NBA Draft: Lakers Select Center Robert Sacre

With the 60th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, their only selection, the Lakers drafted center Robert Sacre.

  • Live
22 Total Updates since June 5, 2012
  • Updates 18
  • Articles 4
  • All Updates 22

NBA Draft Grades 2012: Los Angeles Lakers Receive 'B' Rating

The Los Angeles Lakers didn't have a lot to work with this year in the NBA Draft, but made the most of what they had by acquiring Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom for cash as the No. 55 overall selection, as well as nabbing Gonzaga big man Robert Sacre with the final pick of the draft.

Though both of these players are solid additions, SB Nation's Tom Ziller wonders how much playing time either could really see next season (aside from in the D-League) as the Lake Show look for the right pieces to put around Kobe. Overall Ziller gave the Lakers a 'B' as part of his 2012 NBA Draft Grades.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

I'm not sure either of these players will play a single minute this season, but if the Lakers are serious about cutting salary and still want to pay Kobe Bryant $30 million a year, they'll need cheap replacement players for the bench. These are two cheap replacement players. Voila!

When it comes to playing cheap, it doesn't get much cheaper than the rookies; though you have to have some players of quality around the Black Mamba. No Lakers fans want to relive 2006. Hopefully that won't be the case with these guys.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers, make sure that you check out Silver Screen and Roll.

Continue

2012 NBA Draft, Lakers: Reaction To Lakers Acquisitions Darius Johnson-Odom And Robert Sacre

The Los Angeles Lakers came away from the 2012 NBA Draft with two new prospects. Darius Johnson-Odom, whom they received from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations, and Robert Sacre, Mr. Irrelevant, the very last pick in the draft. SB Nation's Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll has detailed insight on both prospects. Of the pair, Johnson-Odom seems to be the pick:

[Darius Johnson-Odom] does carry the type of profile the Lakers need in the backcourt coming off the bench between his athleticism and shooting ability. For all intents and purposes, DJO was the winner of the NBA combine, finishing no worse than ninth in any of the athletic drills and blowing away the entire field with a 41.5'' vertical, which is a top twenty all-time mark in Draft Express' database. These physical superlatives, namely his quickness and strength along with a decent wingspan for a two guard, enable him to compensate for the fact that he is three or so inches shorter than his counterparts and help to instill confidence that the solid defensive effort and smarts he displayed at the college level will translate into the NBA.

Sacre has his upside as well:

At first glance, Sacre appears to be a stereotypical seven foot stiff, but he brings an interesting combination of skills that might enable him to keep a spot in the league. Naturally, his body is NBA ready, as barring a somewhat short wingspan, he has prototypical size for a center and likely will be able to hold his own in straight-up post defense on the next level. He also has decent lateral quickness, however, which makes him effective against the pick-and-roll and players coming off screens, which constitutes a fair portion of the modern game. All in all, his smarts and good positional defense made him a solid defender in college and this should definitely endear him to Mike Brown. Sacre's primary deficiency on this end is his mediocre defensive rebounding, something likely attributed to his lack of explosiveness, but his instincts on the boards need some improvement and he will need to contribute meaningfully in this regard if he wants to stick in the league.

The full post contains much more on the two prospects, so if you're a Lakers fan don't miss it.

Stick with this storystream for more on the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2012 NBA Draft. Silver Screen and Roll has you covered for full time Lakers news and analysis, and don't miss the NBA Draft prospect videos from SB Nation Studios:

Continue

NBA Draft Results 2012: Los Angeles Lakers Take Center Robert Sacre 60th Overall

With the 60th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Robert Sacre, a center out of Gonzaga University. The 7-foot tall, 265-pound senior is the Lakers' only pick and the final selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Sacre is a strong rebounder who has become an outstanding free throw shooter, shooting better than 75% in his final year at Gonzaga. Sacre is big and strong, but has drawn criticism for not always using that size to its fullest potential. He has also shown an ability to hit a pull-up jumper from midrange, though given his size and ability to drive to the basket the jumper is not a frequent presence in his game.

For more on the Los Angels Lakers and the 2012 NBA Draft, stick with this storystream. For full time Lakers news and analysis, check out Silver Screen and Roll. And don't miss SB Nation on YouTube:

Continue

Pau Gasol Rumors: Zach Randolph For Lakers PF?

According to a report from the New York Post's Peter Vecsey, the Memphis Grizzlies are willing to offer big man Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for former Grizzly Pau Gasol, though Rudy Gay is apparently not on the table as part of a deal.

Per Vecsey on Twitter:

I have a feeling that the Grizzlies will not be the only team knocking on the Lakers door to see if Pau can come out and play. A return to his former team could be something Gasol is interested in, but could also want to take his talents elsewhere if the opportunity provides itself.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, make sure that you check out Silver Screen and Roll as well as SB Nation Los Angeles.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

Brandon Roy Rumors: Lakers Not Interested, According To Report

According to a report from ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the Los Angeles Lakers are in fact not interested in the services of currently retired guard Brandon Roy despite the speculation earlier in the summer that they may be looking at bringing him back to the league.

According to a source familiar with the team's thinking, the Lakers are not interested in Roy, the former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard who retired last December because of knee troubles. Roy, who turns 28 next month, has been working out in L.A. this summer in hopes of returning to the league.

Some teams, such as the Golden State Warriors, are said to still be eyeing Roy as he tries to make a return to the NBA, but comes with a significant amount of risk with his very troublesome history of knee problems. Hopefully some team will be willing to give him a chance.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers, make sure to check out Silver Screen and Roll as well as SB Nation Los Angeles.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets Not Pursuing Lakers PF

Hey, remember that earlier report that had us saying the Rockets are so totally going to go after Pau Gasol? Scratch that. Chad Ford disputed it, and then Ken Berger confirmed it.

While rival executives believed Houston's target was Lakers forward Pau Gasol, a person familiar with the team's strategy debunked that idea and said the Rockets front office has cooled significantly on the 7-foot Spaniard. Gasol made sense when Houston was pursuing him in the past year and was trying to set up a three-year window with Kyle Lowry, Gasol and another big-man target, Nene. But the person briefed on the Rockets' current plan doubted Gasol would make sense for the franchise anymore.

So the Rockets are not interested in Gasol anymore after nearly acquiring him this offseason. It does seem like all these draft picks are a lot to sacrifice for a power forward on the tail end of his prime. Looks like Houston is going all in on trying to lure Dwight Howard, even if it's probably just going to be a year-long rental.

Los Angeles will have to try and shop Gasol to other teams in all likelihood.

Talk about Gasol with Rockets fans over at The Dream Shake and discuss Gasol trade rumors with Lakers fans at Silver Screen and Roll.

Check out the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel and see if you'd be willing to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Lakers Draft Rumors: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist For Pau Gasol?

The Los Angeles Lakers are shopping Pau Gasol. The Lakers seem committed to Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, so Gasol is the odd man out in terms of finding suitors for his services.

While it's likely that Los Angeles will try and make a deal for an active player, there's a decent possibility L.A. will try and move up in the draft in exchange for a high pick. Mike Bresnahan has a report that has Los Angeles targeting a potential lottery pick, which could mean a lot of top teams could be taking a look.

It's unclear how strongly Kidd-Gilchrist would complement the Lakers. He's a good perimeter defender and hard worker, which are two attributes that Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown must really like. However, he struggles with his offense, so that could cause problems with the offense on the floor. Still, he'd be quite a suitable backup for Metta World Peace until he develops into his own, although this type of trade would probably leave Los Angeles deficient at the power forward position. The Lakers might need to find a way to get a power forward out of whatever deal they end up making if they do continue the pursuit for MKG.

Talk about Kidd-Gilchrist and Gasol with Lakers fans at Silver Screen and Roll.

Check out the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel and check if you'd want to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets Interested

With the early trade rumor from this morning that indicated that the Los Angeles Lakers might want to deal their power forward Pau Gasol, suitors have begun to emerge. One of them is the Atlanta Hawks, who have the perfect bargaining chip in the younger, athletic Josh Smith.

Smith on the Lakers would fit perfectly right next to Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant. Smith could play on the perimeter, he could crash the boards, he provides additional perimeter defense, and he can occassionally get into the post when Bynum comes out. Smith is a scarily good fit for Los Angeles if it happens.

They aren't the only ones. The Houston Rockets are making a second run at the Spaniard, and they'll have the draft picks to entice Los Angeles. Ken Berger of CBS has the report.

The Houston Rockets continued stockpiling first-round picks Wednesday in a bid to move into the top 10 of Thursday night's draft and enhance their chances of landing a superstar big man, league sources told CBSSports.com.

While Houston has not given up on making a play for Orlando center Dwight Howard, their swap of the 14th pick with Milwaukee for the 12th pick Wednesday gave them an arsenal of the 12th, 16th and 18th picks that could be used to finally consummate their longtime pursuit of Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

You might remember the Rockets engaged in a three-way deal involving the Lakers and the Hornets before the start of last season that placed Gasol in Houston, but the trade was axed by the NBA (who owned the Hornets) because they felt New Orleans got too little in return for Chris Paul. Houston is now hoping the second time is the charm.

I'm not sure how willing Bryant would be to wait for draft picks to develop though. The Smith deal might be the one he'd be more interested in pursuing.

Talk about Gasol, Smith, and more trade rumors with Lakers fans at Silver Screen and Roll.

Continue

Pau Gasol Rumors: Lakers Shopping Former All-Star, According To Report

According to a report from ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers are actively shopping big man Pau Gasol, checking in with a number of teams to guage their interest in the former All-Star.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers have been contacting teams in an effort to acquire a top-10 pick in Thursday's draft. The Lakers also are seeking an established player along with the pick if they're to part with Gasol.

A deal was not imminent as of Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the fact that Lakers brass has been saying that a 'major trade' was unlikely this offseason, Gasol's value may be best served as part of a trade to get a young gun in this year's draft. There would have to be quite a sweet deal for the Lakers to move a player like Pau for a draft pick deal.

For more on the Los Angeles Lakers offseason as well as the NBA Draft, make sure that you head over to Silver Screen and Roll as well as SB Nation Los Angeles.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

Pau Gasol Rumors: Deron Williams Sign-And-Trade Not Likely Between Lakers, Nets

Expect to hear the name of Pau Gasol spread around the NBA trade rumor block all summer. Even though the Lakers appear to be committed to retaining their core, if they were to change their lineup, it would probably be Gasol that gets jettisoned.

However, who could the Lakers deal for that would provide them equal value in return? Deron Williams? Marc Stein of ESPN explains why that scenario is unlikely.

Other teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, had been hoping to lodge their own bids for Williams once free agency begins, sources said. The Los Angeles Lakers, likewise have continued to express interest in a sign-and-trade package built around Pau Gasol for Williams, sources say, despite the Nets' longstanding insistence that they have no interest in Gasol and would only consider such a move if they were getting back All-Star center Andrew Bynum, whom the Lakers have not made available.

Williams has already indicated interest in several teams that don't include the Lakers though and he'd rare If he signed with Brooklyn, he could probably ask for a trade restriction in his next deal, so any potential move probably isn't in the cards.

Talk about Gasol with Lakers fans at Silver Screen and Roll. Discuss WIlliams with Nets fans over at Nets Daily.

Check out the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel below and see if you'd want to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Pau Gasol Rumors: Lakers PF Knows There's 'No Guarantee' He Won't Be Traded

Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss notedon Wednesday that the team will likely not be making any big trades this offseason, including for big man Pau Gasol. But when Gasol was asked about these remarks, he certainly took them with a grain of salt, knowing that the NBA is, after all, a business.

Gasol told Marca.com that something Buss says in June is far from a guarantee from being traded (translated from spanish).

"I'm happy about what Jim Buss said, but I don't think that's a guarantee [that I won't get traded]".

The Lake Show is trying to fill in their roster with the right pieces, which Buss believes includes Gasol. Buss mentioned that Pau needs more action in the paint, to which Gasol certainly agrees (once more, translated):

"I agree. I would like to play closer to the basket. There I'm more effective, I can play, pass the ball and make the right decisions."

Gasol is seen as a main cog of the Lakers equation, though could easily have a similar if not greater role on another NBA team. Despite what the front office says, Pau could be gome come next season. His pragmatic attitude will certainly do him well during these times of uncertainty.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers' offseason, make sure that you head over to Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles to get in on the action. For more on the NBA in general, check out SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

Rashard Lewis Rumors: Lakers Could Target Veteran Forward

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be committed to retaining their core if the latest comments from Jim Buss are any indicator. There appeared to be a distinct possibility that Los Angeles would try and deal either one of their big men in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

So that means the Lakers will probably have to look toward veterans. There are probably some players who'd love to suit up for the Lakers or at least try and join Kobe Bryant in the pursuit of another championship. One possibility is the recently-traded Rashard Lewis, who could soon be bought out by his new team, the New Orleans Hornets.

Lewis could potentially be signed for the veteran's minimum. It's unclear if he could be signed for the mid-level exception.

At only 32 years old, Lewis still should have some productive years left. Lewis could give Los Angeles some decent perimeter shooting (something they have missed in forever), particularly at the wing position. Lewis could be a solid backup for Metta World Peace and could give Los Angeles more versatility with their lineup. Lewis could play a stretch four with Bynum and Gasol and give Los Angeles a different look other than playing two bigs, which could make them far more dangerous offensively over time.

Talk about Lewis with Lakers fans over at Silver Screen and Roll.

Check out the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel below and see if you'd be willing to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Lakers Trade Rumors: Fans Should Not Expect Major Trades, According To Jim Buss

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss is not trying to make any 'major moves' this offseason, which more than likely includes keeping Pau Gasol in Purple and Gold as well.

What are the chances of the Lakers starting the season with Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol all in Lakers uniforms?

"Very good," says Buss.

So you don't agree with those who say the Lakers must turn Gasol into two or three players via a trade? "No," he says.

"I think changes are going to be made moving Pau lower to the basket. We can improve that way with a change in coaching strategy rather than a change in personnel."

No moves?

"We will try to sign Sessions when the rules allow beginning in July," he says. "And improve the bench." No major free-agent signings, no blockbuster trades?

"No," he says.

Well, Buss seems to be telling it like it is, but you never quite know what really is going on behind closed doors, and this could simply be lip service to get people off of his back. Obviously 'blowing up' the team is not a part of Buss's thinking at all, and doesn't seem to be in as much of a panic as those around him who feel the Lakers had a failed system last season. Going to be a fun summer for Buss and Co, that's for sure.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers make sure that you check out Silver Screen and Roll as well as SB Nation Los Angeles.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

2012 Lakers Offseason: Lakers Knew Ramon Sessions Could Opt-Out

According to tweets from the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding, the Los Angeles Lakers went into the trade for free-agent-to-be Ramon Sessions knowing that he could possibly opt-out of his deal and that they would be put in a position to give him more money and years if they were to retain him this summer.

Ding spoke with Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak and it looks like that is what the Lakers plan to do.

Sessions' struggles in the postseason have to be a cause for concern for the Lakers. As they sit back and watch Derek Fisher play for his sixth championship ring by doing the things that veteran guards like Fisher do, Sessions did the exact opposite in two rounds of the playoffs. Sessions shot only 37.7% from the field and saw his numbers drop across the board as his first playoff appearance turned into one he'd like to forget.

But Sessions' regular season was solid throughout so maybe he's worth a little more than his $4.55 million option.

Just a little more.

Check out more on Sessions and the Lakers' offseason at Silver Screen and Roll.

Continue

2012 Lakers Offseason: Ramon Sessions Will Not Exercise Player Option

According to a tweet from the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions will not exercise his player option to stay with the Lakers and will become a free agent.

Sessions came over in a trade deadline deal from the Cleveland Cavaliers and started 19 of 23 games for the Lakers. His speed and athleticism at the point guard position revitalized an aging offense that only had Kobe Bryant as someone who could create their own shot, leading many to place the Lakers back into the title conversation. He averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and shot close to 48% from the field during the regular season for the Lakers.

But then the playoffs came. He only shot 37.7% from the field and saw his numbers drop across the board (9.7 points, 3.6 assists) as it seemed like the limelight of his first playoff run got to him.

The Lakers wouldn't mind bringing him back but they won't break the bank to do so. It'll be interesting to see what the market ends up being for Sessions, who made a little over $4.2 million this season.

Check out more on Sessions and the Lakers' offseason at Silver Screen and Roll.

Continue

2012 Lakers Offseason: Assistant Coach Quin Snyder Is A Finalist For Head Coach Of The Charlotte Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats are looking for their next head coach and both a former Lakers assistant and a current one are in the running.

After interviewing the likes of Patrick Ewing and Nate McMillan, among others, the Bobcats have narrowed down their head coach candidates down to the three: Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

Sloan, of course, is a Hall of Famer and one of the best coaches of the past 25 years. He's also the only one with past head coaching experience. Meanwhile, Shaw and Snyder are both looking for their first gigs on the professional level. Snyder has head coached in the college ranks which should help his candidacy but Shaw has been one of the most sought after assistants in the league for a couple of years now.

Snyder would be leaving a Mike Brown staff that's only been in LA for a year to take over a team in need of guidance, leadership and patience. With such a young team, Snyder's ability to relate to players in that age range due to his college experience, could come into play.

Snyder will meet with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan within the next week or so.

Check out more on Snyder and the Lakers' offeseason at Silver Screen and Roll.

Continue

2012 NBA Free Agents: New York Knicks Could Use Matt Barnes

The Los Angeles Lakers have a bunch of free agents this offseason, none of whom are really high priority other than Ramon Sessions (neither Jordan Hill nor Troy Murphy are big-time players they must bring back to their team). If there's anyone the Lakers might consider retaining, it's swing man Matt Barnes, who has proven to be a strong defender and a solid perimeter threat. Unfortunately, his three point shot deserted him, making him offensively useless for most of the playoffs.

With the New York Knicks potentially in a similar state of flux, Barnes could be a useful player to provide a solid backup defender or attacker.

Check out what Lakers fans think about Barnes by going to Silver Screen and Roll. Talk to Barnes with Knicks fans over at Posting and Toasting.

Go to the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel below and see if you'd be willing to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Andrew Bynum Trade Rumors: Lakers Could Still Move All-Star Center

Picking up the player option of Andrew Bynum might seem like the right move for the Los Angeles Lakers. It'd be an excellent prelude for L.A. to try and keep their star center. It seems like the Lakers are taking their time on that front. Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles has more.

A source close to Bynum said that the All-Star center and the team have "not yet engaged" in any discussions about a long-term contract extension, but that Bynum's camp "anticipated" those talks to occur sometime this offseason.


It might also be a possible start to the machinations that will end up taking Bynum out of Los Angeles. It's unlikely, but considering how difficult it might be to move Pau Gasol, Bynum is another possibility at the position. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times has more.

Either way, Bynum remains one of the Lakers' two tradable assets.

They'd rather deal Pau Gasol, but his contract has two more years and $38 million left, heavy money for a player who averaged only 12.5 points in the playoffs and shot 43%.

You can see that the player option not only gives the Lakers options, but it does allow them to be more flexible when listening to deals. Having either Gasol or Bynum (or most radically, both!) involved in trade deals would give the Lakers a wide variety of packages they could consider for rebuilding the team to give Kobe Bryant his best possible shot at winning another championship.

Talk about Bynum, Gasol, and who the Lakers should deal this offseason, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.

Check out the SB Nation NBA YouTube channel below and see if you'd be willing to subscribe to the videos.

Continue

Andrew Bynum $16.1 Million Player Option Picked Up By Lakers

Andrew Bynum had his $16.1 million player option picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.