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Which NBA Teams Have The Most Dead Money? — Please enable Javascript to watch this video On Thursday, the Houston Rockets waived Virginia rookie forward Akil Mitchell. Mitchell will earn $150,000 for his participation in training camp and the preseason with the Rockets.

Magic Johnson suggests Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin should start — Jeremy Lin has been one of the Lakers' best players during the preseason, averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 assists through four games. Coming off the bench, Lin helped the Lakers overtake the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, 94-86, while scoring 13 points and dishing five assists.

Jeanie Buss calls free agents afraid to play with Kobe Bryant 'losers' — Jeanie Buss had a very clear take on players unwilling to join the Lakers because they fear Kobe Bryant. "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser," said Buss on Thursday to ESPN's "SportsCenter." "I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team."

NBA general managers rank Kobe Bryant as third-best shooting guard — Kobe Bryant is the third-best shooting guard in the league, according to a poll of general managers. The annual GM survey, released on Wednesday, lists James Harden of the Houston Rockets as the top guard, with 63% of the vote.

Ed Davis has hit nearly all of his shots for Lakers in preseason — The Lakers brought in 6-foot-10 forward/center Ed Davis this offseason on a two-year minimum contract worth $2.1 million (with a player option on the second season). Coming off the bench through four exhibition games, Davis has impressed -- hitting 15 shots from the field in 19 tries.

Lakers' Julius Randle can take hard knocks, wants to dish some out — The rookie had reasons to fall further into an exhibition-season abyss. His shot was way off, his turnovers were high and his coach kept saying he "looked lost" on the court while wondering aloud about his physical conditioning.

Julius Randle excited, not frustrated despite slow preseason start — Rookie power forward Julius Randle gave arguably his best performance of the preseason on Sunday, helping the Lakers rally back from a 22-point deficit against the Utah Jazz while scoring eight points with five rebounds in just over 20 minutes. "I thought Julius came in and played great in the second half," said Coach Byron Scott after the 98-81 victory.

Lakers' week in review — The Lakers split a pair of preseason games against the Utah Jazz while trying to get healthy before the team's Oct. 28 regular season opener against the Houston Rockets. After badly losing two straight to the Golden State Warriors last week, the Lakers looked overwhelmed.

Xavier Henry headed to New York, Germany to have knee treated — Lakers guard/forward Xavier Henry has struggled to recover from a December knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season. According to the team, Henry will travel to New York City to have Dr. Keith Pyne examine and give a second opinion on Henry's right knee.

Ryan Kelly to the rescue? Lakers forward hopes to play vs. Utah Jazz — The Lakers have looked especially punchless over their last three exhibition games, losing on Sunday to the Utah Jazz, 119-86. Injuries have been a significant issue, with Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Nick Young (thumb), Jeremy Lin (ankle), Steve Nash (back), Jordan Clarkson (calf) and Xavier Henry (back) all sidelined.
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Oct 24, 2014

San Antonio Spurs waived Josh Davis and Bryce Cotton - Cotton making $50k, Davis $20k @BBallInsiders…

Oct 24, 2014

@GeoffsLA i do think Ray comes back at some point - maybe JO too

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