Player News - Lakers

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Lonzo Ball had an MRI on his right calf on Tuesday.

The MRI confirmed that he has a mild strain and he's expected to be fine in a week or two. The Lakers are expected to sign a veteran PG this week to mentor Ball, but the starting job belongs to the rookie. After averaging 16.3 points, a league-leading 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in Vegas, fantasy owners will have to target Ball in the middle rounds if they want him.
Jul 18 - 10:27 PM

Magic Johnson said he wants Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to "set the tone on defense."

Magic went out of his way to praise KCP for what he brings on the defensive end, and really stressed how the Lakers want to "run, run, run" next season. Caldwell-Pope will be going from a Detroit team that ranked in the bottom-8 in pace last season, to a Lakers squad that was in the top-6 in pace last year, so that can only help his fantasy value. Inefficient shooting will likely hold him to a late-round evaluation, but he'll be worth a late-round look for those seeking some points, steals and triples.
Source: Periscope
Jul 18 - 5:32 PM

Alex Caruso nearly triple-doubled in Monday's win over the Blazers, scoring 15 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

Starting in place of the injured Lonzo Ball (calf), Caruso helped the Lakers win their sixth straight game and the Vegas Summer League Championship. He finished 4-of-9 from the field, adding one steal, one block and five turnovers. The Lakers have liked what they've seen from Caruso this Summer and recently signed him to a two-way contract -- that means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA in 2017-18 and the rest of his time in the G-League.
Jul 18 - 12:11 AM

Vander Blue scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting in Monday's 110-98 win over the Blazers.

This was no fluke either, as Blue was averaging 14.3 points and 1.3 triples per game prior to Monday. He added six assists, five rebounds and one 3-pointer to his line, showcasing why he was the D-League MVP in 2016-17. If the 25-year-old guard doesn't get an invite to the Lakers training camp, there's a good chance that another NBA team will pick him up.
Jul 18 - 12:06 AM

Kyle Kuzma dropped 30 points to lead the Lakers past the Blazers in a 110-98 win in the Vegas Summer League Final.

Kuzma was named to the All-NBA Summer League second team with averages of 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 treys, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks in his previous six games, but he was asked to do even more with Lonzo Ball (calf) on the shelf tonight. He nailed six 3-pointers on the night and finished 11-of-16 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block, picking up the Finals MVP Award in the process. He's in a nice spot with the Lakers rebuilding, so expect the rookie to see minutes right out of the gate behind Julius Randle.
Jul 17 - 11:54 PM

Lonzo Ball was named the Vegas Summer League MVP.

Sadly, Ball won't play in the championship vs. Portland on Monday night due to a mild calf strain, but he is considered day-to-day. Ball averaged 16.3 points, a league-leading 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals, though he did struggle with his perimeter shooting. He's joined by Dennis Smith Jr., Josh Jackson, John Collins and Caleb Swanigan on the All-NBA Summer League first team, while Bryn Forbes, Wayne Selden Jr., Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and Cheick Diallo were named to the All-NBA Summer League second team.
Jul 17 - 9:26 PM

Josh Hart (ankle) will not play the Summer League championship game against the Trail Blazers on Monday.

The ankle injury kept Hart off the court for all but two Summer League games, but he'll be fine by the time training camp rolls around. It'll be tough for Hart to factor much into the rotation during his rookie season with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson ahead of him on the depth chart.
Jul 17 - 5:32 PM

P.J. Dozier (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's Summer League championship game against Portland.

Dozier was only on the court for two Summer League games before going down with an ankle injury, and he's by no means a lock to land a regular-season roster spot, particularly with the Lakers signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Jul 17 - 5:27 PM

Lonzo Ball (mild right calf strain), P.J. Dozier (ankle) and Josh Hart (ankle) will not suit up for the Las Vegas Summer League championship game against the Trail Blazers.

Ball has nothing left to prove at Summer League, and there's just zero incentive for him to push through even a minor injury during this offseason series of exhibition games. Ball will finish Summer League with averages of 16.3 points, 9.3 dimes, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 block per game on 38.3 percent shooting. He looks locked in as LA's starting point guard next season, so he'll be someone to consider towards the late-middle rounds on draft day.
Jul 17 - 4:42 PM

Lonzo Ball squared off with Dennis Smith Jr. in the Vegas semifinals on Sunday, finishing with 16 points, two 3-pointers, 10 assists, four rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers.

Ball added a few highlights despite playing just 21 minutes tonight, including the seamless punch-pass linked below. He left due to right calf tightness in the second half but stayed on the bench, and there was no need for him to return given the fact that it was an exhibition (L.A. nearly blew a huge lead without him). This doesn't seem like a real concern, but Ball could be rested or limited for Monday's final game.
Jul 16 - 10:23 PM

Ivica Zubac played 20 minutes on Sunday, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Zubac has had plenty of rough spots during Summer League and he came in averaging just 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. He feasted on easy buckets tonight and we're not worried about some quiet performances in Vegas, but the arrival of Brook Lopez has thrown cold water on his season-long fantasy outlook.
Jul 16 - 10:15 PM

Kyle Kuzma distinguished himself again on Sunday with a game-high 24 points, five 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, helping L.A. advance to the finals on Monday.

The No. 27 pick has feasted in Summer League by running the court and scoring off Lonzo Ball's passes, but he's also knocking down 3-pointers and showing proficiency in the paint. The Lakers continue to tout his versatility and it sounds like he can quickly carve out minutes as a backup on a rebuilding team.
Jul 16 - 10:14 PM

Josh Hart (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's Summer League game against the Mavericks.

P.J. Dozier (ankle) will join Hart on the sidelines, but the rest of the guys on L.A.'s Summer League squad are good to go for tonight's matchup against the Mavericks.
Jul 16 - 2:49 PM

Tyler Ennis could be the Lakers next target after Rajon Rondo chose to join the Pelicans.

Ennis played well for the Lakers after his trade from Houston last season, averaging a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 triples. He's also entering his age-23 season, so he'd fit in well with the Lakers rebuilding. Ian Clark and Rodney Stuckey are two more names that have been floated around as possible targets, but the Lakers interest has not been considered as strong.
Jul 16 - 10:09 AM

Lonzo Ball had a strong game against the Nets during a 115-106 win, making 4-of-12 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three turnovers and one 3-pointer.

The Lakers continue to flirt with 100 points and this time they flew past that mark in a quarterfinal win. While Ball didn't shoot the rock well, he had some big rebounds and getting this win in a close game against a team with several players with NBA experience should count for something. Ball has his fingerprints all over how the team plays when he's on the court, especially when it comes to tempo and looking to hit a teammate leaking out. His shot selection is getting a little better and his improvement helps explain why the Lakers are winning games. If nobody rests, it'll be Lonzo vs. Dennis Smith Jr. on Sunday as must-see TV for NBA diehards.
Jul 16 - 12:06 AM


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