston) in the overall standings, forging a three-way tie for the NBA's fourth-worst record. BOX SCORE: Lakers 119, Jazz 104 Now the Lakers (26-55) will probably finish with the sixth-worst record and a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have two games left before they wrap a miserable regular season. Despite the team's down year, point guard Jordan Farmar said if it was up to him, he'd be back next season with the franchise. "Of course, I'd be a Laker," he said after the Lakers' 102-90 loss on Sunday night to the Memphis Grizzlies.  "And if I was [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak], I would sign me. " Farmar left a significant amount of money behind over the summer, when he bought out his contract to leave Turkish team Anadolu Efes, to return to the NBA. "I came back with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm at being back," said Farmar, who missed 41 games with hamstring and groin injuries.
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April 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-54) will finish their regular-season home schedule as they host the Memphis Grizzlies (47-32) on Sunday night at Staples Center. Fifteen of 16 teams have locked in playoff positions. The Grizzlies are in eighth place in the Western Conference, hoping to hold on to the final postseason berth. The Phoenix Suns (47-33) are just half a game behind the Grizzlies. Memphis owns the head-to-head tiebreaker, but the Grizzlies visit the Suns on Monday night. Should the Lakers and Suns both beat the Grizzlies, Phoenix would overtake Memphis in the standings.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, Kansas center Joel Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft. "Looking at different scenarios and gathering info of what was best for me ... either way was best for me," Embiid said at a news conference, as reported by Topeka Capital-Journal . "Talking to my mentor, it was the best choice. " Embiid was joined by his coach, Bill Self, who was there to support his 7-foot, 20-year-old outgoing freshman. Through 28 appearances with the Jayhawks, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Pau Gasol will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings because of a severe recurrence of vertigo. He returned to action Tuesday after missing four games because of dizziness and nausea but was relegated to his hotel room Wednesday after feeling similar symptoms. Gasol had nine points and four rebounds in the Lakers' 124-112 loss to Portland. He said afterward he experienced lingering effects of his illness while making turns on the court and said he might have come back too soon.
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April 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On March 27, the Lakers' Jordan Hill scored 28 points with 16 rebounds against the Bucks in Milwaukee. Five days later, he couldn't get off the bench, outside of Coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation. "Yeah, man. I don't know. I'm all out of words. I don't know what's going on," Hill said after the Lakers' 124-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. "It's getting old now. Can't be frustrated.  Can't be mad. I just need to stay humble. " Hill, who will be a free agent this summer, said he is open to returning to the Lakers but not for more of the same.
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