Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Plan B in Full Effect

Kobe, Gasol, NashDwight departed Los Angeles last week, but that hasn’t stopped the Lakers from making some crucial team decisions. The problem is that the Lakers are very limited financially what they can offer to fill in the roster for next season.

Rumors started this weekend that the Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom. The star had played seven seasons with the Lakers and was also Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. He won two championships with the team in 2009 and 2010. Even though he averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game with the Lakers, his season with the Clippers wasn’t as promising as he only averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The Lakers could offer him the veteran minimum.

The team did not cut Pau Gasol after Howard went elsewhere, which has been a relief to many fans, but a gap was still left in the big man position until today. The Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Chris Kaman, who will most likely be a solid back-up for Gasol who has knee issues. Plus, the fact that it’s a one-year deal will keep the Lakers books clear when next season rolls around and they’re looking to make big free agency moves.

Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to use the amnesty clause on veteran small forward Metta World Peace and save themselves $30 million dollars. World Peace chose to exercise his player option on the final year of his deal with the team. World Peace will hit the waiver wire and will become available to teams with cap space before being available to the highest bidder as an unrestricted free agent.

This Saturday, there will be a public memorial service to honor the life and times of Flynn Robinson, who passed away on May 23, 2013. If Lakers fans are interested in attending, here are the memorial service details: Saturday, July 13 – 12:00 @ Noon. It will take place at the West Angeles Church Performing Arts Theatre at 3020 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.

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Memorial Service For Former Laker Flynn Robinson Held Saturday

Lakers News

An Open Letter to Dwight Howard: We Aren’t Mad Because You Left [Silver Screen and Roll]

Chris Kaman Agrees to One-Year Deal with Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Podcast Live Tonight at 9 p.m. ET [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lamar Odom Contacted by Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kobe Bryant’s Future with the Lakers is the Next Step [Silver Screen and Roll]

Phil Jackson: Dwight Howard Left ‘Distaste’ in Los Angeles, Calls Him an ‘Astro’ [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kobe ‘Raged’ Over Dwight’s ‘Clownish’ Disposition Taking Over Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Will Keep Pau Gasol [ESPN]

After Dwight Howard’s Departure, Lakers Ponder a Sketchy Future []

How Dwight Howard Spent His Friday Night (PIE CHART) [For the Win]

Report: Lakers And Chris Kaman Agree To One-Year Deal [Forum Blue and Gold]

After Dwight, What’s Next for Lakers? [ESPN]

Rockets Give Dwight Howard What Lakers, Kobe Wouldn’t: Unconditional Love [Yahoo Sports]

Shaq: Houston ‘Safe Move’ for Dwight [ESPN]

Lakers’ Plan B Requires Patience [Los Angeles Lakers Index]

Lakers Have Yet to Agree to Terms With Any Free Agents []

Lakers, Chris Kaman Have Mutual Interest? [HOOPSWORLD]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Weighs in on Dwight Howard [For the Win]

Dwight Howard Chooses to Leave Lakers, and There’s No Going Back [CBS Sports]

Free Agency Chatter: Five Players Who Could Make Sense for the Lakers [Forum Blue and Gold]

Metta World Peace Tweet: Lakers vs. Rockets in Conference Finals []

Lakers Could Take a Big Step Back [ESPN]

Moving On From Dwight Howard [Forum Blue and Gold]

Metta World Peace is Completely Delusional About the Lakers [For the Win]

Carmelo Anthony Could be a 2014 Target for the Lakers []

Chris Kaman to Sign with Lakers [ESPN LA]

NBA News

Orlando Magic Sign Victor Oladipo, Who Stars in Pro Debut [ESPN]

The Dallas Mavericks have Missed Out on a Star Free Agent Again, Could be forced to move on [Ball Don’t Lie]

Brandon Jennings Demanding $12 Million a Year [Eye on Basketball]

Jason Collins’ Ex-Fiancée Tells Her Side of the Story [For the Win]

Brad Stevens Fulfills a Promise, Leaves the Boston Celtics for a Day to Appear at a Parade in Connersville, IN [Ball Don’t Lie]

Kevin Durant Engaged to WNBA Player Monica Wright [CBS Sports]

Orlando Summer League Schedule [ESPN]

Michael Carter-Williams Ipresses in Summer League Debut with Sixers [ProBasketballTalk]

Hawks, Bucks Talking Jennings-Teague Swap [Eye on Basketball]

Omer Asik Wants Trade in Wake of Dwight Howard Add; Houston Rockets Say No [ESPN]

Cleveland Cavaliers Join Dallas Mavericks in Race for Andrew Bynum [ESPN]

Randy Foye, Trade Exception to Nuggets? [HOOPSWORLD]

F Aminu to Re-Sign with Pelicans [Yahoo! Sports]

Landry, Kings Agree on $26 Million Contract []

Report: Hawks Reach Terms with Millsap, Carroll []

Devin Harris Agrees to Three-Year Deal with the Mavericks [ProBasketballTalk]

5 Reasons To Watch NBA Summer League This Year [Dime Magazine]

Cleveland Snags Jack for Four Years, $26 Million []

Jason Kidd as a Coach Looks Really Weird [For the Win]

Winners and Losers to This Point in NBA Free Agency [ProBasketballTalk]

Reggie Jackson puts Maurice Harkless on a poster this summer [CBS Sports]

Jason Kidd of Brooklyn Nets Gets Technical in NBA Coaching Debut [ESPN New York]

Blazers Signing Dorell Wright to Two-Year Deal [Yahoo! Sports]

Clippers Agree to One-Year Deal with Ryan Hollins [ProBasketballTalk]

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