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Several teams are interested in trading with Talen Horton-Tucker

The 21-year-old LA swingman will be trading on January 15th. (Author: Gardener)

Talen Horton-TuckerThe 21-year-old LA swingman will be trading on January 15th. The Los Angeles Lakers' most intriguing young player, Talen Horton-Tucker, is also one of the team's most tradable assets. Boardroom's Jordan Schultz reports that up to seven teams could be interested in acting for Horton-Tucker. After missing the first 13 games of the year due to offseason surgery on his right thumb, Horton-Tucker got off to a quick start when he was finally fit for Los Angeles. In his first three games that season he averaged 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals. The 6'4 "Iowa State product averages 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per night. It shoots 40.6% off the field, 27.8% off the three-point range, and 82 , 8% from the Charity Stripe. It was reported Today that Horton-Tucker tested positive for COVID-19 and could fail in the short term but is otherwise healthy and hopefully will be back and available soon. The Lakers could be a more reliable offensive contributor on Perimeter, and THT's highly negotiable, $ 30.8 million three-year deal could be the club's best way to upgrade without its top three stars in striker LeBron James, Big Man Anthony Davis and point guard Russell Westbrook. Tucker would likely be the Pistons' winner in such an exchange between the two cadres. After signing his new contract extension with Bird Rights this summer, the 21-year-old will be the LA swing man traded in January 15. 1 r the rest of the league's free agent signers.

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LeBron James heats up when Lakers visit Mavericks

Los Angeles Lakers 'title hopes may ultimately depend on star LeBron James' sleep patterns. When the four-time MVP is rested, the Lakers look like legitimate contenders. (Author: Gardener)

LeBron JamesLos Angeles Lakers 'title hopes may ultimately depend on star LeBron James' sleep patterns. When the four-time MVP is rested, the Lakers look like legitimate contenders. James has scored at least 30 points in seven of his last eleven games for the Lakers, who embark on a three-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Los Angeles has won two straight wins, five out of seven, with the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week ahead. James recorded his 101st triple-double of his career with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Sunday's 106-94 win against Orlando Magic. "The effort with which he plays inspires our whole group," said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. "Our team plays extremely hard, defends and runs the floor. The Lakers have won nine of the last 12 games against Dallas, which could do without star guard Luka Doncic on Wednesday. Doncic, who averaged 22.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 10 career games against the Lakers, has missed the last two games with pain in his left ankle and is listed as day-to-day. The Mavericks were 0-4 without their two-time All-Star before taking a back-to -back and ended Saturday with a 120-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and 13 rebounds against the Hornets when Dallas won straight games for the first time since mid-November. "He was from the start great on the defensive, great at helping and protecting the edge, "said Dallas coach Jason Kidd. The Mavericks received a welcome spark from keeps Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Green, who together for 48 points vo n came to the bank. "That second session was great," said Kidd. "Trey was at an all-time high for us. That group moved the ball. Dallas could face an understaffed Lakers team after security guard Talen Horton-Tucker was inducted into the league's health and safety protocols. Los Angeles" on Tuesday cancel training on Tuesday while the team took two COVID tests. Horton-Tucker, who has started the last six games, scored 19 points in Sunday's win and a career high of six steals. "He's really coming," said Vogel. The Lakers are also watching the status of striker Anthony Davis, who has missed the last two games with a pain in his left knee. Davis averaged 24 points and 10.2 rebounds for Los Angeles, which climbed two games over .500 for the first time in four weeks.

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Nets place James Harden and 6 others in COVID logs; Lakers cancel training as league problems persist

Several Brooklyn Nets players landed in the league's health and safety protocols Tuesday morning, and the Los Angeles Lakers canceled training ahead of their trip to Dallas. Seven Nets players are now on health and safety logs, the team said Tuesday morning, making Brooklyn the third organization with a significant outbreak in the entire league. LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre ’Bembry, James Johnson and Jevon Carter all made the list ... (Author: Gardener)

James HardenSeveral Brooklyn Nets players landed in the league's health and safety protocols Tuesday morning, and the Los Angeles Lakers canceled training ahead of their trip to Dallas. Seven Nets players are now on health and safety logs, the team said Tuesday morning, making Brooklyn the third organization with a significant outbreak in the entire league. On Tuesday afternoon, Nets stars James Harden and Bruce Brown were added to the list, per Shams Charania from The Athletic. Though the Nets are extremely limited, Kevin Durant was released against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night after battling right ankle pain - which officially gave them eight available players, the league minimum. The Nets outbreak comes more than a week after the Chicago Bulls game that featured 10 players and two games this week were postponed due to their own outbreak. Chicago's breakout came after a game against the Charlotte Hornets, who also lost five players to logs. The Nets are slated to face the Raptors on Tuesday before the Philadelphia 76ers game. It is unclear how long any of the seven players will be out. Lakers guardian Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and entered the league's health and safety logs, the team said. As a result, the Lakers canceled Tuesday's training and instructed all players and staff to perform both a rapid test and a PCR test, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. After the players returned a negative test, they were scheduled to meet at the airport for their trip to Dallas for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. Horton-Tucker has averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season, his third in the league. How long the 21-year-old will be out is unclear. The Lakers will embark on a three-game road trip, with the team playing in Minnesota on Friday and then Chicago on the Sunday after the Dallas game. Talen Horton-Tucker landed in the NBA's health and safety protocols on Tuesday. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo entered health and safety logs Tuesday night, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Antetokounmpo was removed from the game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. How long he will pause is unclear. Antetokounmpo has averaged 27 points and 11.6 rebounds so far this season, his ninth at the Bucks. After the Pacers, Milwaukee will face the Pelicans on Friday before the Cavaliers on Saturday. The NFL hit a new high on Monday when 36 players and one staff member tested positive in a single day. The employee also reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant, the first known case of this variant in the league. The NFL officially announced to teams on Monday that Tier 1 and 2 employees must receive their booster shots by December 27th. About 100 players were on the league's COVID list on Tuesday. The NHL had more than 30 players on their COVID logs as of Tuesday afternoon, and both the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames have postponed games in the past two days. As of Tuesday afternoon, the United States saw an average of more than 120,000 new cases of the coronavirus each day - an increase of nearly 50% over the past two weeks, according to The New York Times.

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Lebron versus Lukas

Luka Doncic won't compete against his childhood idol, Lakers star Lebron James. (Author: Gardener)

LebronDALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, but the highly anticipated match will go without at least one star ... Luka Doncic won't be playing against childhood idol, Lakers star Lebron James. Doncic struggling with ankle pain. Luka will miss his third game in a row. The Mavs are 2-4 without Doncic this season after recording consecutive wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers, who have won five of their last seven games, could do without Anthony Davis. Davis is questionable with knee pain that has kept him from playing the last two games. A. had to cancel a training session that was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon before his flight to Dallas. The Lakers have a lead of one game over the Mavs in the Western Conference standings. Without Doncic, the Mavs need someone else to produce magic and claim victory on Wednesday. FUN FACT: This is the first meeting between Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd and the Lakers after Kidd spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach in Los Angeles (2019-21) and helped the franchise to the 2020 NBA title. INJURY REPORT: Mavs: Sterling Brown (left foot sore) is questionable; Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) fails; Doncic (left ankle wound) is out. NEXT: Dallas has a few days off before heading out to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. CT. "I love every guy that is in this locker room and I believe in what we can," said LeBron. The front office put this team together and we are looking forward to the journey ahead. "

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Lakers' Talen Horton-Tucker says he's comfortable as a starter

Talen Horton-Tucker, Guardian for the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke about how he's got used to his role in the starting XI. (Author: Gardener)

Talen Horton-TuckerTalen Horton-Tucker had high expectations when he signed a three-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer. The third year player was once a combo guard for the team but is now charged with evolving into a 3-and-D wing due to his 7-foot wingspan. After missing the first 13 games due to a thumb injury, Horton-Tucker came back averaging 23 points in his first few games and was the best Laker in the process. He has now played a 19-point, six-steal game against Orlando Magic, his best two-way game of the year. "I'm just fine now," said Horton-Tucker. Just trying to figure out where my shots are coming from and doing the things that I can do defensively will come. Try to give me my time and I feel like we'll keep getting better as the season goes on. ”Horton-Tucker went on to try to improve his 3-point percentage, which is currently at 27, 8% lies. Against the magic, he shot 3-out-of-6 (50%) from below. “I just want to stay aggressive and catch and shoot. I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't know what was going to happen afterwards, but just being aggressive, sticking to my attitude and trusting my work is something I kind of wanted to focus on. ”Horton-Tucker is inclined Clogging lanes to the edge because the defense doesn't fully respect his shooting skills, but if the 21-year-old wing can increase his 3-point percentage to around 34-35% his fit will be better smooth.

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Nets add 5 players to health and safety logs, Lakers drop out of training as COVID issues persist

Several Brooklyn Nets players landed in the league's health and safety protocols Tuesday morning, and the Los Angeles Lakers canceled training ahead of their trip to Dallas. Five Nets players are now subject to health and safety protocols, the team said Tuesday morning, making them the third organization to have a major outbreak across the league. LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre ‘Bembry, James Johnson, and Jevon Carter were all featured in the ... (Author: Gardener)

5Several Brooklyn Nets players landed in the league's health and safety protocols Tuesday morning, and the Los Angeles Lakers canceled training ahead of their trip to Dallas. Five Nets players are now subject to health and safety protocols, the team said Tuesday morning, making them the third organization to have a major outbreak across the league. The Nets outbreak comes more than a week after playing the Chicago Bulls which featured 10 players and two games postponed due to their own outbreak. Chicago's breakout came after a game against the Charlotte Hornets, who also lost five players to logs. The Nets meet on Tuesday before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers against the Toronto Raptors. It is unclear how long any of the five players will be out. Lakers guardian Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and entered the league's health and safety logs, the team said. As a result, the Lakers canceled training entirely on Tuesday and directed all players and staff to perform both a rapid test and a PCR test, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. After the players returned a negative test, they were scheduled to meet at the airport for their trip to Dallas for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. Horton-Tucker has averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season so far this season, his third in the league. How long the 21-year-old will be out is unclear. The Lakers will embark on a three-game road trip, with the team playing in Minnesota on Friday and then Chicago on the Sunday after the Dallas game. Talen Horton-Tucker landed in the NBA's health and safety protocols on Tuesday. The NBA is nowhere near alone in dealing with a new outbreak. The NFL set a new all-time record on Monday when 36 players and one staff member tested positive in a single day. The employee also reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant, the first known case of this variant in the league. The NFL officially announced to teams on Monday that Tier 1 and 2 employees must get their booster vaccinations by December 27th. About 100 players were on their COVID list on Tuesday. The NHL had more than 30 players on their COVID logs as of Tuesday afternoon, and both the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames have postponed games for the past two days. As of Tuesday afternoon, the United States saw an average of more than 120,000 new cases of the coronavirus each day - an increase of nearly 50% over the past two weeks, according to The New York Times.

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LeBron on trade rumors ahead of Mavs visit

"I love every guy that is in that locker room and I believe in what we can," says LeBron. (Author: Gardener)

LeBronDALLAS - At DFW, we're Dallas Mavs-centric when it comes to experimenting with retail concepts that would cause the locals led by Luka Doncic to rise past the .500 mark where Dallas is currently showing up. The Los Angeles Royal Lakers - Wednesday night attendees of the AAC - don't seem to be any different. For example, has LeBron James seen enough? "So it's impossible for me to say, 'OK, when do we get to a point where we need to change something? - If the Mavs somehow win Wednesday's game, both teams will have 15 wins. (The Mavs would be at 15-13, the Lakers at 15-14.) Both teams would stay in the sixth and seventh spots in the west, but at this point the Mavs - who have won twice in a row without the limping Doncic (knee), are hoping for Bring him back for Wednesday - it might feel like finishing sixth is an accomplishment (with all due respect to Kristaps Porzingis, who rose in place of Lukas). LA is not really designed as a second-tier team. James pointed out that the Lakers need more time together, praising the current lineup, noting that he “loves every guy that's in that locker room.” Times Mavs fans can empathize, as is owner Mark Cuban's general position with his cadres gedu To be ldig ... However, Dallas manager Jason Kidd has given clues about the limitations of his squad by calling it not "built for defense" and noting that the Mavs are "a jump shooting team". Do the Mavs need more time? Do the Lakers need more time? "I love every guy that is in this locker room and I believe in what we can," said LeBron. "I love what ... the Front Office did to put this team together and we look forward to the journey ahead." LeBron's journey continues on Wednesday in Dallas, a night when two teams try to "trust" juggling about where to go with "honesty", how hard it could be to get there.

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Lakers spoke about Russell Westbrook Trade

The Lakers have had talks about leaving their ex-all-star point guard. (Author: Gardener)

Russell Westbrook TradeThe Russell-Westbrook experiment has been pretty disappointing for your Los Angeles Lakers so far. LA is currently at a mid-15-13 after removing much of its forward depth (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, and Montrezl Harrell to be precise) to the 33- year-old ex-alli to include -Star Point Guard. Westbrook also has $ 47.1 million that he is likely to wield as he may be struggling right now to make half of this year on the open market. Let the records show this writer was ready to leave Westbrook after the first game of the 2021-22 Lakers season. His scoring stats are still impressive and he has played more control than in previous years, but he seems to have lost half a step athletically and is fighting defensively. His free throw shooting is well below his career average of 78.8%, which has been the trend since his 2016-17 MVP season. His 32.4% three-point shooting is actually the second best of his career, although unfortunately for some reason he still takes 4.0 tries per game, way too many looks for a guy who can't hit them. A notable plus in his game this season is his shot distribution. Westbrook shoots significantly more shots within 3 yards than last season (51.6% of all his field goal looks are within this range, compared to just 35.4% last year). While this clogs the lane a bit for All-Star Lakers striker LeBron James, this is where Westbrook works best. He has moved away from long jumpers (defined as shots over 4.50m but within the three-point line) and has largely replaced this distribution with threesomes, theoretically good practice should he start doing more threesomes. Long two-pointers only make up 14.4% of his shot diet this season. Last year at the Washington Wizards, 22.4% of Westbrook's shots came from this inefficient range. If he were, say, another Lakers in the 2021 offseason targeting DeMar DeRozan, it would be okay to see him do so many mid-range looks. Brodie's defense, inefficient jump shooting, and head-scratching late-game decisions confused LA fans. Those liabilities make him an awkward fit alongside James and his fellow All-Star colleague, tall man Anthony Davis, who is currently out with a knee injury. A potential trade between Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook was mentioned yesterday that would at least make some sense to both parties. Simmons is also a better player than Westbrook, but a worse fit with his own team. Westbrook is a great lead ball handler and still a senior finisher and above average rebounder for his position him, warts and everything, all over again. Given that James is such a high profile passer and essentially acted as LA point guard during his final championship run in the 2019-20 season, the player LA might get in return doesn't necessarily have to be a point guard, though the team could certainly benefit from another senior perimeter player. There might be an opportunity for the Lakers front office, led by team president Rob Pelinka, to leave Russell Westbrook this season, but it won't be easy.

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Lakers' Talen Horton-Tucker Enters COVID-19 Logs, Training Canceled

Lakers abandons training Tuesday after the Shooting Guard entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols (Author: Gardener)

Talen Horton-Tucker EntersThe Lakers canceled training Tuesday after shooting guard Talen Horton-Tucker entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the team said. The Lakers canceled training Tuesday after shooting guard Talen Horton-Tucker entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the team said. Other members of the Lakers have been instructed to run two tests - a rapid test and a PCR - before boarding their flight to Dallas that afternoon if they get negative results, according to ESPN. At 4:30 p.m., the Lakers meet the Mavericks. Wednesday in the first of three games Roadtrip. Since returning from a thumb injury that delayed the start of the season, Horton-Tucker, a 21-year-old in his third season, has started 12 of his 15 games this season, averaging 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2, 9 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.8 minutes per game. Tuesday's canceled practice session marks the first known practice session for the Lakers this season, despite the team looking into the logs when LeBron James took a brief break from the team after a positive test result. When further tests gave negative results several times, he was allowed to become active again. On Monday, the Chicago Bulls announced that two games had been postponed, and their next game against the Lakers on Sunday appeared to be in jeopardy even before LA abandoned practice as the NBA postponed the start time to 5 p.m. from 12:30 p.m. Before the season, the general manager of the Lakers, Rob Pelinka, said that the team is expected to be 100% vaccinated on the opening night.

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Lakers have reportedly discussed trading with Russell Westbrook internally, but that doesn't make a deal likely

Doing business with Russell Westbrook would not be easy, and perhaps not even wise (Author: Gardener)

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook fitted in questionably with the Los Angeles Lakers from the moment he was acquired prior to the 2021 NBA draft, and so far those concerns have been reasonably justified this season, given a disappointing 15-13 start. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Lakers had internal discussions about the Westbrook trade because it was a bad match for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Westbrook would have to participate in such a deal for financial reasons. Westbrook owes $ 91 million this season and next, and there are very few players in all of basketball that could be used to cover salaries on such a deal. Most players who could be in the air as superstars would never want to trade their teams for 33-year-old and seemingly in decline, Westbrook. It should also be noted that James and Davis both wanted the Westbrook trade and may not be thrilled to see it dealt with, even if it is in the team's best interests. Westbrook has had a season of ups and downs in Los Angeles, and he's far from guilty of his team's struggles. His defensive performance was disappointing all season, especially when he joined a team with as strong a defensive culture as the Lakers had in recent years. He hasn't grown as much as the Lakers probably hoped, and despite some early success as a ball screener for James, this isn't a job Westbrook took on either. Westbrook has fought both successfully and as he has generally done and fought throughout his career. That makes Westbrook a somewhat unfair scapegoat for the Lakers. His limitations as a player were evident from the moment they traded for him, yet they built a roster that made little sense around him. They refused to pay Alex Caruso despite knowing Westbrook's defensive weaknesses. Despite Westbrook's heavily used style, they loaded ball-handling guards with their back-of-roster spots. Even if Westbrook failed with the Lakers, the Lakers failed him as well. It should also be noted that Westbrook has improved significantly over the course of the season. He shoots a career high of 52.9 percent in corner 3s, and if anything stays near that number, Westbrook may at least have a way to split the floor for James and Davis. These are reasons not to trade with Westbrook, but the most important one is common sense. The Lakers functionally swapped five key players to get Westbrook: Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell in the deal itself, as well as Caruso and Dennis Schroder as free agents, whom they did not want to keep at least partially due to the Westbrook deal. It's absolutely impossible to turn Westbrook into five valuable players in the middle of the season. The idea that they could somehow swap it and revert to their previous, defensive style of play is just fictitious. In reality, they would trade Westbrook for an inferior version of last year's team that probably wouldn't be good enough to win this year's championship. As flawed as Westbrook is, the Lakers have subscribed to that three-star style. Their only hope of saving the season, aside from a very surprising return in a possible Westbrook trade, is to put together the best possible team around Westbrook themselves. It offers something that the players who gave up the Lakers don't have and this is their only way forward as going back is not a realistic option. The Lakers made their bed when they were trading for Westbrook. That could mean making a meaningful trade elsewhere on the list, but in all likelihood Westbrook will stay. For better or worse, there is just no realistic way of trading it in for something that will make the Lakers a better basketball team.

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