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1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers Transactions

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Record: 56-26, Finished 2nd in NBA Pacific Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Del Harris (56-26)

PTS/G: 100.0 (8th of 29) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 95.7 (12th of 29)
SRS: 3.66 (8th of 29) ▪ Pace: 91.1 (10th of 29)
Off Rtg: 108.3 (9th of 29) ▪ Def Rtg: 103.7 (8th of 29)
Expected W-L: 53-29 (8th of 29)

Arena: Great Western Forum ▪ Attendance: 697,159 (15th of 29)

NBA 1997 Playoffs:
Lost NBA Western Conference Semifinals (4-1) versus Utah Jazz  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Conference First Round (3-1) versus Portland Trail Blazers  (Series Stats)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997.
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July 11, 1996

Traded Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for Kobe Bryant.

July 16, 1996

Signed Sean Rooks as a free agent.

Traded George Lynch, Anthony Peeler, a 1998 2nd round draft pick (J.R. Henderson was later selected) and a 1999 2nd round draft pick (Antwain Smith was later selected) to the Vancouver Grizzlies for a 1998 2nd round draft pick (Ruben Patterson was later selected) and a 1999 2nd round draft pick (John Celestand was later selected).

July 17, 1996

Released Sedale Threatt.

Released Fred Roberts.

Released Derek Strong.

July 18, 1996

Signed Shaquille O'Neal as a free agent.

July 31, 1996

Signed Travis Knight as a free agent.

August 9, 1996

Signed Rumeal Robinson as a free agent.

August 12, 1996

Signed Jerome Kersey as a free agent.

August 15, 1996

Signed Trevor Wilson as a free agent.

September 11, 1996

Signed Juaquin Hawkins as a free agent.

September 30, 1996

Signed Byron Scott as a free agent.

January 10, 1997

Traded Cedric Ceballos and Rumeal Robinson to the Phoenix Suns for Robert Horry and Joe Kleine.

February 20, 1997

Traded Joe Kleine, a 1997 1st round draft pick (Anthony Parker was later selected) and a future 2nd round draft pick to the New Jersey Nets for George McCloud. The future 2nd round draft pick traded to New Jersey was conditional and was not exercised.

February 24, 1997

Signed Larry Krystkowiak to the first of two 10-day contracts.

June 25, 1997

Drafted Paul Rogers in the 2nd round (53rd pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Drafted DeJuan Wheat in the 2nd round (51st pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.