Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Will Dwight or CP3 Stay in L.A.?

NBA: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles LakersThis summer, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will become an unrestricted free agent. Paul has a five-year $108 million contract offer from the Clippers, but much like Dwight, will wait until July 1 to make a decision. With two seasons on the Clippers, and for the most part, a wave of success, CP3 will more than likely be back in Los Angeles. The Clippers can offer him more years and money than any other team.

Lakers Nation polled out fans to ask them the question, “Who Returns – Dwight Howard or Chris Paul?” The Lakers and Clippers have the financial advantage over potential competing teams, but a guaranteed return hasn’t been expressed by either player. In the poll, 54 percent believed that Dwight Howard is more likely to come back to the Lakers with 46 percent voting in favor of Paul. Check out the post to see which reasons you all stated as to why they may return.

Eddie Jordan of the Lakers staff took the head coaching job at Rutgers at the end of last month. But that wasn’t the only off-season coaching move to take place. Assistant coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person won’t be retained by the Lakers for next season. Returning staff members will include Dan D’Antoni, Steve Clifford, Darvin Ham and Phil Handy.

In case you are wondering how Kobe’s Achilles injury is doing, the Lakers guard posted a photo of his ankle today on Instagram. Things seem to be in order for Bryant, who has had a rather speedy process with this injury so far. Kobe has done a good job of keeping his followers updated on his condition since the injury, so it’s worth adding him on Twitter and Instagram if you haven’t already.

Missing your Lakers already? Lakers Nation has compiled two awesome lists today for your enjoyment. Relive some of our favorite moments this season with these:

Top 5 Kobe Bryant Dunks of 2012-2013
Top Mike D’Antoni Facial Expressions Of the 2012-2013 NBA Season

Lakers Nation News

NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson Won’t Coach Brooklyn Nets

NBA News: Clippers Confident They Can Retain Guard Chris Paul

Kobe Bryant Posts Updated Picture of Injured Achilles on Instagram

Top Mike D’Antoni Facial Expressions Of the 2012-2013 NBA Season

Lakers News: Team Makes Changes to Coaching Staff For Next Season

VIDEO: Top 5 Kobe Bryant Dunks of 2012-2013

Lakers Nation Reacts: Who Returns – Dwight Howard or Chris Paul?

Lakers News

Lakers Free Agency Discussion: Earl Clark [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kobe Bryant – The Vigorous Worker [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Season Wrap: Metta World Peace Tried to Play Hurt [Lakers Now]

Taking an Asset Inventory [Forum Blue and Gold]

Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person Will Not Be Retained [LA Times]

Sources: Lakers Dismiss 2 Coaches [ESPN LA]

Teammates, Management Weigh in on Howard [Lakers Blog]

D’Antoni Parts Ways with Person, Bickerstaff [Orange County Register]

2012-13 Lakers Report Card: Starting Five [Lakers Index]

Lakers Season Wrap: Jodie Meeks Gave Effort, but Not Always Results [LA Times]

Metta World Peace: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Kobe Bryant Have ‘a lot in common’ [Yahoo! Sports]

D’Antoni Makes Changes to his Staff [Lakers Blog]

Lakers Season Wrap: When Healthy, Steve Blake had L.A.-Best Year [Lakers Now]

Kobe Bryant’s Letter to Michael Jordan [Kings of the NBA]

Lakers Season Wrap: Chris Duhon Wasn’t Expected to Play [Lakers Now]

Howard Should Go to Houston [ESPN]

Lakers Season Wrap: Earl Clark Was a Welcome Surprise [LA Times]

2012-13 Lakers Report Card: Coaching Staff and Front Office [Lakers Index]

NBA News

Most Disappointing Playoff Coaches [ESPN Insider]

Bulls Guard Nate Robinson Shrugs Off Stitches, Stands Up to East Favorite Heat in Gritty Game 1 Win [Yahoo! Sports]

Chicago Bulls Deliver Miami Heat’s First Loss of NBA playoffs 2013 [The Point Forward]

Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan Open to Working Together Again [ProBasketballTalk]

Hawks Coaches Bracing for Decision on Future [Yahoo! Sports]

Chicago Bulls’ Amazing Run Goes on With Game 1 Over Miami Heat [ESPN]

Amar’e Stoudemire Practices, Could Play in Game 3 [SI Tracking Blog]

Bulls’ Marco Belinelli Fined for ‘obscene gesture’ [The Point Forward]

Stephen Curry Left Wanting One More Shot After Manu Ginobili, Spurs Steal Magical Night [Yahoo! Sports]

How the Favorites Can Fight Back [Per Diem]

Stephen Curry Went Off in Third Quarter for 22 (VIDEO) [ProBasketballTalk]

Joakim Noah Defends Derrick Rose [ESPN]

Spurs Outlast Warriors in Double OT 129-127 [Yahoo! Sports]

The Miami Heat Losing to Chicago Bulls in Game 1 Part of a Pattern [ESPN]

Knicks Must Find Poise and Composure After Game 1 Loss []

Report: Hawks Coach Larry Drew, Staff Expecting To Be Let Go [SI Tracking Blog]

Bulls Win? Warriors in Second Round? Unpredictability Has Been Hallmark of These Playoffs [ProBasketballTalk]

Double Flop Brings Fine for Thunder’s Fisher [Yahoo! Sports]

Recalibrating the 2013 NBA Playoffs [5 on 5]

Los Angeles Clippers VP ‘Very Confident’ Chris Paul Will Re-sign with Team [ESPN LA]

Report: Suns Waiting to Pick GM Because They Want Grant Hill to Take Job [ProBasketballTalk]

Manu Ginobili, Spurs Rally Past Warriors in 2OT Despite Steph Curry’s 44 [ESPN]

Voter Who Blocked LeBron James From Making NBA History Defends His Carmelo Anthony Pick [Yahoo! Sports]

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