Player News - Lakers

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The Lakers officially re-signed Ryan Kelly to a two-year deal on Monday.

"[Kelly] did everything we asked of him as a rookie and showed great promise and potential," said GM Mitch Kupchak. Kelly had some nice stretches for the Lakers last season, but with Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle, and Ed Davis all in town, it will be very difficult for Kelly to crack the rotation. Owners can safely ignore Kelly on draft day.
Jul 21 - 6:04 PM

The Lakers officially signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal on Monday.

"We are happy to retain such a skilled player committed to being part of what we are building as a franchise," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Swaggy P had a decent season with the Lakers last year averaging 17.9 points, 2.1 three-pointers, and not much else. Young is a volume shooter, and one shouldn't expect him to put up similar numbers with a healthy Kobe Bryant on the floor next season.
Jul 21 - 4:56 PM

Kobe Bryant said he's "afraid" of life after basketball.

"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time," Bryant said. He seems like a basketball lifer and may play beyond the two years of his current deal. Bryant should be 100 percent healthy coming into the 2014-15 season and is a decent risk-reward pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 21 - 9:49 AM

The Kings advanced to the Las Vegas Summer League finals with a win vs. the Wizards on Sunday, led by MarShon Brooks' 14 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Brooks scored with ease and finished 5-of-7 from the field in just 16 minutes, but in true Summer League fashion he also committed four turnovers and five personal fouls. Sacramento led 39-10 at one point in the first half and cruised to the victory with nine different players scoring at least four points. They'll face the Rockets for the Summer League championship.
Jul 20 - 10:18 PM

Assistant coach Mark Madsen was happy with how Julius Randle performed on Friday.

"When Julius catches the basketball at the elbow or at the mid-post, all the other players on the court are like a swarm of bees," Madsen said. "He's letting everything develop and Julius is finding [the open man]." Madsen added that Randle wanted to run a four-flat play late in the game and that the rookie also took a cab back to the arena before Sunday's game to get his shoes. Randle also said he was "excited" to have Carlos Boozer on his team, and he's going to focus on getting into game shape. Randle and Madsen both said the rookie is going to be a very tough cover in one-on-one. The addition of Boozer is going to hurt Randle's production, which is unfortunate because he could have turned in a big rookie season.
Jul 19 - 3:27 PM

Summer league coach Mark Madsen said on Friday that Jordan Clarkson had a "phenomenal" week at Las Vegas Summer League.

Madsen was asked about Kendall Marshall being waived and just talked about how great Clarkson was this past week. "He learned every set. He learned multiple options out of each set for other positions," Madsen said. "That's the sign of a point guard who is growing into the position." It sounds like the Lakers are going to use Clarkson at the point, but he could line up at shooting guard for his ability to slash to the basket. Clarkson also added on Friday that he prefers an up-tempo style of play. If the Lakers start losing bodies to injuries again, he could be worth watching.
Jul 19 - 9:49 AM

Lakers sign G/F Wes Johnson.

It's just a one-year, $1 million deal for Johnson, who had a terrific season in 2013-14. The Lakers were decimated by injuries last year and it was the main reason why Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game. He is unlikely to match that average next season and won't be worth a pick in most fantasy drafts.
Jul 19 - 9:27 AM

The Lakers will re-sign Ryan Kelly.

It's expected to be a two-year deal and it's likely at the veteran minimum because it wouldn't affect the salary cap. The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall's contract and they may have a tough time getting him back. They likely did this so they can bid on Carlos Boozer, who would be a strange fit on the Lakers. Kelly is likely going to start the season out of the rotation.
Jul 19 - 9:23 AM

The Lakers and Xavier Henry are reportedly nearing an agreement on a one-year contract worth $1 million.

Henry averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds with the Lakers last year, but the fact that he's never made it through more than 50 games in an NBA season makes him a non-factor with regards to fantasy.
Jul 18 - 2:12 PM

Carlos Boozer took to Twitter on Friday to express his excitement to be joining the Lakers.

"Feel Honored To Be Apart Of This Amazing Organization... Looking Forward To This Next Chapter!!!" Boozer wrote. Despite only getting 28 minutes a game with the Bulls last season, Boozer was able to provide serviceable numbers of 13.7 points, and 8.3 rebounds. It's possible that Boozer gets a larger minute allotment in LA with them being rather thin upfront, and he may be forced to spend some time at the center position.
Jul 18 - 11:52 AM

MarShon Brooks scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the Kings' 100-86 win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.

Brooks is hoping to earn his way on to an NBA roster with a strong Summer League performance, and he may if he continues to perform the way he did against Minnesota. He only added four rebounds to the rest of his stat line, so he will need to shoot the ball well if he hopes to make a team.
Jul 17 - 7:02 PM

The Lakers won the rights to Carlos Boozer with a high bid of $3.25 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Lakers will acquire Boozer's expiring contract, while Chicago will have to pay the remaining $13.6 million for 2014-2015. Boozer was amnestied by the Bulls on Tuesday, and now has a new home in Los Angeles. It appears to be a win-win for both teams as the Bulls cleared enough cap space to sign Pau Gasol, while the Lakers get a veteran big man and an expiring contract.
Jul 17 - 6:33 PM

The Lakers have won the blind auction for the rights to claim the recently amnestied forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer was amnestied by the Bulls on Tuesday, collecting the $16.8M remaining on his contract. The Lakers were widely viewed as the big losers in free agency, failing to sign any noteworthy free agents, including Carmelo Anthony. Now it appears their consolation prize will be Boozer after they placed the highest bid in the blind auction to win the right to claim him. His fantasy value is still somewhat in question however, as he joins the loaded front court in L.A. that includes Ed Davis, Jordan Hill, and rookie Julius Randle. Even so, he should be able to at least reproduce his 13.8 points, and 8.3 rebounds he averaged last season in Chicago.
Jul 17 - 5:15 PM

Free agent forward Ed Davis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers, reports Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers need a little bit of everything and while Davis has the potential to be a nice player, he isn't likely to be a difference maker alongside Kobe. The deal is for two years and $2 million, with the second year being a player option.
Jul 16 - 10:45 PM

The Bulls waived Carlos Boozer via their amnesty provision on Tuesday, clearing his $16.8 million salary from their salary cap.

This move has been long expected but the Bulls exhausted all possible trade scenarios before finally resorting to the amnesty provision. Boozer will earn the full $16.8 million and teams with salary-cap space can now bid for his services. If he lands in the right situation he may still return reliable fantasy value after a down season in Chicago last year.
Jul 15 - 5:02 PM


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