Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Odom, Ebanks In? Gasol Out?

The recent rumors circulating this Lakers team are hotter than high school lunch chatter the day after prom!

Remember back when Ebanks was upset that he may not be getting the respect and playing time he deserved with the Lakers? Sources are now saying that Ebanks was excited after his meetings with Mike Brown and Mitch Kupchak. As of July 1, Ebanks may become a free agent for the first time in his NBA career. But we may see more of him next year. The Lakers player was stated as saying:

“I’d definitely love to stay here in L.A. and continue my career here.”

In terms of Pau Gasol, who has a career low of 17.4 ppg this season, the future appears to be away from LA. Before the NBA trade deadline in March, rumors had circulated about Gasol’s possible trade to the Bulls. Come the deadline, he remained on the team, but the possibility of a Bull’s season is still imminent. If Gasol left, could that open a spot back for Odom? The Mavericks want nothing to do with him, and plan to buy him out in the next month. According to ESPN Radio, the want for a return to L.A. is mutual:

“(Odom) desperately wants to come back and wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike Brown desperately wants him back. He’s going to talk to Buss and Lakers hierarchy to see what they can do about getting Lamar Odom back.”

The rumor mill is getting exciting. I bet you are all as excited/nervous/giddy as I am to see where this Lakers team is headed and hopefully there are some answers soon.

Lakers Nation News

Video: Lakers Twitter Fun

Phil Jackson Writing a Memoir

Ebanks Wants to Resign With the Lakers

Pau Gasol Asking to be Traded to the Bulls

Lamar Odom Wants to Return to the Lakers

Sessions Describes Life With the Lakers

Final Pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Limits Lakers’ Options

Lakers News

Past, Present and Future of the 2011-2012 Lakers [Forum Blue and Gold]

Nobody Cares Where Pau Gasol Wants to Play [Silver Screen and Roll]

Ramon Sessions Says It’s Very Different Being a Laker [Pro Basketball Talk]

Odd Are Against Lakers Reloading, But… [OC Register]

Kings are In, Lakers are Out [LA Times]

Metta World Peace Becomes Metta Man! [SB Nation]

NBA News

Thunder Unfazed After Blowing Lead in Game 1 [NBA.com]

Doc Rivers Calls Technical Foul “Worst I Have Ever Had” [ESPN]

Westbrook Keeps Bringing the Fashion Game to the Post Game [Loud City]

Better Know a 2012 Prospect: Terrence Jones [Raptors HQ]

James Scores 32 as Heat burn Celtics in NBA Opener [Yahoo Sports]

NBA Cheering Section: Playoff Edition [OC Register]

Shaw to Interview with Bobcats This Week [Pro Basketball Talk]

Stake Raised for Thunder’s Harden [NBA.com]

Warriors, Jazz Unlikely to Complete Trade to Give Golden State’s Draft Pick Back [SB Nation]

Ray Allen of Celtics Missing in Game 1 [NBA.com]

Shirt Ideas for Westbrook [The Basketball Jones]

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