Player News - Lakers

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Jeremy Lin (illness) said he plans to play against the Nets on Sunday.

He did leave the door open of him missing the game, saying he'll play "unless it gets worse." A couple starting guards could be sick for Sunday afternoon with Deron Williams also under the weather. Lin had his allergy issue on Friday and still played 36 minutes, so he should be good to go.
Mar 28 - 2:31 PM

Robert Sacre is hopeful that the Lakers exercise their team option on him for next season.

"I would love to be back here. It would be fun," said Sacre. "You’re a Laker. What else can you ask for? There’s no other franchise like it. It’s an honor to wear purple and gold." Sacre has gotten some extra opportunities in the past three games due to the Lakers holding Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer out of the lineup, and he has put up averages of just 3.7 points, 3.0 boards and 1.0 steal over that span. There is no denying that Sacre is a great teammate, but unless these numbers appeal to you, he belongs on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:35 AM

The first thing that head coach Byron Scott noticed in the box score was that Jordan Clarkson finished Friday's game with zero assists, but he still came to the rookie's defense.

"That’s something that at a young age, he’s going to have to figure out on the fly," said Scott. "He did get in the paint a few times and finish it off. But guys just didn’t make layups or they got fouled and went to the free throw line. He was still unselfish and doing the right things. It just didn’t show up in the stat sheet." Clarkson has been excellent for the Lakers this season and it looks like he has a bright future in this league, so we would expect for him to get every opportunity to succeed as we close out the season. Keep him active in all lineups.
Mar 28 - 9:23 AM

Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points during a 94-83 loss to the Raptors on Friday with four rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He didn't have an assist tonight, but the scoring numbers are there for Clarkson. He's a good bet to lead the team in points going forward and he should add some steals along with a few other stats along the way. He's worth owning in all leagues.
Mar 28 - 1:22 AM

Ryan Kelly played 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with seven points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Those are some empty stats with all that playing time. Kelly said he's more comfortable at power forward, but he's not exactly playing with pass-first teammates right now. Kelly is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 28 - 1:19 AM

Jeremy Lin had team highs with 36 minutes, 18 points and five assists against the Raptors on Friday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He had an allergy issue and was a game-time decision, but it didn't seem to affect him. Lin has done a fine job in the starting lineup and not having Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have allowed some extra shots to go around. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 28 - 1:13 AM

Jeremy Lin (illness) will play against the Raptors on Friday night.

Considering the Lakers are holding out healthy players, it's a surprise to see him active with his sinus issue. If he's limited, Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown will get more playing time.
Mar 27 - 6:13 PM

Jordan Hill will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

Hill has spent the past two games on the sidelines despite being perfectly healthy, so it appears head coach Byron Scott has fully embraced the tanking concept. Look for Ryan Kelly to start with Ed Davis seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Both Kelly and Davis have been playing well lately, so they're worth a look in deep leagues. Byron Scott said he may insert Hill back into the lineup for either Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn or Monday's game vs. Philadelphia, so we'll be watching for that. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 12:18 PM

Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill will not play Friday vs. the Raptors.

With Boozer and Hill out, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will likely remain in the starting unit, with Ed Davis seeing extended minutes off the bench. All three guys can be viewed as low-end streamer options in deep leagues, with Davis and Kelly offering the most upside. Head coach Byron Scott said Hill and Boozer may return to the lineup for either Sunday's game vs. the Nets or Monday's game vs. the 76ers. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 12:06 PM

Ryan Kelly stated during a recent interview that he's more comfortable playing at the power forward position.

"I’m a little more comfortable there," Kelly said regarding the power forward spot. "I can get more involved offensively than I had been at times [playing small forward]." Kelly has started at the four-spot the past two games, putting in averages of 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 block per game. If he can continue to start at power forward, he'll be worth a look in deep leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
Mar 27 - 10:23 AM

Byron Scott will resume his head coaching duties for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

Scott took Tuesday and Wednesday off to attend his mothers' funeral, but he will be back with the Lakers on Friday. "I know she’s in a much better place because she’s not in pain anymore. That’s one thing I have some comfort in," Scott said.
Mar 27 - 9:12 AM

Despite solid back-to-back efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jordan Clarkson said he's still not satisfied with his play.

Despite his line 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block that included the game-winning free throws on Wednesday, Clarkson is still looking for improvement. "I think I took a few steps back," said Clarkson. "I didn’t take care of the ball well. I was holding it a little bit too much on the offensive end. I have to keep growing, watch the film and learn from it." As evidenced by his last two games, Clarkson has been fully unleashed in the Lakers' offense and is a must-own player in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 11:34 AM

Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 10:33 AM

Jabari Brown played a whopping 32 minutes on Wednesday and hit 3-of-4 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points, four boards, three assists and a steal in an overtime win against Minnesota.

With the Lakers showing little interest in winning games these days, it's possible that Brown continues to play heavy minutes. Deep-leaguers should keep an eye on him and hope that he continues to try to impress those actually watching the Lakers play.
Mar 26 - 1:40 AM

Wayne Ellington came off the bench and played a team-high 39 minutes, hitting 3-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

Ellington complied with the Lakers' wish to lose this game, but they still pulled it out in OT. Ellington has had potential all season, but has rarely come through for his owners. The minutes and shots were a lot more encouraging than the results, but he might be worth a flier if you have someone to cut.
Mar 26 - 1:38 AM


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