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Instead, Scott explained that Boozer’s absence stemmed from something else. Scott wanted to play Jordan Hill off the bench after missing the previous five games because of a right hip flexor. Scott also became curious with how Hill would fare with forward Ed Davis. The pair combined for 28 points and 24 rebounds, and represented a fourth-quarter unit that nearly chipped away at the Nets’ 22-point lead. Yet, Scott suggested Boozer’s absence likely will not become prolonged. “I just told him it was something I was trying to experiment with and it didn’t go the way I expected it to go,” Scott said. “I wasn’t happy with it. It probably won’t happen again.” The same applies to Wesley Johnson, who also sat because of a coach’s decision while Ryan Kelly (12 points on 4 of 8 shooting) and Nick Young (five points on 2 of 9 shooting) played at small forward. “Wes was good, too,” Scott said. “I told him the same thing. It was something I was trying.” Los Angeles Daily News
A mark of the sign of the Lakers’ current demise that coach Byron Scott suddenly looked ahead to the team’s summer league squad in mid-February. But Scott revealed something far more notable than anything surrounding when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) at Staples Center. Scott said that Lakers rookie forward will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team. Los Angeles Daily News
The Lakers’ summer league team will also feature rookie guard Jordan Clarkson and up to four rookies, including a possible top-five pick, a mid first-round pick and two possible second-round selections. “I already told Julius and Jordan,’” Scott said, “you guys should dominate.” Los Angeles Daily News
The Lakers (13-40) are heading for a second-straight season without a playoff berth, but power forward Carlos Boozer will not request a contract buyout. According to a person familiar with the situation, Boozer will finish out the season with the Lakers instead of looking for the chance to join a postseason contender as a free agent. The Lakers acquired Boozer in July off amnesty waivers from the Chicago Bulls. While his total salary this season is $16.8 million, the Bulls are responsible for $13.6 million while the Lakers are paying the 33-year-old $3.3 million. Los Angeles Times
Mark Medina: Mitch Kupchak on Magic saying Jim Buss doesn't give him enough authority to make decisions: "I have the same authority I had w/ Dr. Buss. Jerry West had the same authority with Dr. Buss. I've got that same authority with Jimmy. Jimmy and I work very closely together" Twitter @MarkG_Medina
A person familiar with Dragic’s thinking said he “loves the opportunity” to join the Lakers and sees them as a “perfect fit” when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. But the Heat can sign Dragic a five-year deal worth up to $100 million, while other teams can offer up to a four-year deal worth $80 million. Los Angeles Daily News
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