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Caught in the Web: Lakers' off-season movement continues

July 3, 2010 |  8:42 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report details on the Lakers' acquisition of former Clipper guard Steve Blake, negotiations with Derek Fisher and that the Lakers hadn't offered free agent swingman Mike Miller a five-year contract.

-- Readers have mixed feelings about Phil Jackson's return.

-- NBA.com's David Aldridge also reports the Lakers are denying reports that they made a five-year offer to Miller.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on the Mitch Kupchak's contention that he always thought Jackson would return.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Jackson wants the Lakers to completely dominate his last season.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues the Lakers are favorites to win the title.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin breaks down what Blake's signing with the Lakers means to the team.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper outlines the different teams Fisher can pursue.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky outlines how the Lakers have the "gift of normalcy."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why Kupchak feels good about the free agency period.

-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes Jackson's return significantly bolsters the Lakers' title chances and their shot at landing quality free agents.

-- Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw shares his experience interviewing for the Cleveland job with 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford talks to a source who said the Lakers hadn't made an offer to Fisher yet, which consisted of a one-year, $2.5-million deal.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne looks at how Fisher is fielding different inquiries.

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan details Blake's joining the Lakers.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down the Lakers' off-season movement.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Josh Tucker likes the Blake deal.

Tweet of the Day: "Steve Blake could've signed for more money elsewhere, but wisely chases ring with Lakers at 4 years for $16 million. Shrewd signing for L.A." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

Reader Comment of the Day: "What jumps out at me as I watch the circus known as the 2011 Free Agent Signing Period finally begin is how the entire pro basketball world has quietly come to the conclusion that the only way to beat Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers is with another Big 3 Fantasy team ala the Celtics. That’s why the top tier free agents are trying to package themselves to create a super team capable of upending the Lakers. It’s like LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are admitting that they may need each other if they have any hopes of competing at the Lakers level, especially with the hoopla of Phil’s last stand" -- LakerTom

--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 guard Derek Fisher could leave the team if he does not get a multiyear offer. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images.


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