NBA: Greg Monroe Turned Down Max Contracts From Knicks & Lakers to Play With the Bucks!


NBA free agency kicked off yesterday and it’s already been pretty crazy.  Greg Monroe was a coveted free agent by the Knicks but after meeting with them and the Lakers, he ultimately decided to roll with the Milwaukee Bucks!  Yup times are changing.

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NBA Report: Kobe Bryant Called DeAndre Jordan to Recruit Him to the Lakers

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DeAndre Jordan already said he fully plans to explore free agency and of course that means he wants to be courted; who doesn’t want to feel wanted?  There are several teams interested in the big man and he is expected to meet with the Lakers, Mavericks, and Knicks in addition to considering a max offer to remain with the Clippers.  There’s reportedly a rift between Jordan and Clippers superstar guard Chris Paul.  Well another superstar guard in LA has no such issues with Jordan and reportedly reached out to him in full recruit mode.

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NBA Report: Marc Gasol Has ‘No Interest’ in Lakers Because of How They Treated His Brother Pau

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Marc Gasol will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and though most teams believe he will re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies, they’ll still take a crack at him.  One team that reportedly has absolutely no chance, is the Los Angeles Lakers and it’s because of the deteriorating relationship between the team and Marc’s brother Pau Gasol.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Descibes the Time He Made a Teammate Cry


We all know Kobe Bryant is one of the most dedicated and serious players in the game.  He takes no nonense from anyone including his teammates.  In fact, his teammates have to be tougher than everyone else because he doesn’t ease up on them at all, in fact, he goes harder on them.  So you have to have a tough skin to play with the Black Mamba.  In an interview, Bryant recalled saying something so bad, it made his teammate cry.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Responds to Lakers’ Draft Pick Calling Him a “Rapist” in Old Tweet


Soon after Larry Nance Jr. was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the 2015 draft, an old tweet of his was dug up referring negatively to Kobe Bryant’s old rape case, basically calling Kobe a “rapist”.  Kobe is already often hard on rookies so it was assumed Nance and the Black Mamba would have some serious issues with the tweet revealed.  Well it turns out Kobe is taking it much better than expected.

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NBA Report: “Mutual Interest” Between Dwyane Wade & the Los Angeles Lakers

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Dwyane Wade has played with the Miami Heat for his entire 12-year career but he could finally depart as there’s a contract standoff between the two.  Wade is set to become a free agent and reportedly wants a ton of money, more than the Heat are willing to dish out.  There’s been talk about him possibly joining his friend and old teammate LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers but now there’s another team thrown into the mix.

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NBA: GM Mitch Kupchak Says Lakers “Don’t Have Time” to Build Through the Draft


The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and have a chance to get a game changer like Karl Anthony-Towns or Jahlil Okafor but other than that, the team reportedly has no plans to continue re-building through the draft.

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NBA Report: Lakers Will Pursue Head Coach Tom Thibodeau

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Last year before Byron Scott was hired, a report was released that Kobe Bryant “will wish for Tom Thibodeau to free himself from Chicago” and become the head coach for the Lakers.  Well Bryant may get his wish.  The Bulls have been eliminated from the NBA playoffs and there’s talk that they will part ways with Thibodeau.

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NBA: Phil Jackson Says Timberwolves Had Agreement to Trade Kevin Garnett to Lakers in 2007

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The Minnesota Timberwolves trade Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics in 2007.  It changed everything, making Big 3’s popular and changed the balance of power in the Eastern Conference.  The Celtics won the 2008 title immediately after acquiring Garnett and Ray Allen, and made the Finals again two years later. The Big Three of Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce was the NBA’s defining superteam until LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teamed up in Miami in 2010.  But Garnett was almost a Laker.

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NBA Report: Lakers Preparing to Offer Jimmy Butler a Max Contract

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Jimmy Butler has been working extremely hard this season; he made the All-Star game, won Most Improved Player and now that he’s due for a new contract, he’ll get the max allowed.  Butler will be a restricted free agent and the Chicago Bulls are expected to do everything in their power to keep him but he’ll certainly have other teams at his door.  So will he directly sign with the Bulls or will he sign an offer sheet somewhere else and force the Bulls to match.  Getting an offer definitely won’t be a problem.

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