Player News - Lakers

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Carmelo Anthony praised Kobe Bryant (shoulder) on Friday, and said that he believes that Bryant will return at full strength next season.

"I know him, man," Anthony said. "This is not a way he wants to go out. I'm pretty sure he'll do whatever he has to do to get back on that court one more time before he hangs them shoes up." While all signs point to Bryant returning next season, there is always going to be some speculation about him retiring considering he has been in the league for nearly 20 years now. It will be interesting to see if the Black Mamba will be ready in time for training camp next season, but we will be sure to track his progress every step of the way.
Source: Newsday
Jan 31 - 10:09 AM

Ryan Kelly will play for the LA D-Fenders on Friday.

Kelly has started at small forward for the Lakers past four games, but he's struggled to make an impact with limited touches and his minutes have been kept in the low 20s for all of those outings. He'll have plenty of opportunities playing on LA's D-League squad tonight, but he has very little value on the Lakers, and can safely remain on the wire in nearly all leagues.
Jan 30 - 5:14 PM

Tarik Black (ankle) is questionable for Sunday against the Knicks.

He played seven minutes on Sunday, but didn't play in each of the last two games. Black is apparently still banged up, so he's not a great fantasy option. Although, coach Byron Scott likes him.
Jan 30 - 4:22 PM

Nick Young (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday.

He said he can do some straight-line running, but he can't cut yet, and he is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks. If he's out, the Lakers will use more Jeremy Lin in the second unit while Wayne Ellington will have more scoring opportunities.
Jan 30 - 3:08 PM

Kobe Bryant confirmed that the plan is for him to be ready to play come September when the Lakers open up their training camp.

Bryant, speaking with the media the day after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right rotator cuff, said that his shoulder is feeling "sore, but it's okay." We'll continue to monitor Bryant's status closely, but it's worth noting that a return in September puts him one month ahead of his initial nine-month timeline, so there's a decent chance he's not ready to go by training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 9:53 AM

Jordan Clarkson said that he had his first face-to-face with Steve Nash on Wednesday, and Nash's words helped him in facing Derrick Rose.

The Lakers pulled out a surprise win on Thursday, upsetting the Bulls 123-118 in a double overtime victory, and Clarkson was the Lakers' third-leading scorer with 18 points. He also was second in minutes on the night with 43, and it's clear that he's ahead of Jeremy Lin in the rotation, and LA is going to make an effort to develop their rookie. He's capable of providing some low-end stats in standard leagues, so give him a look if you're looking for some points, assists, and steals on the wire.
Jan 30 - 9:15 AM

Wayne Ellington made 9-of-19 from the field for 23 points during a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

His style of play has completely changed. Ellington would basically just hang around the 3-point line to space the floor, but now he's creating off the dribble. He had nine shots in the paint tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to have complete trust in Ellington as his primary scorer. The 27-year-old swingman is a decent shooter from the field, effective at the line and should add some other stats with the scoring, so he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 2:02 AM

Robert Sacre fouled out in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

This was arguably his best start of the season. In his previous three, Sacre averaged 6.0 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes. He's probably not going to stick in the starting unit all season, but give him a look in deep leagues if those aforementioned averages appeal to you.
Jan 30 - 1:54 AM

Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 11 points, five assists and two turnovers.

Jordan Clarkson is not going to lose his job any time soon, so Lin's playing time is going to be inconsistent. He's going to be tough to own in standard leagues at this time, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. For what it's worth, cutting Lin for Clarkson seems like an easy move.
Jan 30 - 1:51 AM

Jordan Hill scored a season-high 26 points against the Bulls on Thursday with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes.

The Lakers gambled here with all of this playing time for Hill, but he looked great in the second overtime. Hill has become a bigger part of the offense in his last 13 games with 12.9 attempts per game from the field, averaging 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues following this game.
Jan 30 - 1:47 AM

Jordan Clarkson played 43 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday during a double-overtime win, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

It's becoming abundantly clear that Clarkson has his starting job locked down. He is a playmaker for the Lakers and they'll need someone like that in their starting unit. Plus, he's been exceptional at beating guys off the dribble in his rookie season. Clarkson won't be a fantasy stud because of his turnovers and sub-par shooting, but the steals and other stats make him worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 1:40 AM

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak said that Kobe Bryant will be ready for training camp next season.

"We spoke last night, he's in great spirits," said Kupchak of Bryant. "He's excited about the prognosis and being ready for training camp. The big key is we have to improve the talent level on the team." This is an interesting statement, because Kobe's initial timetable of nine months would have him out until November of next year. Kupchak also said that retirement was not discussed when talking with Kobe, and we'll continue to track The Black Mambas' status closely on his road to recovery.
Jan 29 - 2:48 PM

Nick Young (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

Young will travel with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip, and head coach Byron Scott said he expects Young to return soon. In the meantime, Wayne Ellington, Jordan Clarkson, and Jeremy Lin will all have some increased opportunity for as long as Swaggy P is unavailable. However, with a tough matchup against Chicago tonight, all these guys figure to be risky options in daily leagues.

Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Wednesday, and he's expected to miss nine months.

This is a longer-than-expected timetable which would keep him out until roughly next November, so it's very unlikely he'll be in uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Black Mamba's unfortunate injury will open up more playing time for Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and especially Wayne Ellington, the last of whom is a very nice pickup as the Lakers' starting SG.
Jan 28 - 6:26 PM

Nick Young (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday night.

He has a moderate ankle sprain and missed Tuesday's game against the Wizards. The Lakers seem to be committed to their young guys, so don't expect Young to play at less than 100 percent. Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are both worth a look.
Jan 28 - 2:47 PM


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