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Ryan Kelly | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/9/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 230
College: Duke

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The Lakers officially re-signed Ryan Kelly to a two-year deal on Monday.
"[Kelly] did everything we asked of him as a rookie and showed great promise and potential," said GM Mitch Kupchak. Kelly had some nice stretches for the Lakers last season, but with Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle, and Ed Davis all in town, it will be very difficult for Kelly to crack the rotation. Owners can safely ignore Kelly on draft day. Jul 21 - 6:04 PM

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The Lakers will re-sign Ryan Kelly.

It's expected to be a two-year deal and it's likely at the veteran minimum because it wouldn't affect the salary cap. The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall's contract and they may have a tough time getting him back. They likely did this so they can bid on Carlos Boozer, who would be a strange fit on the Lakers. Kelly is likely going to start the season out of the rotation.
Jul 19 - 9:23 AM

The Jazz have interest in restricted free agent Ryan Kelly.

There are always some curious players to pop up early in free agency and Kelly is one of them. The Jazz would be one of a handful of teams who would put Kelly in their rotation considering their lack of depth up front and how they could use a guy to stretch the floor. He's unlikely to get a deal early on unless it's below his market value.
Jul 1 - 10:06 AM

Ryan Kelly will become a restricted free agent after receiving a $1 million qualifying offer from the Lakers.

L.A. declined to give Kent Bazemore a $1.1 million qualifying offer but they'll retain the right to match all bids for Kelly, who averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 blocks in 25 minutes per game after the All-Star break as a rookie. He also made 0.9 threes per game, but it's his defensive stats which are truly eye-catching from a fantasy perspective.
Source: L.A. Times
Jun 30 - 1:05 AM

Ryan Kelly said he still thinks he can thrive outside of coach Mike D'Antoni's system.

Perhaps no player takes a bigger hit than Kelly on paper with D'Antoni resigning this week."I think I can play in multiple styles of offenses," Kelly said. "Obviously Coach D’Antoni’s is more spread out and that’s what I’m going to be, more of a stretch four. But I showed the ability to handle the ball and put the ball on the floor." Even if Kelly does fit into the new coach's scheme, the Lakers getting healthy to start the year will likely push him out of the rotation.
May 2 - 2:52 PM

Ryan Kelly started on Friday against the Warriors, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two threes in 37 minutes.

There was some last minute lineup shuffling between he and Robert Sacre (four points, seven rebounds, one block, 19 minutes), but ultimately Kelly was given the nod to start and he came through like owners have pictured he might. Unfortunately, Mike D'Antoni doesn't always cooperate and Kelly is often content to let the other guys get theirs, but in this system this is the type of upside he has on any given night.
Apr 12 - 2:50 AM

Ryan Kelly hit 5-of-11 shots for 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Rockets.

Kelly hit just 3-of11 shots on Sunday, but was much better tonight, as he got to the line and made 8-of-11 free throws. He's starting at small forward and should continue to do so until the season mercifully comes to an end.
Apr 9 - 1:28 AM

Ryan Kelly made just 3-of-11 from the field against the Clippers on Sunday for six points with four boards, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

This matchup was not a good one for Kelly. He need some serious work as an interior defender and the Clippers showed the world today how often the Lakers are incapable of filling the paint on defense. Still, Kelly will have some opportunity thanks to output in 3-pointers as long as Paul Gasol (illness) is out.
Apr 6 - 6:26 PM

The Lakers will start Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore, Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill against the Clippers on Sunday.

In a surprising twist, this is the same lineup the Lakers used on Friday night. They only have nine active players tonight and they're really going to have a tough time putting points on the board. We'll let you know how they do following the game.
Apr 6 - 2:20 PM

Ryan Kelly logged just 15 minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs, finishing with three points on 1-of-6 shooting, one rebound, four assists and two steals in 15 minutes.

In typical Kelly fashion he managed to put up some versatile per-minute numbers but the combination of his shooting and having to cover Dirk didn't do too well. While it seems like there is some fantasy value to be had as the Lakers finish up tanking their season, but the numbers just haven't been there to back that up.
Apr 5 - 2:20 AM

Ryan Kelly scored just six points on 2-of-6 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 28 minutes on Wednesday.

Kelly played better than the numbers suggest but watched as teammates took turns hoisting up shots in rapid fire manner. It's possible that he gets heavy run for the Lakers down the stretch, but those are the famous last words of anybody relying on unproven fantasy assets from L.A. right now.
Apr 3 - 1:57 AM

Ryan Kelly will start vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf) won't play tonight and Kelly could get some serious run. On top of the scoring chances, he's been an effective passer, which should help considering Steve Nash (ankle) is out.
Apr 2 - 8:38 PM

Ryan Kelly played 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Tuesday with nine points, nine boards, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

It makes sense to keep Kelly in the rotation to help develop him for next season, but 20 minutes certainly isn't going to make fantasy owners run to the wire. With Pau Gasol back, we'd like to see Kelly turn in another productive game against the Kings on Wednesday.
Apr 2 - 1:37 AM

Ryan Kelly was everywhere in Sunday's easy win vs. the Suns, piling up 17 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in just 30 minutes off the bench.

He made some nice defensive plays and hit a variety of tough shots, and the No. 48 pick in this year's draft already looks like a steal for L.A. With Xavier Henry (knee) once again on the sidelines, Kelly should produce understated, across-the-board production in L.A.'s four-game week.
Mar 31 - 12:27 AM

Ryan Kelly played just 16 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Thursday with five points, four boards and one steal.

He’s played well off the bench and has been distributing the ball very well, but slowed down tonight. Kelly’s minutes were ready to take a significant hit, but Pau Gasol (illness) out of the lineup has given him some new life excluding tonight. He shoots enough threes and does enough in other areas to be picked up until Gasol is ready to go for owners in deeper leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis