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Caught in the Web: Lakers' off-season heating up

June 30, 2010 |  8:00 am


Just a programming note: We will be having a chat at 1:30 p.m. today to talk about all things free agency. See you then!

Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that the Lakers are considering offering Jordan Farmar a one-year, $3-million contract in order to avoid losing him as an unrestricted free agent. The report also quotes a source familiar with the thinking of the Lakers' front office who says the Andrew Bynum trade rumors are "ridiculous."

--The Times' Mark Heisler muses over all the hoopla regarding LeBron James' free agency.

--The Times' Chris Erskine manages to track down Ron Artest's psychologist.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the free agent options at forward and center, and which players would be a good fit for the Lakers.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby makes fun of Pau Gasol's singing, pitching and post-game celebrations.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne talks to a team source who says money has nothing to do with Phil Jackson's uncertainty on whether he'll come back to coach.'s Sekou Smith argues that if Brian Shaw coaches Cleveland, the move would improve the Cavaliers' chances in keeping James.

--The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst reports that talks between Cleveland and Shaw ended without him being offered a contract.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken breaks down the high volume of fouls in the Lakers-Celtics series.

Tweet of the Day:"I played the second quarter in game seven with a weggie. Super uncomfortable" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day:"I really hope Pj returns. It makes this championship bitter sweet if he leaves." -- Charles

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson's coaching future with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will likely be decided this week. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.