The Los Angeles Lakers head into the NBA All-Star Break with a 27-32 record needing to make up ground on the rest of the Western Conference in the second half. Los Angeles certainly has the talent to do it with a new-look roster that looks much more cohesive than it did before.
While the team is not going to be playing for a week, there is always a lot of news that can come out of the all-star break. All of the league’s best talents and media will be in one place, giving NBA fans plenty to talk about.
The Lakers news is already starting before LeBron James hops on the plane to head to Salt Lake City. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it speculative.
Lakers news roundup:
- Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd suggested that LeBron James and his camp is growing frustrated with how many minutes he has to play and the fact that the team cannot depend on Anthony Davis. According to a source that Cowherd has “known for a long time”, the Dallas Mavericks are a team to keep an eye out for regarding a Davis trade. Davis has been acting odd and this could explain it.
- According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is mutual interest in a contract extension after this season for D’Angelo Russell. Russell is set to be a free agent this summer and the Lakers have his Bird Rights.
- LeBron James had nothing but great things to say about his new teammates. LeBron had truly great things to say about Beasley and his shot, comparing him to another former teammate of his.
NBA news roundup:
- Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers are working towards a contract buyout. While not the most enticing, Love has to be considered as a potential candidate for the Lakers to bring in.
- Former Laker Julius Randle is expected to replace Anfernee Simons in the NBA 3-Point Contest. Simons suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out of the event.
- The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly began talks with Russell Westbrook to sign him after he was traded by the Lakers. Westbrook has not yet been officially bought out by the Utah Jazz.