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How Will Los Angeles Lakers Solve Glaring Small Forward Problem?

Relatively speaking, the Los Angeles Lakers have fared pretty well in their roster-rebuilding efforts.<p>With both eyes on the future and a mostly unwavering commitment to maintaining financial flexibility, the Lakers have limited their number of available avenues to external assistance. Backed into …

Lakers Rumors: L.A. Smart to Offer Melo Max Deal

If you're going to go after the big fish, you better bring the best bait to the lake. That's exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers seem prepared to do with Carmelo Anthony.<p>The Lakers are entrenched in a battle with the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks for Anthony's …

What Missing out on Carmelo Anthony Would Mean for Los Angeles Lakers

Plan B.<p>After losing Dwight Howard in 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers may be faced with such a scenario for the second summer in a row. The primary target this time is New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, widely assumed to be the best available free agent in the event LeBron James remains with the …

Sources: Clips want Jordan Farmar

The Los Angeles Clippers might have lost backup point guard Darren Collison to an agreed-upon three-year, $16 million deal with the Sacramento Kings …

Kobe runs late for Melo meeting

Even the best-laid plans can go awry sometimes.<p>Star Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was not present at the team's meeting with free agent …

Lakers meet with Carmelo Anthony

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Free agent Carmelo Anthony met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday and heard their pitch as to why he is the right man to …

Why Los Angeles Lakers Have a Real Chance to Sign Carmelo Anthony

With a legacy of winning, a superstar running mate who's already secured a Hall of Fame spot and a market that celebrates stars like few others, the Los Angeles Lakers have plenty to offer free-agent scoring machine Carmelo Anthony.<p>Oh, and they have a Brink's truck set aside just waiting on his …

OKC Thunder's NBA Title Dreams Suddenly Within Realm of Believability

OKLAHOMA CITY — After this powerful series-squaring stand Tuesday night, right when the San Antonio Spurs’ proven champions fully believed they would just do what they do, it’s fair to imagine:<p>What would that iconic moment be like for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they win their first …

Byron Scott: If I Coach LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant Will 'Have to Change His Game'

If Byron Scott is as interested in becoming the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers as he says he is, he's got a funny way of showing it.<p>ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that Scott interviewed with the Lakers on May 20, and Scott later confirmed that report on SiriusXM's Coach's Corner …

Why Kevin Love Controls His Own Destiny in Trade Sweepstakes

The writing has been on the wall since 2012. The Minnesota Timberwolves had to become a contender in short order, and they failed. They failed even to build a playoff team, to give Kevin Love some modicum of hope that things would be different if he just waited a little longer.<p>We all saw this …

Can Brooklyn Nets out-Clutch Miami Heat in Round 2?

Everything the Brooklyn Nets have done over the past year has been with this opportunity in mind.<p>The daring, foolhardy spending, liquidation of draft picks and arrant emphasis on today at the expense of tomorrow has always been about one thing: upending the Miami Heat.<p>Each year, since 2010-11, …

Can Steve Kerr Keep Carmelo Anthony with New York Knicks?

The New York Knicks appear to have settled on Steve Kerr as their desired coaching candidate, but that won't bring any certainty to the unsettled future of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.<p>Getting Kerr to the Big Apple is more than a formality, but team president Phil Jackson doesn't seem to see it …

Steve Nash Gets Real as He Reaches End of the Road

LOS ANGELES — We've seen it big-time with an aging Kobe Bryant, and if you go back far enough in recent Los Angeles Lakers history, Karl Malone set up shop in that corner locker in his final season of 2003-04 and just poured out frank and heartfelt sentiment.<p>There's something about the end of one's …

Realistic 2014 Free-Agency Targets for the LA Lakers

Now that the Los Angeles Lakers and Mike D'Antoni have parted ways, the process for targeting free agents this summer gets a bit tricky.<p>The Lakers will probably wait until after the May 20 draft lottery to name a new coach, and that will, in effect, impact some of the free-agency pursuits they …