NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers, Lou Williams and Latest Hot Topics

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

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With a wild first week of NBA free agency coming to a close, the anticipation of the upcoming signing day (July 11) has many players left on the market feeling the strain of getting hitched up with a team.

The rumor hot stove is burning and the chatter centers around the Los Angeles Lakers making more deals, Lou Williams possibly signing in Phoenix and Ray Allen agreeing to terms with the Miami Heat.

In what has become one of the most turbulent offseasons in recent memory—minus that whole "Decision" thing—there is still so much more that has yet to officially happen. The action is far from over.


The Los Angeles Lakers Aren’t Done Yet

The Los Angeles Lakers made one of the biggest offseason moves by acquiring veteran point guard Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Now that he has a backcourt partner that can finally help him out, perennial All-Star Kobe Bryant wants even more.

Bryant told ESPN LA why he expects more to happen:

I don’t know if they’re done. I don’t think they’re done. They’ve obviously had a track record of things that have proven to be beyond what other teams in the league can do. The moves that they make, they just seem to come out of nowhere. Steve Nash, that just kind of came out of nowhere. Pau Gasol, that just came out of nowhere. That’s just kind of been our M.O.

Los Angeles is in a tough financial spot, but there are ways to trade contracts and make the financials work.

While there are many targets, the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been completely written out of the Dwight Howard saga yet.


Lou Williams to Phoenix Suns?

With the Philadelphia 76ers passing on re-signing shooting guard Lou Williams, the team has chosen to go in another direction with Nick Young. As for Williams, he may be heading to the desert.

Sports Illustrated’s NBA national reporter Sam Amick is reporting on Twitter about the Phoenix Suns’ backup plan if Eric Gordon stays in New Orleans:

When New Orleans matches Phoenix's max offer for Eric Gordon, don't be surprised if Suns set their sights on free agent G Lou Williams.

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 6, 2012

The Sixers were foolish to pass so quickly on Williams knowing how talented he can be; don’t forget that Williams led Philadelphia in scoring last year off the bench.

If the Hornets match Gordon’s offer from Phoenix, the Suns will find a very good backup option in Williams. The former Sixer will find a starting job he so desperately deserves.


Ray Allen Signing with Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics now have another reason to hate the Miami Heat, as the NBA champions have agreed to a deal with free agent shooting guard Ray Allen, according to his agent Jim Tanner (via

After the shock wears off, the idea that the long-time Celtic will now be playing against his former team wearing a Heat jersey is a wild thought.

Boston fans must be fuming mad.

The writing was on the wall when the Celtics agreed to a deal with former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry. Allen fits in terms of what he would add to the team at shooting guard, but it’ll be very odd to see him in Heat gear.


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