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Caught in the Web: Lakers' free agency stories

July 1, 2010 |  9:00 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report the Lakers and Derek Fisher didn't agree to terms Wednesday, Shannon Brown opted out of his contract, the team didn't tender a qualifying offer to Jordan Farmar and Brian Shaw withdrew his name from consideration for the Cleveland coaching job.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick reports former Laker Byron Scott has agreed to terms with the Cavaliers to become their head coach.

--ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson e-mailed team spokesman John Black that he plans to tell the team his plans by Friday.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr believes Brown wants to gauge his value in the market.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky preview free agency in podcast format.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby compares Kobe Bryant's right index finger to that of an 83-year-old.

--Laker Noise's Roland Lazenby takes owner Jerry Buss to task for not offering Jackson more money.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights the Lakers' decision not to tender an offer to Farmar.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus reports Phil Jackson may need off-season surgery on his knee.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith reports the Raptors are discussing a sign-and-trade package with the Lakers that would send Chris Bosh to L.A. for either Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the Lakers' backcourt serves as the team's most pressing concern during free agency. Teaford also focuses on Brown's decision to opt out of his contract.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains how Fisher has managed to play 413 consecutive games over the past six seasons.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius tackles the Lakers' free agent questions.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark reviews the 2009-2010 season.

--Shaw tells KCAL-9's Jim Hill below why he withdrew his name from the Cleveland job.

Tweet of the Day: "After 3 years of buildup, anything short of the world spinning off axis at 12:00 seems disappointing. Y2K 2.0" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky).

Reader Comment of the Day:"I don't see any major moves by the Lakers. There's always such speculation before FA signing time but rarely is there anything huge that transpires anywhere much less on a team that won back to back titles with no one in the main rotation retiring or leaving via free agency." -- rdlee

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers point guard Derek Fisher has become the team's first priority in the free-agent market. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.


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