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July 19, 2014 Updates

But before he could totally turn the page, Gasol reflected on what it was like to bid farewell to one certain former Lakers teammate: Kobe Bryant. "It was difficult," Gasol told reporters when asked about informing Bryant of his decision to sign with the Bulls. "We have a close friendship. We've been through a lot together, and I'm sure I will miss him. But we talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball and we'll always have a friendship. "It was difficult to talk to him, but he was very supportive and he understood. He just said I had to do what was best for me and what felt right for me and he was going to support me no matter what. That's what friends and brothers do, and that's what we are." ESPN.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

Mike Bresnahan: Busy day for the Lakers, who reached agreement with Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson. Not many roster spots left. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

Mark Medina: Don't have dollar figure on Ryan Kelly's deal. But I'm told it's a two year deal with no options Twitter

Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports. Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career. ESPN.com

Mark Deeks: Kendall Marshall can be claimed off waivers by anyone. And should be by someone.To claim someone off waivers, you need cap space or a suitable exception. Marshall was on a 2 year min deal, so the main exception suffices. Twitter @MarkDeeksNBA

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent forward/center Pau Gasol. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. "We are really excited to add such a versatile player to our roster who has been both an All-Star and an NBA Champion,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “Pau is a skilled player with a high basketball IQ and is a true pro and a proven winner.” NBA.com

The Rockets did not expect to land Carlos Boozer on Thursday. This was only partly because they did not make a bid for him. The Rockets did have reason to carefully watch the bid process, won Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers. Had Boozer, who was made an amnesty waiver by Chicago this week, not been claimed, the Rockets would have moved in to land him as a free agent. Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN LAKERS HISTORY

Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson headline a fantastic list that includes up to 33 NBA champions.

   

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