News From Around the League- June 23, 2010

With the draft on Thursday night, the Lakers are looking to wrap up their picks and wrap up any contracts.  The past few days have created a lot of rumors, including the latest on Phil and some interesting free agency news. The Lakers are refueling their team and this offseason looks like it will be very interesting.

The following links include the latest news and updates on the Lakers.

Phil Jackson’s daughter has said that she thinks her dad is “done now.” [Slam Magazine]

It is hard to improve a championship team, but the Lakers are trying to do just that.  They have some flaws on their roster, and the front office is trying to fix that. [OC Register]

The Lakers’ success heavily depends on the return of Coach Phil Jackson.  He is still undecided, but the latest updates do not sound promising. [LA Times]

The Lakers are eyeing free-agent Raja Bell and sources say the team will go after the veteran guard. [ESPN Los Angeles]

Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell have had their feuds on the basketball court, but Kobe wants him on the Lakers.  Both Kobe and the Lakers are very interested in signing Bell. [Pro Basketball Talk]

Center Andrew Bynum had his knee drained on the day after he won his second NBA title.  Bynum will travel to South Africa to watch the World Cup, then will have surgery on his injured knee. [ESPN Los Angeles]

The 2010 NBA Finals helped ABC, as it was one of the most watched summer events since 2000. [LA Times]

After winning his second consecutive ring, Laker guard Jordan Farmar wants out of LA. [Slam Magazine]

With Fisher’s and Farmar’s future with the Lakers undecided, and the rumors about free agents signing with the team,  LA’s backcourt looks as though it will completely change next season. [Pro Basketball Talk]

The Laker star Pau Gasol’s exit interview. [BasketBlog]

Laker forward Lamar Odom’s exit interviews. [BasketBlog]

The other 29 teams in the NBA are stirring up some big news.

Chris Paul says that he wants to stay in New Orleans, only if his team is committed to winning. []

The Celtics lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals and now they have officially lost their assistant coach; Tom Thibodeau was announced as the Bulls head coach. [ESPN Chicago]

The New York Knicks are very busy at this time, as they are looking to land the top free agents.  Now, they are looking to acquire Blazers’ guard and Pau Gasol’s buddy, Rudy Fernandez. [Pro Basketball Talk]

The Clippers are always second to the Lakers, at everything.  But they are making a strong push to sign LeBron James. [Dime Magazine]

The Warriors and the Bucks agree to a trade; Corey Maggette and the 44th pick in to’10 Draft are sent to Milwaukee for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric. [Dime Magazine]

The New Jersey Nets have traded Chris Douglas-Robert to the Milwaukee Bucks for a second-round pick.  The Nets are also targeting Carlos Boozer in the free agency market. [Pro Basketball Talk]

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