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Kobe Bryant is out with a torn Achilles. Dwight Howard left for Houston. Metta World Peace could be amnestied at any minute. It’s safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers are going through some turmoil right now.
For the first time in a long time, the Lakers have fallen out of the NBA’s spotlight. They are an old team with a coach that hasn’t really won anything and an egotistical owner.
So the question is, what’s next for the Lakers?
As far as their roster goes, the Lakers money is tied up right now. Los Angeles had to pay $29 million dollars in luxury tax, which was by far the most of any team.
On the bright side, the Lakers only have one player under contract this upcoming season (Steve Nash), and will have a ton of money to use in the 2014 free agency class that is loaded with superstars (LeBron, Carmelo, Paul George, and more).
If the Lakers amnesty MWP, it would actually save them close to $20 million dollars, $7.7 million from his salary and close to $13 million in luxury tax....
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Now that Kobe and Dwight Howard are no longer teammates, the Mamba took some time to explain why he unfollowed Howard.
The Los Angeles Lakers are eyeing a rebuild. However, when you have the pressures that come with being the NBA’s premier franchise, a rebuild doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing for them as it does to every other team.
Rather than breaking the team down to its bare bones and retooling through the draft over several seasons, the Lakers are clearly planning with the 2014 offseason...
Kobe Bryant has not been with the Twitter Universe for long, but in the time that he has been tweeting he has grown quite the following (over 3 million). It's understandable too. When you are the best at what you do people are going to what a piece of you even if it is just clinging to your every word on social media.
That much was proven...
Houston Rockets: Dwight Howard Contract Grade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Contract 4 years, 88 million
- Well the Dwight Drama is finally over, as Dwight Howard, after almost three years, has chosen his long term destination, Houston. I am not going to talk about his immature actions, or him hurting the Magic and Laker franchises and all of the annoyances he...
Thanks to the fine folks over at TMZ, we might have gotten to see the moment that Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace signed with the Houston Rockets.
Check it out in the below video:
Metta World Peace — Wait, Dwight Howard’s Going to Houston???
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Metta learns of D-12 signing with Rockets [TMZ]
Surprisingly, the jovial Ice Cube, star of such hit films and TV shows as Are We There Yet? and ‘Are We There Yet?’, had some mean things to say about new Houston Rocket Dwight Howard. They are of the *********** and “Dwight Coward” variety. Viewer discretion advised, but not really, because f**k Dwight Howard. (video h/t to Bob’s Blitz, photo below via Getty Image)-...
ON A WING AND A PRAYER
Royce White, who has a fear of flying and is awaiting his trade from the Rockets to the 76ers, said, "Hell no" to the idea of taking 100 flights during a season.
In the aftermath of Dwight Howard’s decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, word began to spread that Rockets center Omer Asik had no interest in playing with or behind Howard and he wanted to be traded.Since then, Brian Windhorst of ESPN has verified that Asik has formally asked the Rockets to trade him. And it was at that moment that Asik found out just how much pull and influence...
Well... that didn't quite work out the way we all expected. Dwight Howard turns out to be a 1 year rental, and the Lakers serve as a placeholder for him whilst he recuperates from back surgery. Now, I realise that's to paint the scenario in pretty much what amounts to the worst possible light, but what there is incorrect?
So... Dwight Howard...
The Houston Rockets have acquired Dwight Howard via free agency, and everyone seems to be excited and overly confident.
After finally get Dwight Howard to agree to a four-year $88 million deal, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told ESPN L.A. that “D12 makes them a threat, and that the Rockets can now compete with anybody.”
“We’ll see. Let’s get everybody together,” McHale...
Looks like the Lakers have their backup plan, now that Dwight Howard is Houston bound.
Free agent center Chris Kaman and the Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report by ESPN.com on Monday.
Kaman was the sixth pick in the 2003 draft and played his first eight NBA seasons with the Clippers. Since then, he's spent a year in New Orleans, where he was dealt as...
With all the salary cap space the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to have in 2014 after losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets, there has been some speculation that they could make a run at a big name free agent like Carmelo Anthony. Anthony and Bryant have a close relationship, and there have been [...]