Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
Roy Hibbert tells TMZ Sports … he’s done with professional basketball — explaining, “It’s just time to move on.” The 31-year-old — a 2-time NBA All Star — was at LAX and we were talking about everything from LeBron James to Carmelo Anthony … even Isaiah Thomas. But, when we asked Hibbert if he had any desire to come back to the Lakers and play with LeBron, he told us, “I’m good on it right now” … and explained that he’s moving on from the NBA.
LeBron James finally met with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton during his trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. Based on what we know of the meeting, they seem to be on the same page. Obviously there’s a bit of coachspeak there from Walton, but the message is that James is clearly focused on the right things. LeBron has always respected and worked well with people how know basketball. By all accounts, Walton has a brilliant basketball mind, so the two should get along swimmingly.
During the latest episode of ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” podcast, ESPN’s NBA Insider Brian Windhorst says Toronto could be in the “driver’s seat” to land San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and went on to say the Lakers and Sixers have bowed out of the Kawhi sweepstakes.
Brian Windhorst: “I think they’re in the driver’s seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up.” “The Sixers have given up and with the Nets, Bulls and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade. I think the Raptors are in the driver’s seat.”
Walton told ESPN he has been encouraged by their early communication. “He’s about the team. He’s about doing things the right way, and he’s about winning,” Walton said. “I can work with those qualities.”
Mike Trudell: Alex Caruso will not play in tonight’s semifinal game vs. Cleveland due to an illness. He’s back at the team hotel, in fact. Caruso been terrific in L.A.’s 5-0 run in Vegas, and will be missed on both ends of the floor.