The Detroit Pistons reached a contract buyout with Markieff Morris on Friday afternoon, paving the way for the 30-year old forward to sign with a title-contender of his choosing. And he might soon be joining his twin brother in Los Angeles, although not as a member of the Clippers.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Lakers have instantly emerged as the favorites to sign Markieff, after they failed to pull of a trade for his twin brother, Marcus.
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The Lakers were in talks with the New York Knicks to acquire Marcus Morris ahead of the NBA trade deadline but they were ultimately beat out by the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded a 2020 first round pick and Moe Harkless to NY in exchange for the veteran forward. Now, it looks like they'll have to settle for Markieff's services, although Shams Charania notes that the Toronto Raptors have also expressed interest.
In 44 games with the Pistons, Markieff averaged 11 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing in under 23 minutes per game.
In addition to possibly adding Markieff Morris, the Lakers are reportedly considering signing free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith. LeBron James recently praised the 34-year old shooting guard for his ability to take, and make, tough shots but that doesn't necessarily mean that Smith will be rocking the purple and gold this season.
The Lakers (41-12, best in the West) will host Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at Staples Center in their first game since the All Star break.
Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins Envisions Return For Playoffs
Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has been sidelined since August but he’s hoping to return for the NBA title run.
DeMarcus Cousins has not yet stepped on the court as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, but he is progressing toward a return to action and what better time than during the NBA playoffs? In his appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Cousins envisioned the possibility of joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the Lakers make a run at the NBA title.
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In discussing his potential debut with the Lakers during the playoffs, Boogie describes:
“We got a big team. It’s going to be some bump, for sure. We got so many guys with different abilities. I mean, I can spot up. Bron [LeBron James] is going to draw everybody whenever he decides to move. I’m pretty confident I can knock down the shot. We got shooters all over the floor. I mean, I can playmake. Like, it’s pick your poison.”
Cousins, 29, averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 regular season games for the Golden State Warriors a season ago and signed with the Lakers as a free agent over the summer. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL during an August pickup game and has been sidelined ever since.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel insists the two-time All Star is “a long way away” from making his Lakers debut, but the team is still leaving the door open for his return as the post-season approaches. Check out some clips from Cousins’ appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast below.
LeBron James & AD Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With Old IG Posts
LeBron James and Anthony Davis dug into the archives for this one.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been arguably the best dynamic duo in the entire NBA this season. The Lakers are first place in the Western Conference as a result of their chemistry and there is a real chance the Lakers could win the championship. With this in mind, it shouldn't be surprising to people that the two have developed a close friendship. This friendship began years ago and eventually blossomed into what we have now on the Lakers.
To celebrate their friendship, Davis and James participated in a Lakers Twitter video which has both men explaining some of their old Instagram posts. LeBron specifically talked about some of his goofier moments while AD got serious and spoke about fond memories. For instance, Davis recounted an old photo with LeBron where they were both wearing horse-riding garb. From there, he spoke about a photo he took with Kobe Bryant while playing for the Olympic team.
Both players had fun with the segment and they let their senses of humor shine through. Fans seemed to enjoy the trip down memory lane and we're sure AD and LeBron did as well. If the Lakers go on a deep run in the playoffs and win it all, they will have even more great memories to share, in the future.
LeBron James Responds To DeMarcus Cousins’ President Comments
LeBron James as POTUS would be an interesting sight.
LeBron James is seen as one of the most vocal leaders in the NBA community. The three-time champion is constantly speaking on behalf of the players and making sure they get what they deserve. He is also outspoken about causes that matter to him, including education and mental health. Needless to say, LeBron is someone who does a lot of good for his community and his efforts are recognized by not just fans but his peers as well. For instance, LeBron's teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, went on the All The Smoke podcast and said that James should run for president someday.
After Lakers practice, LeBron was asked about Cousins' comments and whether or not he would ever seriously consider running for POTUS. LeBron immediately laughed off the question and said it was definitely not in the cards, at least anytime soon.
So, there you have it. President LeBron won't be happening in our lifetime. This shouldn't be a surprising admission although considering we have a game show host in the White House, nothing is really off-limits these days. Either way, if you were hoping for a James presidency, we are extremely sorry to have disappointed you.
Perhaps when LeBron retires, he will get into the political realm some other way.
DeMarcus Cousins Explains Why LeBron James Should Be President
DeMarcus Cousins is a big fan of his Los Angeles Lakers teammate.
DeMarcus Cousins hasn't played a single game for the Los Angeles Lakers this season although he has been front and center for much of this success. As a result, Cousins has gotten to know LeBron James first hand and can confidently speak to the superstar's character. In a recent appearance on the All The Smoke podcast with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Cousins talked at length about LeBron and his thoughts on the NBA legend.
As he explains, Cousins never expected LeBron to be so down to earth especially since he only knew him as more of a corporate guy. However, playing with LeBron has allowed Cousins to understand just how real LeBron is and that he's a guy who gets things done. Cousins strongly believes LeBron is one of the most well-liked guys in the NBA and that he should even run for president someday.
Cousins thinks if there is anyone in the NBA who could be president, it would have to be LeBron. Barnes and Jackson immediately agreed with Cousins and noted that if he were to run, they would immediately vote for him. Oddly enough, LeBron is 35 now which means he would technically be allowed to run in 2020 but clearly, that's not in the cards.
These latest comments bode well for LeBron who has been criticized at times for being difficult to play with. Based on Cousins' account, there is no teammate better than James.
JaVale McGee Reportedly Helped Produce On Justin Bieber’s New Album
JaVale McGee does a lot more than just play basketball.
JaVale McGee has been one of the more enigmatic centers in the NBA over the past few years. At times, McGee has struggled on the court while other times, he looks downright dominant. As of right now, McGee is on the Los Angeles Lakers and he has been making his presence felt all season long. Whether you like McGee or not, there is no denying he can be entertaining at times and is giving the Lakers a real chance to contend.
As it turns out, McGee is multitalented. It was revealed recently that McGee also goes by the name "Pierre" and can produce and write music. In fact, his latest endeavor was writing and producing on the track "Available" which is off of Justin Bieber's brand new album Changes.
When it comes to music production, this is certainly the biggest look McGee has gotten thus far. Say what you will about the song or Bieber's music, but there is no denying that it's cool to see an NBA star excelling in something outside of his main craft. With this most recent production credit, perhaps we will see McGee give us even more tracks in the future.
What are your thoughts on the song? Let us know in the comments below.
Kendrick Perkins Slams Critics Who Target LeBron James And Not Others
Kendrick Perkins is sick of the double standards.
Kendrick Perkins is one of the most outspoken analysts in the NBA right now and with that, comes some trouble. Perkins has gotten into numerous spats with former teammates thanks to his opinions, however, it hasn't stopped him from giving his true thoughts on specific situations. The former Boston Celtics big man has been particularly complimentary of LeBron James and has defended him at every turn. Last night, Perkins hopped on Twitter where he provided even more defenses of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.
Perkins specifically went after all of the critics who have smoke for LeBron but won't say anything bad about Kawhi Leonard. These comments were spurred by the fact the Clippers recently acquired a whole slew of depth players. As Perkins explains, if LeBron had gotten all that help, critics would have been all over him. However, since it's Kawhi, he gets a pass.
"Clippers are stacking the deck for Kawhi and the internet gets super quiet but let it had been the Lakers doing it for old LeBron James and MFs woulda been saying for days how he would never be better than MJ! Carry on..." Perkins wrote.
Perkins' comments sparked a healthy debate on Twitter although many like Perkins was simply defending LeBron because they won a title together back in 2016. Regardless of what you believe, there is no denying that double standards exist throughout sports media.
Lakers Fans Are Giddy Over Giannis’ Mention Of Playing In LA
Giannis Antetokounmpo floats the idea of teaming with his brothers in Los Angeles, fuelling Lakers rumors.
Los Angeles Lakers fans are giddy with excitement over recent comments made by Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, even though the reigning MVP insists he wants to win in Milwaukee. The remarks that fuelled rumors of Giannis' desire to play in L.A. came during a recent interview with Mackenzie Salmon of USA Today Sports, after she floated the idea of the Antetokounmpo brothers one day playing for the same franchise.
As seen in the video embedded above, Giannis issued the following response to that question:
“I think that would be amazing. Obviously, we’d spend more time together, and I’m 100 percent sure my mom would love that,” he said jokingly, before adding: “But if we could, like, team up on a team, Milwaukee, LA, whatever, that would be awesome.”
Of course, that "LA" mention had Lakers fans envisioning their future superteam. It's worth noting that Giannis' brother, Kostas, is currently a member of the Lakers which is why he named Los Angeles as a possible destination for the Antetokounbros. Or maybe he just had a freudian slip.
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The 25-year old MVP still has two years left on his four-year, $100 million contract, but Milwaukee will be able to offer him a staggering five-year, $247 million supermax contract this summer. All signs point to the Bucks doing just that, but if Giannis does opt to explore free agency the Lakers will have plenty of cap space in the summer of 2021. Let the speculation commence.
Check out some of the reactions to his recent comments below.
Kawhi Leonard Reacts To Playing With LeBron James & Anthony Davis
Kawhi Leonard could have been a Laker.
Kawhi Leonard was a force to be reckoned with at this year’s NBA All-Star Game. He ended up winning the Kobe Bryant MVP trophy after propelling Team LeBron to victory. Leonard had 30 points in the game and was all over the court. Playing with the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Leonard was given some space to shine and he made the most of it. In an era where he Kawhi is preoccupied with load management, he shocked fans and came through with a blistering performance.
Following the match, Leonard was asked about LeBron and AD. Of course, Leonard could have joined the Lakers in the offseason but instead, he decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Had the three teamed up, they would have been unstoppable. Either way, it’s clear Leonard enjoyed his All-Star experience with the Lakers stars.
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“It was fun,” Leonard said according to Lakers Nation. “I played with Bron and A.D. last year, and I think the year before that or so. But it’s always fun just to get around guys that are very competitive, see what they do on an everyday basis. Just talking, just being their teammate. We go at each other all year round, and just, like I said, it’s great to be able to pick their brain and just be around them and joke and laugh.”
If you’re a Lakers fan, all you can do at this point is hold your head in your hands and think of what could have been.
Kobe Bryant Lamborghini Owner Puts Luxury Whip Up For Sale: $170K
Kobe Bryant’s death prompted a man to get his 2015 Lambo wrapped in a custom Lakers design. After going viral, he’s put it up for sale.
The tributes to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna continue to pour in worldwide. New murals are created almost daily, the father-daughter duo are constantly mentioned in interviews, and on the heels of NBA All-Star Weekend, the Bryant’s continue to make headlines. Jennifer Hudson gave a moving tribute to the late basketball icon and we’re sure that the entertainment and sports industries aren’t even close to finishing their tributes to Kobe.
One person said he was “so moved” after learning about the helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe, his daughter, and their seven friends that he decided to wrap his 2015 Lamborghini Huracan in a full Los Angeles Lakers Bryant tribute. We previously reported on the Lambo as it was spotted cruising around Chicago during All-Star Weekend, and now TMZ states they’ve spoken to the owner who is ready to part ways with his Kobe-pride ride.
Joe Carbonara told the publication that he took his silver Lamborghini to X-Treme Graphics in the Chicago area to get his car custom-designed. It reportedly took two days to complete the job and while the whip has gone viral, Carbonara has put it up for sale. Before it exchanges hands, however, Carbonera intends to flaunt it as much as possible “in music videos and at special events.” If you want to be the next owner, Carbonara is willing to part with the Kobe-designed vehicle for $170K. Check out some photos and video clips of the custom Lambo.