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L.A. D-Fenders hire Casey Owens as head coach

The Los Angeles D-Fenders hired a new coach Tuesday, naming Casey Owens to direct the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate.

Owens, who has coached in China and Venezuela, previously was an assistant with the D-Fenders through the 2013-14 season.

That 2013-14 team, coached by Bob MacKinnon, finished with a 31-19 record and was the second overall seed in the D-League playoffs.

"I want to thank [General...

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Easy decision for Lakers: Jordan Clarkson's contract to guarantee Saturday

The Lakers face one of their easiest decisions of the summer on Saturday, the deadline to cut second-year guard Jordan Clarkson.

Clarkson, selected 46th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, is under contract for the 2015-16 season, but for a non-guaranteed $845,059.

According to the terms of his contract, Clarkson's contract locks in for the year, provided the Lakers do not waive him on or by Aug. 1.

Naturally,...

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Lakers in review: Summer league struggle, veteran additions introduced

The Lakers sent nearly half of the team's roster for the 2015-16 season to Las Vegas, to play in the NBA's summer league.

While the squad featured rookie D'Angelo Russell, and second-year player Julius Randle (who lost almost his entire first season because of a broken leg on opening night), the Lakers were not impressive at summer league.

The young players didn't especially stand out, though many...

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Mitch Kupchak says Lakers have needs but are running out of roster slots

On Wednesday, the Lakers introduced three recent acquisitions, defensive-minded center Roy Hibbert, scoring guard Lou Williams and power forward Brandon Bass.

"Not only can those veteran players hopefully contribute, but they have solid character, and they can be mentors for our young players," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "We're going to do our best to win as many games as possible. It's very,...

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Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen talk epic smack in Lakers vs. Bulls battle
Lakers' Julius Randle frustrated by limited court time in Las Vegas

Lakers forward Julius Randle couldn't hide his disappointment with the results of his second summer league with the team.

"It's just frustrating," he said. "It's frustrating."

Answer to the next question in the media scrum?

"It's frustrating," Randle mumbled.

Five times he used the same word, summing up his young NBA career.

On opening night of the 2014-15 regular season, Randle broke his right tibia,...

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