Player News - Lakers

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Brian Shaw will reportedly be the Lakers' associate head coach on Luke Walton's staff.

After burning out with the Nuggets, it'll likely take some time before Shaw is presented with another head coaching opportunity, but becoming the associate head coach on Walton's staff is certainly a step in the right direction.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 6:38 PM

Brian Shaw is nearing a deal to join the Lakers as a lead assistant coach.

He was viewed as one of the top assistants for years, but a rough time in Denver changed the perception of Shaw being a top head-coaching candidate. Shaw played 14 seasons in the NBA, including his final four with the Lakers during the Phil Jackson era.
May 21 - 5:52 PM

Brian Shaw is considering joining the Lakers as an assistant coach.

Shaw has been offered a spot on head coach Luke Walton's staff and is currently mulling the offer. "I have some decisions to make fairly shortly," Shaw said. "I have an offer and I have some options." Shaw hasn't received much interest from teams with head coaching vacancies, so taking an assistant job might be his best bet for now.
May 19 - 1:48 PM

The Lakers will actively explore trading away their No. 2 overall selection.

The Lakers want to get better as soon as possible, and if they can secure an established top-tier talent by trading away the No. 2 overall selection, that is a route that will intrigue the Lakers' brass. However, it's not often that opposing teams are willing to deal away known talent for unknown potential, so there's a good chance nothing comes of this report. If the Lakers end up using their pick, current projections have them landing Brandon Ingram.
May 18 - 10:49 AM

The Lakers will get the No. 2 pick in the draft and the Celtics will get the third pick.

This was huge for the Lakers because they would've completely lost their pick to Philly if it fell out of the top three. Depending on who Philly takes No. 1, the Lakers will likely be awarded with Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons at No. 2. As for Boston, they received this pick from the Nets and will also have the 16th and 23rd pick in the first round.
May 17 - 8:31 PM

Brian Shaw is unlikely to interview for the vacant Knicks head coach position.

Shaw has been connected to the Knicks due to his familiarity with Phil Jackson and the triangle offense, but it doesn't look like he'll pursue that opening. "Kurt Rambis is there," Shaw said. "He's very adept at running the triangle, and if Phil Jackson wanted a coach that's going to run that system for him, he has a guy that's there that he has confidence in." While Knicks fans may not want to hear it, it sounds like Kurt Rambis may shed his interim title in the near future.
Source: ESPN
May 10 - 11:01 AM

Jordan Clarkson said that new head coach Luke Walton will be able to relate to the players.

"It’s just an understanding," Clarkson said. "He’s played the game and he’s been out here in L.A. I feel like he’ll just be able to relate to us on different levels and make us all closer and want to compete. It’s just cool to feel that vibe of energy." Walton has big plans for Clarkson and his fantasy stock gets a boost because the Lakers will try to emulate the Warriors' up-tempo style of play.
Source: ESPN
May 7 - 12:52 PM

Julius Randle could have a role in the Lakers' new schemes similar to the one Draymond Green has for the Warriors.

"Obviously there are a lot of similarities between Draymond and myself," Randle said. "There will be a lot to learn, but especially with the style of play, it’ll be fun for us to get up and down. Sharing the ball is going to be big for us this year. Just building that chemistry on both sides of the floor." New Lakers head coach Luke Walton will be excellent for Randle's development, and while the big man wouldn't reveal what he will be focusing on this summer, it's a decent bet that he will try to improve his ball-handling and playmaking ability.
Source: ESPN
May 7 - 12:47 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he'll be focusing on the offensive side and will bring in a defensive coach to his staff.

He's really going to try to incorporate the Warriors-style offense to his new team. The problem is the Lakers personnel isn't quite as strong as Golden State. The new offense should help out guys like D'Angelo Russell.
May 6 - 4:20 PM

Luke Walton said he is a "big fan" of Larry Nance.

"I'm a big fan of Nance," Walton said. "You're going to have superstars that end up on 'SportsCenter' every night, but you need guys that are going to be into doing the little things and making the right plays. Defensively, he seems to always be in the right place, getting his hands on loose balls and getting second and third opportunities on the offensive glass." Nance's role will be dependent upon what the Lakers do in the offseason, and it's not a lock Walton has the same interest in playing him alongside Julius Randle that Byron Scott previously showed.
May 2 - 2:01 PM

Luke Walton praised Jordan Clarkson's athleticism, saying that the young guard is "constantly in attack mode."

Assuming he returns to the Lakers—which is a virtual certainty with Clarkson entering restricted free agency—it will be interesting to watch how Walton utilizes the dynamic athlete in his inaugural season as head coach. The 36-year-old also praised Clarkson's work ethic, which is arguably his most valuable asset at this stage of his young career. There are a lot of long-term uncertainties in Los Angeles, but Clarkson shouldn't be considered one of them.
May 2 - 1:57 PM

New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

"He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job.
May 2 - 1:53 PM

Luke Walton praised Julius Randle's ability to rebound the basketball.

"That kid averaged 10 rebounds a game as pretty much a rookie? That’s insane. This is a grown-man league," he said. Randle's ability to attack the boards is not in question, but several other areas of his game are and those are the things that will be under Walton's microscope in his first season as the Lakers new head coach.
May 2 - 1:50 PM

Luke Walton is expected to receive a five-year contract worth approximately $25 million to become the Lakers head coach.

In other words, he and Steve Kerr can now share something else in common. The Lakers should introduce Walton at a press conference shortly after Golden State's season concludes, but that could very well not be until the middle of June.
May 2 - 1:44 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he will not run the triangle offense next season.

He said the triangle is not the "most appropriate" offense for the players on the roster. Walton will likely try to incorporate more movement and spacing, which could bode well for D'Angelo Russell.
Apr 30 - 4:28 PM


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