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Lakers roster remains in flux

December 17, 2011 | 12:01 pm

Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports recently waived guard Baron Davis would love to join the Lakers. It remains unclear if the Lakers feel the same way, particularly because of his bad back.

-- The Times' Ben Bolch explains how teams can acquire players through trade exceptions and amnesty clauses.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why Lakers Coach Mike Brown needs to improve on defense.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky sizes up all the Lakers' newcomers. 

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins believes the Clippers will emerge from the Lakers' shadow. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how Devin Ebanks has an increased opportunity because of Lamar Odom's departure. 

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Friday's scrimmage was a mixed bag.

--'s Mike Trudell provides a running diary of Friday's scrimmage. 

-- Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard compares and contrasts the post game under Brown and Phil Jackson. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders if the Lakers can play better despite having a worse roster than last season's. 

-- BlogNBAsketball's Martin Knezevic wonders how the Lakers will respond to the pressure. 

Tweet of the Day: "Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Lakers, league source tells Y! Sports." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Everyone is saying the Lakers are weaker this year. I will always consider P. Jackson and Lamar part of a Golden Era of Lakersdom. But people got lost in the triangle; it became an excuse for lazily not coordinating. We need to develop new talent. IMHO Coach Brown is the big move we've been waiting for." -- John Kenneth Press

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, and point guard Kobe Bryant performed well in a team scrimmage on Friday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times