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Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball throws down a dunk during a late-night workout and celebrates with some signature moves.

Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball for Michigan State, and the plaintiff played football at MSU.

Jermaine Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, filed suit July 25 in response to an altercation in July 2016 that culminated in Green allegedly striking Edmondson in the face at a restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan.

Johnson is being asked to appear because of a tweet he posted after the incident, in which he indicated he'd had a conversation with Green and that Green was very apologetic.

The subpoena asks that Johnson testify Oct. 4 at the Lakers' practice facility in Los Angeles. The documents indicated Johnson has agreed to appear.

Green, who was arrested for allegedly slapping Edmondson and faced a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail, reached a plea deal that reduced the charges to a noise violation and a civil infraction, which carried a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution.


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The Lakers agreed to sign center Andrew Bogut to a reported one-year, minimum contract. NBA Inside Kevin Pelton breaks down the move here.

The fit for Bogut with the Lakers is a bit perplexing to me. L.A. already had three centers on the roster, having dealt for Brook Lopez and drafted Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant in the second round the past two years. Moreover, the Lakers will want to play Julius Randle and Larry Nance together in smaller frontcourts on a regular basis. Such lineups played 409 minutes last season, per NBA.com/Stats, despite Nance missing 19 games due to injury.

So where will Luke Walton find playing time for Bogut, who started for him when Walton filled in for Steve Kerr as head coach with the Golden State Warriors? Presumably, the youngsters will take a back seat, which is disappointing given they have the chance to be part of the Lakers' long-term future. If the Lakers use their cap space next summer to sign two perimeter players, they'll have to renounce Lopez to clear room and will have only their midlevel exception (estimated $4.5 million) to spend more than the veteran's minimum on a replacement. One of Zubac or Bryant will likely need to play a rotation role.


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Free-agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to agent David Bauman.

The deal is for a veterans minimum of $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter. Sources told ESPN the deal is not fully guaranteed.

Bogut suffered a broken leg during his Cleveland Cavaliers debut in February and missed the rest of the season.

He had earlier reached a buyout agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers, then had several contenders vying for his talents -- a 7-foot rim protector with playmaking abilities.

He ultimately chose the Cavaliers, but his stint there ended just 58 seconds into his debut. Bogut collided with the Miami Heat's Okaro White and suffered a fractured left tibia.

At the time, the Cavs said Bogut would not have surgery but would instead undergo "an extended period of immobilization and healing stimulation."

Bogut, 32, holds career averages of 10.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across parts of 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.


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Here's our team-by-team analysis of the major and minor personnel moves from mid-September.

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Despite a flood of new national television cash, 14 of the NBA's 30 teams lost money last season before collecting revenue-sharing payouts, and nine finished in the red even after accounting for those payments, according to confidential NBA financial records obtained by ESPN.com.

The gap between the league's most profitable teams and its weaker siblings will be addressed at the league's Board of Governors meeting on Sept. 27-28 in New York. Owners have planned a half-day review of the league's revenue-sharing system, sources said.

Some teams in smaller markets struggling to keep up with a fast-rising salary cap have pushed the league's richest franchises to share more of their profits, according to ownership sources. Some have argued that the expanding profitability gap could warp competitive balance: If big-market teams can earn fat profits even while paying the luxury tax, they could in theory hoard more stars.


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Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant goes into Mamba mode and gets her shot off while playing one-on-one with her dad.

Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsWhen New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek starts training camp at the end of September, will Carmelo Anthony be there?

This week's mailbag features your questions on the ranking of Carmelo Anthony, bad position groups on playoff teams, and more.

You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com.


I do. First off, let's be clear that we're not talking the prime Carmelo Anthony that was a deserving All-Star and finished with a better ranking in previous editions of #NBArank.

Let's take a look at the two primary components of scoring -- efficiency and volume -- graphically over Anthony's career with the Knicks (starting in 2011-12, his first full season in New York).

Oddly, Anthony's share of the Knicks' offense has moved downward almost in lockstep with his efficiency (measured here by true shooting percentage plus, or TS+, Anthony's true shooting relative to league average). In 2012-13, when New York won 54 games, Anthony led the league in usage rate while still scoring at above-average efficiency. By last season, despite playing a smaller role in the Knicks' offense, Anthony still scored with the worst relative efficiency of his NBA career.

Here are the players with the most similar seasons to Anthony's 2016-17 in terms of usage and TS+:


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Check out Lakers' new alternate uniforms

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Set to take over as the NBA's official apparel provider this season, Nike revealed every team's new alternate uniform designs on Friday. Here's what the Lakers' gear looks like: 

The team has not yet announced when, or how often, it will wear the new alternate uniforms.


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Max Kellerman says LeBron James is going to the Lakers next summer now that they have Magic Johnson and cap space for two max deals

As if there weren't already enough rumors swirling around LeBron James and the city of Los Angeles, we have some more information to add.

LeBron and his wife, Savannah, were spotted on Tuesday touring Notre Dame High School, an elite Los Angeles private school. The couple has three children, including soon-to-be 13-year-old LeBron Jr. 

Let the ooos begin.

But don't get too excited -- it was just for a workout.

According to TMZ, LeBron surprised the basketball team at Notre Dame High School and hit the gym for a training session while his wife checked out the campus.

The possibility of James heading to Los Angeles is not out of the question, but this visit is hardly evidence that he'll make the jump after this season, when he could become a free agent. Still, it's hard not to let your mind wander to James in Purple and Gold.

-- Courtney Schellin


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Ellen to LaVar: Skip meals and maybe you can afford Lonzo's shoes

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If you want a pair of Lonzo Ball's high-priced shoes, you might want to skip a meal or two to save money, Ellen DeGeneres joked when the Los Angeles Lakers star and his father, LaVar Ball, were on her show Thursday.

LaVar, who says, "You're not a Big Baller," if you can't afford his son's $495 ZO2s, said people need determination and discipline to come up with the cash to purchase a pair of ZO2s.

"You gotta go work for that shoe," LaVar told DeGeneres.

"Or not eat that day," she replied.

Then, LaVar said people can "collect bottles for a year or two to get the shoe."

DeGeneres laughed.

She also ran through LaVar's extravagant statements about beating Michael Jordan in one-on-one and claiming his eldest son is better than Steph Curry. DeGeneres ended the show by giving Lonzo a giant painting that shows her dunking over the NBA rookie.

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Ramona Shelburne and Stephen Jackson are split on how to rank the Lakers' best duo.

Lakers in Westbrook's future?

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Ramona Shelburne says that if Russell Westbrook doesn't sign his $207 million extension, the Lakers would be the most likely landing spot.

LaVar Ball predicts the future

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LaVar Ball has high hopes for the Lakers next season, and a bit of advice for Steph Curry.

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Jordan Clarkson
PTS AST STL MIN
14.7 2.6 1.1 29.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.6
AssistsJ. Randle 3.6
StealsL. Nance Jr. 1.3
BlocksI. Zubac 0.9