Lakers expected to shift focus to 2019 Free Agency

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The Lakers aren't abandoning a summer pursuit of stars, but rather they are recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Golden State's Klay Thompson and Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.

On Saturday in Toronto, the Los Angeles Lakers clarified that Lonzo Ball's sore knee was technically a minor MCL sprain, which typically has a recovery time table of 1-3 weeks. For almost a year, the new Lakers front office, led by president Magic Johnson, has been gearing up for the loaded 2018 NBA Free Agency class which will be headlined by LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.

By the time coach Luke Walton entered the locker room at halftime, his Lakers players were already talking about how to defend better over the next 24 minutes.

Casino mogul Wynn resigns amid sex misconduct claims
The stock climbed $14.85, or 9.1%, to $178.02 in pre-market trading Wednesday after declining 1.4% on the previous day. Shares in Wynn Resorts , worth around $17 billion, have tumbled almost 20 percent since the Journal report on Jan 26.

The Los Angeles Lakers are embracing the long game idea towards returning to greatness.

Of course, this news is a bit surprising because of how much of the recent efforts for the team have been speculated to be to lure James. Making that happen, however, could prove to be hard.

James also has no interest in waiving his no-trade clause to leave Cleveland before the season is over, Yahoo's Shams Charania reports. That doesn't mean James is headed to the Lakers, who don't appear anywhere close to contending for a championship. The Houston Rockets seem to be an increasingly likely destination, given that they acquired James' friend Chris Paul in the offseason and are now the biggest threat to the Warriors. Brandon Ingram finished as the team's leading scorer with 26 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds to give the Lakers their seventh straight home victory. It's been speculated that George would be the other star to join James in Los Angeles, though that's far from a guarantee.

Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Accomplice Flag Killed In New Orleans
But Moye, who also went by the last name d'Baha, had spent years fighting for racial equality as an activist and protester. As of Wednesday morning, the family's GoFundMe page had raised more than $14,600, well above an original goal of $7,500.

Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. The New Orleans Pelicans will try to re-sign the center and keep their frontcourt of Cousins and Anthony Davis together. That changed just before the season began when the point guard signed a contract extension to stay in Oklahoma City.

Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, lower left, of Croatia, reaches for a rebound along with Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, top, and forward Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. They are in the midst of their worst stretch in franchise history, failing to win more than 27 games in any season since then.

Google reportedly working on video game streaming service called 'Yeti'
According to a new report from The Information , Google's been working on a project called " Yeti " for over two years. Providing Google does end up building a console, it won't directly compete with the likes of the PS4 or the Xbox One.

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