Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram.

Ingram signed his rookie deal on Tuesday, making the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft an official member of the Lakers. Ingram will likely open the season backing up Luol Deng, so we may not see much fantasy value out of him until later in the season. While he possesses tons of upside, Ingram is better left to the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 1:24 PM

Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.

While terms weren't disclosed, the Lakers officially signed Jianlian to what is believed to be a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Yi looked good during the Olympics, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes as he's not even a lock to make the final roster.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 10:08 AM

The Lakers are expected to sign Brandon Ingram on Tuesday.

There was never really any doubt Ingram wouldn't get his deal done and this is more about timing. Ingram played five games in Las Vegas Summer League, making just 41.2 percent from the field. He'll likely back up Luol Deng to start his NBA career.
Aug 22 - 9:57 PM

The Lakers will sign undrafted forward Zach Auguste.

Terms of the contract are not known, but it's likely just a training camp deal. Auguste played for the Lakers during the summer league and averaged 14.0 points and 10.8 boards during his senior year at Notre Dame. Expect to see him in the D-League.
Aug 22 - 9:11 AM

Larry Nance's right wrist is "close to completely healed," according to the Lakers.

He had two weeks of rehab from his sprained wrist in Summer League. Nance is going to be competing for minutes at both forward spots under coach Luke Walton. He's a better fit for an up-tempo system, so he's worth watching in training camp.
Aug 18 - 7:35 PM

Timofey Mozgov (groin) went through a full practice with the Russian national team on Wednesday.

He didn't have any pain and has been cleared to play after missing Russia's past two games. Lakers fans already worried about his $65 million contract can breathe a sigh of relief, as he should at least report to training camp in good health.
Source: L.A. Times
Aug 17 - 11:45 PM

Yi Jianlian's contract is not guaranteed for the veteran's minimum, but it can increase to $8 million with incentives, according to Mike Bresnahan of TWC SportsNet.

It's an interesting contract to help the cap flexibility right away. Jianlian was really good in the post during the Olympics, but he really struggled in his last NBA stint. Perhaps the best thing on Yi is he's known as The Chairman for his workout against a chair in 2007. He's not a lock to make the roster.
Aug 17 - 5:03 PM

The Lakers are ready to move on from Nick Young as they really commit to the youth movement in Los Angeles, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

It's no secret that the Lakers have been actively shopping Young for some time now, and if they aren't able to find a suitable trade partner, it sounds like they're willing to just cut their losses and waive him. Swaggy P is a funny character, but an annoying guy to own in fantasy hoops.
Aug 17 - 1:33 PM

Updating a previous report, Yi Jianlian is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the Lakers in the $8 million range.

While the deal isn't official just yet, Yi's old team in China has already released a statement saying they wish him the best on his future in the NBA. Yi didn't make much of an impact during his first five years in the league, owning career-averages of just 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 40.4 percent shooting. The Lakers reportedly want to use Yi as their backup center behind Timofey Mozgov, but we just don't envision him cracking the standard league equation as a reserve in Los Angeles.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 12:48 PM

Kobe Bryant envisions Brandon Ingram developing into a solid two-way player.

"I think he plays with great tempo, great pace," Bryant said. "I like his length. His ball-handling ability is very good. He can get to spots on the floor. I think defensively he has the potential to be fantastic as well." Bryant added that he's let all the guys on the Lakers roster know he's around if they'd like to pick his brain, or get in some early-morning workouts with the Laker legend. Ingram has a ton of potential, but the presence of Luol Deng could stunt his development.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 17 - 11:00 AM

Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that D'Angelo Russell has "developed very nicely" this summer.

"There's certain things he's really picked up on," Bryant said. "Body positioning, using his size to be able to get to places. Recognizing defensive packages and where to position guys on the floor. He's developed very nicely over the summer." With Kobe now in retirement the Lakers’ franchise will be guided by Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram. Russell is going to have a ton of opportunity playing in Luke Walton's uptempo offense, so he'll make for an intriguing late-middle round selection on draft day.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 17 - 10:50 AM

The Lakers will reportedly sign Yi Jianlian for the veteran's minimum.

Jianlian was impressive playing for Team China at the 2016 Olympic Games, but he'll be joining a crowded frontcourt in Los Angeles featuring Julius Randle and Larry Nance. He's unlikely to earn enough minutes with the Lakers to make a difference in standard settings.
Aug 17 - 10:24 AM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Lakers are in advanced discussions with China star Yi Jianlian to bring him back to the NBA.

Jianlin hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season, but the 28-year-old probably caught the Lakers' eye at Rio. He's averaging 20.4 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 treys for China this summer, but it's tough to see him having a significant role with Julius Randle and Larry Nance around.
Aug 16 - 10:26 PM

The Lakers have until the end of August to waive Nick Young under the stretch provision, should they choose to do so.

Young isn't expected to remain with the Lakers this upcoming season, and if the Los Angeles franchise is unable to find a trade partner, they could just outright waive him. Over the past two seasons, Swaggy P has connected on just 35.4 percent of his shot attempts, and it's unlikely that he'll be able to land in a situation that will present him the opportunity to establish himself as a standard league asset this upcoming season.
Aug 16 - 5:29 PM

Nick Young said he and D'Angelo Russell will "be able to work it out" after their problems last season.

"I can’t be mad forever," Young said. He's not exactly having the best offseason with his breakup from pop star Iggy Azalea while he's also on thin ice to stay on the Lakers' roster. Young did add the addition of coach Luke Walton will be "a breath of fresh air" after last season. He's still doubtful to make the Lakers next year.
Aug 15 - 3:52 PM


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