Player News - Lakers

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Andrew Bogut, who signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL, confirmed he is retiring from the NBA.

Bogut's contract with the Kings does not include any NBA or European outs. The 33-year old Bogut said that family was a major factor in his decision. "I’ve been through a lot but so has my wife," said Bogut. "I saw how hard it was, essentially living out of a suitcase the last year or two, with Dallas and going to Cleveland. I don’t think it’s fair to my son. Kids take a while to adjust. "
Source: Fox Sports
Apr 25 - 11:40 AM

Andrew Bogut has signed with the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL.

This could be the end of Bogut's 13-year NBA career. Now 33, Bogut was unable to land a job in the NBA after being waived by the Lakers in January.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 12:20 PM

Brook Lopez admitted that this season was the "most challenging" of his career.

"Being thrown into a new situation, there were a lot of variables, and this was a team trying to find its identity," he said. "We had a lot of new players and it took some time to gel. I don’t think I really reached my best basketball this season. I played well for a stretch or two but I still think my best basketball is ahead of me." Lopez added that he needs to find a better balance between his 3-point game and low-post game, something that became increasingly obvious as the Lakers season progressed. The big man had previously said he'd be open to re-signing with the Lakers in the right situation, but there are too many variables in play to meaningfully read into those comments at this time.
Apr 15 - 6:52 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said that he thought his season with the Lakers was "the best season" of his NBA career.

Caldwell-Pope posted career-best marks in field goal percentage (42.6%), three-point field goal percentage (38.3%), three-point field goals (2.1) rebounds (5.2), and tied his career-high mark in steals (1.4), but he took a slight step back in scoring (13.4), assists (2.2), and free throw percentage (78.9%). It's anyone's guess where KCP winds up given the Lakers uncertain summer ahead, and it may again be a difficult free agent market for Caldwell-Pope to navigate in the search of a multi-year deal. A reunion with the Lakers isn't completely out of the question, though we're a long way from that potential scenario playing out.
Apr 15 - 3:14 PM

Magic Johnson said that Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

This is disappointing news for fans of Summer League action, as we won't get to watch two of 2017-18's exciting rookies this July. It's also somewhat surprising considering that Ball said he would play if asked, and that he could use plenty of reps to improve his shooting. Lonzo did say that he didn't plan on making any changes to his jumper during the offseason.
Apr 13 - 2:03 PM

If the Lakers want him to, Lonzo Ball said he'll play in summer league.

Ball also said he's not planning to change his shot and he'll continue to get reps up. He added he'll try to get stronger and work on scoring as a whole. After a stat-stuffing month before he got hurt, Ball could become a top-30 pick in standard leagues.
Apr 12 - 7:19 PM

Brook Lopez said he's open to taking a reduced salary with the Lakers next year if he felt the Lakers were in position to win a title.

Being open to something doesn't really mean much coming from a pro like Lopez. Reading between the lines here, Lopez could be looking to make a title run with a team like the Warriors -- they haven't announced a starting center for Game 1 yet. He'll be a name to watch and should have value in fantasy with 26-30 minutes per game.
Apr 12 - 7:07 PM

Restricted free agent Julius Randle said he loves it in Los Angeles.

"It’d be amazing to be here, and hopefully both sides can come to something," Randle said. It was a tale of two seasons for Randle. In the last 12 days of December, he was benched to play under 12 minutes in two games. However, he really picked it up in 2018. Randle is a bit of a mystery because the Lakers may have high hopes this summer.
Apr 12 - 6:40 PM

Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points during a 115-100 win over the Clippers on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers.

Those seven 3-pointers were a career high. Hart certainly showed he's capable of being a rotation player as a plus-rebounding guard who can handle the ball on the wing. Obviously the Lakers are going to have a much different roster in September, so it'll be tough to gauge what kind of role he has. If you started him in the last week of the fantasy playoffs, it paid off for you with four straight 20-point games.
Apr 12 - 1:02 AM

Gary Payton II scored a career-high 25 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He only scored 14 points in his previous games with the Lakers and only 30 points with his time with the Bucks this season. Payton II hasn't really been given much of a chance because he's held teams back on offense.
Apr 12 - 12:57 AM

Andre Ingram scored five points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

After his NBA debut on Tuesday gave him better per-game value in nine-cat leagues than Anthony Davis this season, Ingram didn't quite have it today. Maybe it was his 32-year-old legs in a back-to-back set, or it could have been because other guys got hot. Whatever the case, he'll probably earn a camp deal in September. Either way, it was a treat watching a math and physics teacher drop numbers in these last two.
Apr 12 - 12:55 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) will not return on Wednesday.

It's an AC joint sprain and the severity isn't known yet, although X-rays were negative. KCP had himself a solid year on a one-year deal and he may have helped himself get a long-term deal, assuming this shoulder injury isn't bad.
Apr 11 - 10:53 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will play limited minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday.

The Lakers have no reason to push their veterans and KCP is heading into free agency, so he's probably more interested in staying healthy.
Apr 11 - 9:16 PM

Lakers coach Luke Walton said that he won't play Julius Randle and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope many minutes in Wednesday's finale.

No surprise here as the Lakers look ahead to the offseason.
Apr 11 - 9:15 PM

Kyle Kuzma (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Wednesday against the Clippers.

There hasn't been much positive news on Kuzma playing today, so he's likely closer to the doubtful side of this tag. If he's out, Andre Ingram will be the man to watch for a late starts besides the big Jazz at Blazers game.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 11 - 5:02 PM


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