Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum.

As expected, the Lakers keep their financial flexibility for the free agent market in 2018. Bogut is familiar with coach Luke Walton from his Warriors days and should slide in as Brook Lopez's backup, though Ivica Zubac isn't just going to hand him his minutes. He's not a fantasy target after averaging 3.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks last season.
Sep 18 - 11:18 PM

Brandon Ingram said he feels much stronger because he's been "putting in so much work in the weight room."

Ingram weighed in at only 180 pounds as a rookie, so adding muscle to his lanky frame was one of his offseason goals. Improving his accuracy is also an objective. Ingram shot just 36.3 percent from the floor over the first half of last season, before bumping that number up to 47.5 percent after the All-Star break. He will be one of the focal points of the Lakers offense this next season and has a chance to put up impressive numbers if he can maintain that efficiency.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 16 - 9:40 AM

A recent CT scan on Andrew Bogut's tibia shows "complete healing," and a radiology report shows Bogut's leg is "solidly united."

Bogut will return to the United States next week and will likely make his decision on whom to sign with at that point. There are reportedly four teams vying for his services, with the Celtics possibly in the lead.
Sep 15 - 11:37 AM

The Celtics are one of four teams that are reportedly interested in free agent center Andrew Bogut (tibia).

Bogut underwent a bone scan on Tuesday on his fractured left tibia, but we're still waiting on the results. For what it's worth, he was expecting to receive full clearance this week. The Celtics' biggest need is rebounding and rim protection, so it would make a lot of sense for them to use their final roster spot on the 32-year-old veteran.
Source: Boston.com
Sep 14 - 9:46 AM

Magic Johnson referred to Larry Nance as the Lakers' secret weapon and said both he and Brandon Ingram are off limits in trade talks.

"Our secret weapon is Larry Nance," said Johnson, "we’ve gotten calls from a lot of teams wanting to trade for him and Brandon Ingram and we’ve said no. Larry is such a fundamentally sound basketball player." Nance could definitely serve as an X-factor for the Lakers, but playing behind Ingram and Julius Randle will limit his upside. Nance might be worth a late-round flier, but he's a more appealing prospect in deep leagues.
Sep 13 - 12:09 PM

Andrew Bogut (tibia) will get a final bone scan on Tuesday and expects to be cleared for a full return, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

There are reportedly four teams pursuing Bogut, and he hopes to sign a new contract next week. The Celtics had been linked to Bogut earlier this offseason and now have an open roster spot as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade. Bogut makes sense for Boston, as they could use another rebounder and rim protector.
Sep 12 - 1:49 PM

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Lakers are planning to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey before the Warriors game on December 18th.

It is apparently still undetermined if the Lakers will retire No. 8 or No. 24. Kobe played his entire 20-year career with Los Angeles, which is a record for most seasons played with one franchise. He currently ranks third on the NBA's all-time regular season scoring list and fourth in postseason points.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 12 - 12:15 PM

Kyle Kuzma said he's focused more on defense for his rookie season and wants to be a two-way player over his career.

"Rookie year’s gonna be hard enough [with] playing all the games and getting used to guarding the heavy names every night," Kuzma said. "For me it’s just defense. Offense is gonna come, because I can score the ball." Larry Nance Jr. has taken Kuzma under his wing along, which is interesting because Kuzma could take minutes from Nance. If the Lakers do want to run more small-ball lineups, the No. 27 pick could somehow find himself getting minutes. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues yet.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 8 - 3:51 PM

Lonzo Ball worked out at the team facility on Thursday.

If summer league is any indication, the Lakers figure to be among the league leaders in pace with Ball possibly hitting double-digit dimes in his rookie season. For what it's worth, Mark Jackson in 1987-88 is the only rookie to ever average double-digit dimes at 10.6, which led to his Rookie of the Year award. Ball is Vegas' favorite for ROY and he'll be a trendy fantasy pick in the middle rounds.
Sep 7 - 5:38 PM

Luol Deng has been working out in England during his basketball camp.

He was expected to make a full recovery from his torn pectoral surgery and it looks like he will indeed be ready for camp. The Lakers are likely going to try to unload Deng at some point this year, but it won't be easy with him on the books through 2019-20. If Brandon Ingram can take a step forward and Kyle Kuzma builds off his fantastic summer league, Deng may not play too often in 2017-18.
Source: Deng Camp
Sep 6 - 4:00 PM

Brandon Ingram said the improvement on his shot mechanics has made him more comfortable.

Like most players, Ingram also said he's adding more to his game. "I’m focused on ball-handling, running off screens, scoring in the mid-post and attacking the rim," he said. "On the defensive end, I want to get quicker laterally and I’m trying to use my length to block more shots." Ingram's shooting was a problem at just 31.6 percent on his jumpers last season, including just 33.1 percent when he was wide open. After a strong showing in summer league before a mild injury, Ingram will be someone to watch as a target in the later rounds.
Sep 6 - 3:37 PM

The Lakers have been fined $500,000 for violating the NBA's anti-tampering rules.

The good news for the Lakers is that they won't be forced to cough up any draft picks. Per the NBA, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka expressed his interest in Paul George to his agent while he was still under contract with the Pacers. This was Los Angeles' second strike, as Magic Johnson hinted strongly during an April 20 national TV appearance that he would pursue George as a free agent. For what it's worth, the investigation didn't find any evidence of a deal in place for George to join Los Angeles in 2018. Thunder fans can breathe for now.
Aug 31 - 1:03 PM

Andrew Bogut's camp had "preliminary contact" with the Celtics this week, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

The Celtics now have a roster spot with their Kyrie Irving trade, so they could opt to get some depth behind Al Horford -- they could even use Horford at the four next to Bogut in some matchups. Bogut is targeting the season opener and may be close to full basketball activity, but he won't be playing big minutes on basically any team.
Aug 25 - 3:55 PM

V.J. Beachem has agreed to a partially guaranteed, training camp deal with the Lakers.

The undrafted forward out of Notre Dame put in averages of 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 triples and 1.1 blocks per game during his senior season, and he'll now try and earn a spot on the regular-season roster in Los Angeles.
Aug 9 - 1:18 PM

Stephen Zimmerman is set to sign a partially guaranteed, training camp deal with the Lakers.

The Lakers already have a very solid backup big man in Ivica Zubac, so even if Zimmerman lasts beyond training camp, he wouldn't be anything more than the third-string center on the roster.
Aug 9 - 11:53 AM


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