Player News - Lakers

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Despite an earlier report that Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Lakers on Tuesday, Mark Medina is reporting that Ronnie Price will get the call.

Lin is still expected to play and will come off the bench after missing three straight game with a sprained ankle. Either way, Lin should be a nice, cheap source of dimes and point guard minutes this season.
Oct 21 - 8:25 PM

Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone.
Oct 21 - 8:01 PM

Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

"Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts.
Oct 21 - 5:54 PM

Lakers waive C Jeremy Tyler.

Tyler appeared in three preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points over 9.3 minutes of action. He was never likely to make the Lakers' regular-season roster.
Source: Brad Turner
Oct 20 - 6:16 PM

Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers will play "smashmouth basketball" this season.

"We’re going to be smashmouth basketball," said Bryant. "That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical... We’re a grind it out team." With minimal improvements to the Lakers' roster this offseason, the Lakers could be in for another turbulent season. Kobe will have to score a lot of points for them to be relevant, but he has looked great so far over preseason. He's a true risk/reward pick in the early rounds of standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 5:27 PM

Ronnie Price is a lock to make the Lakers, according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

He's playing on a non-guaranteed deal, but has been terrific in camp with Steve Nash (back) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) out. This is bad news for rookie Jordan Clarkson's fantasy value in extremely deep leagues and Price has very little value, as well.
Oct 20 - 9:14 AM

Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.

"[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
Oct 20 - 12:26 AM

Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
Oct 20 - 12:20 AM

With Steve Nash (nerve damage) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) unavailable for Sunday's exhibition, Lakers' PG Ronnie Price delivered 10 assists in 38 minutes.

Price finished with six points, two rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, one block and three turnovers against an inexperienced Jazz backcourt. The absence of rookie G Jordan Clarkson (calf) is yet another reason for Price's increased activity, and despite tonight's solid line he's not an option in average fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 12:19 AM

Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
Oct 20 - 12:19 AM

Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15.
Oct 19 - 7:59 PM

Steve Nash's nerve-related pain will prevent him from playing in Sunday's exhibition.

It doesn't make sense for the Lakers' to gamble with his health, but nothing about Nash's preseason inspires confidence. He looked good during training camp but pulled himself out of a game on Oct. 13 due to a "sciatica problem," then tweaked his back while carrying bags a few days later. Fantasy owners are right to be skeptical about his health during an 82-game season, and until he recovers the Lakers' PG rotation will feature Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson.
Oct 19 - 7:54 PM

The Lakers are expected to waive C Jeremy Tyler, allowing him to sign a contract in China.

Tyler appeared in three preseason games, averaging 2.7 points in 9.3 minutes per game, and he was never likely to make L.A.'s regular-season roster.
Oct 19 - 7:49 PM

Ryan Kelly (strained right hamstring) is out Vs. the Jazz on Sunday.

He was supposed to make his return on Sunday after recovering from a strained left hamstring, but he can't seem to shake the injury bug this preseason. Kelly will find minutes hard to come by as he is currently slotted behind Carlos Boozer and Julius Randle. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Oct 19 - 3:21 PM

Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

"When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside.
Oct 19 - 10:28 AM


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