Player News - Lakers

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Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points vs. the Raptors on Friday to go with four boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He shot 7-of-15 from the field and really showed some nice versatility. Clarkson also showed a nice first step and stayed in control while running the offense in the situations Kendall Marshall was on the bench. He'll still have a tough time getting minutes while Kobe Bryant is healthy.
Jul 11 - 8:20 PM

Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year deal worth $21.5 million.

Young will remain in LA with his hometown Lakers. He was decent last season, compiling averages of 17.9 points, and 2.1 three-pointers a game, but those results can't be expected when playing alongside a healthy Kobe Bryant. Young really doesn't offer much outside of scoring, and when Kobe is there to take away his opportunities, he's not going to be offering much at all.
Jul 11 - 6:17 PM

Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers.

It's a fairly expensive deal at $9 million per, but at least it's just for two seasons. Hill had a tough time staying court last season and his conditioning capped his minutes per game a bit. Still, the Lakers needed size and depth, so it's a good fit. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 11 - 6:15 PM

Julius Randle has still not officially signed his contract with the Lakers, and is very unlikely to play in Friday's Summer League game vs. Toronto.

The only holdup here is the contract, and not Randle's foot. The Lakers have been delaying signing Randle to his rookie contract to maximize cap space for a potential Carmelo Anthony signing, but Carmelo signing in LA is now extremely unlikely. Randle should be considered questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.
Jul 11 - 5:42 PM

Julius Randle will not play on Friday vs. the Raptors.

It's because he hasn't signed his contract yet and not because of his foot issue. Randle has a chance to play on Sunday for the Lakers, and would likely be a key part of their offensive attack.
Jul 11 - 5:36 PM

Lakers draft pick Julius Randle is traveling with their Summer League team but may not play in Friday's opener, as he hasn't signed his rookie contract.

L.A. is trying to maximize their spending ability until Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James are completely off the table, so they've delayed Randle's signing while awaiting clarity in free agency. He could still play on Friday even if he signs "an hour before tipoff," and the good news is that his availability has nothing to do with his foot injury.
Jul 11 - 1:09 PM

Julius Randle again was asked about the health of his foot, and his answer remains the same, it is not an issue.

"It's not an issue at all," said Randle. "I'm [medically] cleared to play." Julius is probably sick of answering questions about his foot at this point, considering the answer has consistently been the same. However, questions will likely continue to be asked until he sees some action on the court. Randle hopes to suit up for Friday's summer league game vs. Toronto, but that can't happen until he signs his contract with the Lakers.
Jul 7 - 2:32 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak will fly to Cleveland to meet with LeBron James' agent.

He'll get a chance to make his case after the Suns, Mavericks, Rockets and Cavs have had their chance. The Lakers will probably need a small miracle to get LeBron to sign with them, but at least they're not out of the running. The Knicks do not have a meeting scheduled.
Jul 3 - 11:50 PM

Kobe Bryant intends to meet with Carmelo Anthony following Anthony's meeting with the Knicks on Thursday.

Kobe was expected to be with the Lakers earlier for a meeting, but he couldn't make it on time. Melo and Bryant are close friends and he may have more power in persuading Anthony than any other Lakers' front-office guy. This meeting makes it less likely that we see Melo make his decision tonight.
Jul 3 - 5:16 PM

Kobe Bryant will be present when the Lakers host unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers will host Carmelo Anthony on a free agent visit Thursday and Bryant flew in from a European vacation late Wednesday night so that he could join the meeting. Kobe and Melo are long-time friends and the Lakers are hoping Bryant will be able to convince Anthony to come to Los Angeles and help rebuild the team with Bryant. Anthony has said he prioritizes winning a championship at this point in his career, however, so a decision to sign with the Lakers would seemingly fly in the face of that line of thought.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 3 - 10:21 AM

Julius Randle does not need surgery on his foot and is expected to play in Las Vegas Summer League.

He had a second opinion on his foot on Wednesday and it seems he'll be ready for his first action as a pro on July 11 as long as he gets his deal done. Randle figures to get some solid playing time with the Lakers in Vegas and should be a focal point for the offense.
Jul 2 - 9:13 PM

Former Laker Andrew Goudelock is reportedly close to signing with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey.

Goudelock spent the 2013-14 season in Russia and he was interested in returning to the NBA, but he's likely to earn more money by staying overseas.
Jul 1 - 6:48 PM

Lakers draft pick Julius Randle will visit a foot specialist in Indiana on Wednesday, but he's not expected to require pre-emptive surgery.

Randle plans to play for L.A.'s Summer League team and he's in a good position as a rookie on a wide-open Lakers roster. Early indications about the health of his foot are positive, but we'll get a much clearer picture once the results of his Wednesday checkup are disclosed.
Jul 1 - 3:11 PM

Julius Randle said he "can come in and contribute right away" in his introductory press conference on Monday.

He added he "plans to play" in Las Vegas Summer League, which would be a huge statement about the health of his ankle. The Lakers are likely going to have a thin roster with Kobe's massive contract and Steve Nash also getting paid, so the minutes should be there for Randle. His prospective fantasy owners can expect his minutes to come in the 20s.
Jul 1 - 10:40 AM

The Jazz have interest in restricted free agent Ryan Kelly.

There are always some curious players to pop up early in free agency and Kelly is one of them. The Jazz would be one of a handful of teams who would put Kelly in their rotation considering their lack of depth up front and how they could use a guy to stretch the floor. He's unlikely to get a deal early on unless it's below his market value.
Jul 1 - 10:06 AM


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