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Lakers sign free-agent shooting guard Wayne Ellington

The Lakers added 26-year-old shooting guard Wayne Ellington to their roster on Monday.

Drafted in 2009 with the 28th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ellington has already been traded four times during his five years in the NBA, including twice this summer -- from the Dallas Mavericks to the New York Knicks, then by the Knicks to the Sacramento Kings.

Sacramento chose to stretch out Ellington's remaining $2.8-million salary over the next three seasons, making him a free agent earlier this month.

The Lakers did not release terms of Ellington's contract, but they will pay him a veteran's minimum contract, starting at $1.1 million.

Last season, Ellington signed with the Mavericks and averaged 3.2 points a game while shooting a strong 42.4% from three-point range.

Ellington, who played at North Carolina, may have the chance to fill the spot vacated by Jodie Meeks, who left for a three-year, $18.8-million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

The Lakers' roster increases to 14, one...

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DeAngelo Hall seeks advice from Kobe Bryant on torn Achilles' tendon

After Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles' tendon in April of 2013, he reached out to soccer star David Beckham for advice.

Beckham suffered a similar injury in 2010, but was able to play again after a scant five months.

Now Bryant is paying it forward, advising Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who ruptured his Achilles' on Sunday in a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"He was probably the most notable guy that I remember having an Achilles' injury and coming back," Hall said to CBSDC.  "He said the same thing our trainer [did].  Just be patient with it. It's going to feel like you can push. It's going to feel like you can do some things. But the best thing for that is to not do anything. Be as patient as possible."

Bryant sat out from April to December and six games into his return sustained a knee fracture that cost him the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Hall will miss the remainder of the year.

“I’m not a spring chicken, so I've got to make sure I get [surgery]...

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Lakers' week in review

The Lakers open training camp training camp in a week, after a relatively quiet September.

The team officially chose not to stretch out the contract of 40-year old Steve Nash, and Coach Byron Scott announced his staff, including Mark Madsen, Paul Pressey and Jim Eyen.

The Lakers were briefly linked to free-agent center Ryan Hollins, but the former UCLA Bruin signed with the Sacramento Kings.

A number of former Lakers have signed on with other teams, including Earl Clark with the Memphis Grizzlies. Darius Morris is hoping to latch on with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Former all-star Tracy McGrady may be mulling a comeback. He reportedly worked out with Kobe Bryant. Meanwhile, Bryant has been linked to the potential sale of Italian soccer club Bologna FC 1909.

New Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin pretended to be his wax likeness at Madame Tussauds, pranking guests at the attraction in San Francisco.

Ex-Laker Dwight Howard had his driver's license suspended after multiple citations in...

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Kobe Bryant linked to potential sale of Italian soccer club

Kobe Bryant has been linked to a group attempting to purchase the Italian soccer team Bologna FC 1909.

According to La Gazzetta, attorney Joe Tacopina is trying to put together an ownership team featuring the Lakers All-Star guard, along with Montreal Impact (MLS) owner Joey Saputo.

Bologna's largest shareholder, Albano Guaraldi, is reportedly looking to sell the franchise, which has struggled in recent years.

Tacopina and Guaraldi are expected to meet next week.

Bryant became an avid soccer fan when he lived in Italy as a youth while his father Joe "Jellybean" Bryant played basketball overseas. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Bryant negotiated with Virtus Bologna, considering a $3 million offer for 40 days in the Italian League.

The Lakers guard might retire after he completes the final two years on his contract. Bryant has already started pursuing his entrepreneurial interests -- forming Kobe Inc. and purchasing a stake in sports drink BodyArmor.

Perhaps Bryant will add Bologna to his...

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Time change for Lakers' Jan. 19 visit to Phoenix Suns

On Friday, the NBA announced a time change for the Lakers' visit to the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 19.

The nationally televised game (TNT) will start 30 minutes earlier, at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. locally) instead of the originally scheduled 7:30 p.m.

Despite coming off their worst season since moving to Los Angeles (27-55), the Lakers are featured on national television a total of 28 times (ABC, ESPN, NBATV and TNT).

The franchise will open training camp with media day on Sep. 29, playing their first preseason game on Oct. 6 in San Diego (Valley View Casino Center) against the Denver Nuggets.

The 2014-15 regular season starts on Oct. 28 at Staples Center when the Lakers host Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets.

The team has yet to announce its training camp roster, which could grow as high as 20.  The Lakers have 13 players under contract including newcomers Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Ed Davis.

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Dwight Howard gets driver's license suspended after multiple citations

Former Lakers center Dwight Howard is facing minor legal trouble.

After running a red light in July, according to TMZ.com, Howard's driver's license has been suspended in the state of Florida.

Howard had nine such infractions in 10 months in 2012 -- the recent 10th triggering the suspension.

According to Reuters, Howard also has four speeding tickets on his record, 12 citations for non-paid highway tolls. The Houston Rockets center also was cited for not changing the address on his license.

Howard, who signed with Houston last summer for $88 million, should have little trouble getting his license reinstated -- as the $285 fine should be well within his means.

After beginning his career by playing eight seasons in Orlando with the Magic, Howard may not be the most popular figure in the state -- leaving the team in an off-season trade to the Lakers after a contentious relationship with the front office and former head coach Stan Van Gundy.

While playing through the 2012-13 season with...

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Memphis Grizzlies invite former Lakers forward Earl Clark to camp

On Monday, former Lakers forward Earl Clark signed a nonguaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but he'll have to outplay two others competing for one roster spot -- assuming the Grizzlies take 15 players to the regular season.

After a breakout season with the Lakers in 2012-13, Clark signed a two-year, $9-million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers but the Cavs soon after dealt him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Spencer Hawes, who in turn cut him loose (before his second season became fully guaranteed).

Clark is one of many former Lakers around the league.

Pau Gasol left as a free agent to join the Chicago Bulls.  Marc Gasol, who was originally drafted by the Lakers and was sent to the Grizzlies in 2008 in exchange for his brother, has blossomed in Memphis.

Jodie Meeks left for the Detroit Pistons on a three-year, $18.8-million contract where he'll play with Caron Butler.  Kent Bazemore took a two-year, $4-million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Jordan Farmar switched locker rooms,...

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Lakers announce Byron Scott's coaching staff

The Lakers announced Coach Byron Scott's support staff Tuesday.

Mark Madsen, who worked as a player development coach for the team last season, has been promoted to a full-fledged assistant.  Also on Scott's bench will be Jim Eyen, who was formerly with the team under coaches Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy.

Scott has also added Paul Pressey as an assistant. Pressey worked with Scott both with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).

Larry Lewis, who partnered with Madsen last year as player development coach, was named assistant coach/director of player development.  Thomas Scott, formerly with the D-Fenders and son of Byron  Scott, was also named assistant coach/player development.

Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach) and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development) will all return, as part of Scott's staff.

“I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique...

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Lakers' training camp less than two weeks away

In less than two weeks, the Lakers will reconvene for training camp.

On Sept. 29, the franchise is scheduled to host media day at its practice facility in El Segundo.

The Lakers are then to host the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 6 at the Valley View Casino Center for the team's first preseason game.

Coming off their worst record since moving to Los Angeles (27-55), the Lakers expect to rebound in the 2014-15 season, starting on Oct. 28 at home against the Houston Rockets.

First, the Lakers are set to play eight exhibition games, including two at Staples Center (Oct. 9 vs. the Golden State Warriors and Oct. 19 vs. the Utah Jazz).

The team is also scheduled to visit Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena (Oct. 12 vs. the Warriors and Oct. 22 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers) and Anaheim's Honda Center (Oct. 16 vs. the Jazz and Oct. 21 vs. the Phoenix Suns).

The Lakers are set to close out the preseason on Oct. 24 in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against the Sacramento Kings.

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Lakers linked to center Ryan Hollins, other free agents

The Lakers have considered adding on Ryan Hollins -- according to the free agent center, who visited the "Bottom Line Sports Show" over the weekend.

As tweeted by Sirius/XM NBA Radio, Hollins said, "he's been in talks with the [Miami] Heat, [Sacramento] Kings, [Chicago] Bulls, Lakers, [and San Antonio] Spurs, among others."

The 7-footer, who played for the UCLA Bruins, spent the last two season with the Clippers. He's also played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). The Bobcats originally selected him with the 50th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft.

Over the course of his eight-year career, Hollins has averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds a game.

Jordan Hill projects to start at center for the team this season, backed up by Robert Sacre and Ed Davis.  Power forward Carlos Boozer may also get time at the five

In August, the Lakers reportedly worked out big men Greg Stiemsma, Daniel Orton and Dexter...

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Jeremy Lin pranks at Madame Tussauds, pretends to be wax likeness

Jeremy Lin chose to have some fun with patrons at Madame Tussauds on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

The veteran point guard recent dressed in his Lakers uniform, pretending to be a wax statue -- surprising spectators as they approached to take a photograph.

Lin managed to fool his uncle, but his mother seemed skeptical -- giving her son a quick poke and then a slap on his shoulder.

Other guests were completely taken off guard once the motionless Lin came to life.

Lin's likeness was unveiled Aug. 14, joining Madame Tussauds' collection of celebrities, athletes and politicians.  The San Francisco branch also features local icons such as Lin, who is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

The Lakers acquired Lin from the Houston Rockets in a July trade.  He may start for the team this season, or come off the bench behind 40-year-old Steve Nash.

The 26-year old guard averaged 12.5 points a game for the Rockets last season, shooting career highs from the...

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D-Fenders announce 2014-15 D-League schedule

While the Lakers open the 2014-15 regular season on Oct. 28 at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets, the team's NBA Development League affiliate won't start its campaign until Nov. 14.

The D-Fenders visit the Santa Cruz Warriors, playing the team that knocked them out of the 2014 playoffs in a two-game sweep.  The Warriors ultimately advanced to the D-League finals, falling to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (also in a sweep).

Phil Hubbard has taken over as head coach of the D-Fenders, replacing Bob MacKinnon, who led the team to a 31-19 record and a top seeding in the Western Division.

The D-Fenders will play 24 games at home at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, starting with the Texas Legends on Nov. 15.

For its 14th season, the D-League will be broken into two conferences (East and West), with four divisions (West, Atlanta, Central and Southwest).  The league has 18 franchises, with 17 of them paired with NBA parent clubs -- the Mad Ants are the lone independent.

The...

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