Player News - Lakers

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Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 28 - 3:36 PM

With free agency looming, Wes Johnson is hopeful that he will remain with the Lakers.

"I want to definitely stay here," said Johnson. "I like coach [Byron] Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back." Johnson has struggled to show any kind of consistency since entering the NBA, and that story hasn't changed in Los Angeles. Johnson has averages of 9.5 points, 3.8 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season, but his role varies on a nightly basis. Until Johnson can string together a few good performances, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:43 AM

Jeremy Lin scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Bucks on Friday.

Lin has hovered around the bottom of the top-150 over the last month but has picked it up over the last week or so. Bryon Scott has said that he's thinking of starting Lin at some point, but that's not necessarily the driver of his value. He's worth a pickup though for the chance he can make a late-season run.
Feb 28 - 4:44 AM

Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

He was essentially ruled out on Thursday and he is likely going to miss games. Young is in the news most of the time for leading the league in shoekeepers and keeping his right arm tattoo-free strictly for buckets. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 27 - 9:01 PM

Jordan Clarkson said that playing next to Carlos Boozer has helped his game.

"It makes it a lot easier having Boozer on the court, a veteran guy that can knock down shots," said Clarkson. "He's out there talking to me throughout the whole time." The Lakers have made it clear that developing Clarkson will be a priority in LA, so it's quite possible that Boozer sticks with the starting lineup as Clarkson's mentor. Clarkson is averaging a respectable 13.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals since entering the starting lineup, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 27 - 5:22 PM

Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing.
Feb 27 - 2:37 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he does not expect Nick Young (knee) to play against the Bucks on Friday.

He is technically questionable, but there has been nothing to suggest he is going to play. With Young out, we'll see more of Jeremy Lin in the second unit with Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson all expected to score more, too.
Feb 27 - 2:32 PM

Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

"I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense.
Feb 26 - 3:40 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said he has no regrets on his relationship with Dwight Howard during Howard's time with the Lakers.

Even though Bryant is out for the season, he's had no shortage of excellent quotes as of late. "I tried teaching Dwight. I tried showing him," Bryant said. "But when he saw the reality of it, it made him uncomfortable. And it's very tough to be able to fight through that, to deal with that challenge. And I don't think he was willing to deal with that uncomfortable and combative nature."
Source: USA Today
Feb 26 - 11:52 AM

Jordan Hill hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

Robert Sacre failed to even score as the starting center, and it makes little sense that Hill isn't starting. He's averaging 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, a steal and a block since returning from a hip injury, and is worth a look if you need a big man (and you might if you own Jusuf Nurkic, who went down an ankle injury tonight).
Feb 26 - 1:53 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis came off the bench for 12 points, nine boards, a steal and three blocks on 6-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win.

Davis is kind of hot right now, averaging 9.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and is shooting 64 percent in 25 minutes over his last five games. And that makes him worth owning, especially if you're trying to squeeze some juice out of a guy like Al-Farouq Aminu.
Feb 26 - 1:49 AM

Wayne Ellington played a team-high 38 minutes on Wednesday and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists on 5-of-12 shooting.

We were expecting more shots and some threes with Nick Young out (knee), but a double-double works, as well. Ellington had been slumping over his last couple games, but with a season-high 10 boards and heavy minutes, could be ready to get hot again for the Lakers, who have somehow won two straight basketball games. And in case you're wondering about the two-game winning streak, just four NBA teams have a winning streak longer than the Lakers - OKC, Cleveland, Houston and New Orleans.
Feb 26 - 1:39 AM

Jordan Clarkson hit 10-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

Jeremy Lin hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points and three assists tonight, after going off for 25 and 18 points in his previous two games. Clarkson had cooled off recently and appeared to be losing traction to Lin, but is still averaging 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. As long as he's starting, he still looks like a much safer play than Lin at this point.
Feb 26 - 1:35 AM

Carlos Boozer started again on Wednesday and had 14 points, six boards and three steals in another Lakers win.

He had 12 points and eight boards in his previous game after picking up a DNP last Friday, and if you're in a points league, he might be able to help you as long as he continues to start.
Feb 26 - 1:32 AM

Ronnie Price had right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and will be out for 6-8 weeks.

He is out for the season. Price has been dealing with his nagging elbow injury since at least Jan. 14, but he should be ready for next year. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
Feb 25 - 2:42 PM


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