Player News - Lakers

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The Lakers selected Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

Mykhailiu is originally from Ukraine but played his college ball at Kansas. He averaged 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior last season, and was named to the All-Big XII Second Team. At the combine, he measured 6’7.75 in shoes, but remarkably had just a 6’4.75 wingspan.
Jun 21 - 11:36 PM

With the 39th pick in the draft, the Lakers selected 18-year-old forward Isaac Bonga.

Bonga is a 6'9" forward who recently played for the Frankfurt Skyliners, and he's expected to remain overseas for at least one more year. It's doubtful that he'll be a fantasy asset in the near future.
Jun 21 - 11:15 PM

The Lakers selected Moritz Wagner with the 25th pick in the draft.

The German big man does get the comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki after making 39.4% from deep over the last two seasons at Michigan. Wagner is just a shade under seven feet tall, but he’s not much of a shot blocker with only 0.4 blocks per game over his last two years. Offensively, he’s been deadly with a 63.4 TS% over his 77 starts, averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 boards over his senior season. If the Lakers do go all out on adding stars, they may need Wagner to play some minutes.
Jun 21 - 10:13 PM

Lonzo Ball has been "the one constant" on a potential piece to go to Cleveland in a LeBron James sign-and-trade deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

That makes sense for the Lakers because the Spurs are reportedly not likely to deal for him. Ball is still recovering from his PRP treatment in his knee, but he should be ready to roll for training camp. Expect plenty of LaVar Ball talk in the coming weeks.
Jun 16 - 9:04 PM

The Spurs are unlikely to acquire Lonzo Ball in a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

"Don't hold your breath," Woj said. He added that the Lakers having interest in Kawhi is a lot like how the Lakers had interest in Paul George, which makes sense because Kawhi and PG both were heading into a contract year when trade requests were announced. Maybe the Lakers can somehow work a three-way deal, but it's no secret that the Ball family likes Los Angeles.
Jun 15 - 3:14 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) said he is "100 percent and fully healthy."

Ball, who missed the final two weeks of the regular season, had a platelet-rich plasma shot to treat and strengthen his left knee and stayed off the knee for about a month. He said he was able to resume basketball-related activities on the court last week. "I just got back [on the court]," Ball said. "But I have been lifting weights. Nothing stopped me from doing that. I just got back on the court though, but everything is feeling good."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 10:21 AM

Moritz Wagner will work out for the Hawks on Tuesday.

Melvin Frazier, Isaiah Wilkins, Trevon Bluiett, Elijah Brown and Elijah Stewart will join Wagner in Tuesday's workout, with Frazier and Wagner being two very realistic late-first, early-second-round options for the Hawks. Wagner would give the Hawks some size in the post, while Frazier would fit in as a sort of 3-and-D guy on the wings.
Jun 4 - 5:50 PM

Former Michigan big man Moritz Wagner was one of six prospects who worked out for the Lakers on Sunday.

He's projected to be a second rounder and the Lakers own the 25th and 47th picks. They could be looking to spend that 47th pick on Wagner as a potential back up to Brook Lopez. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in his final season with the Wolverines.
Source: Sportando
Jun 3 - 2:07 PM

LaVar Ball blamed the Lakers' training staff for Lonzo Ball's injury issues during his rookie season.

We hadn't heard from LaVar in a little while, but the circus is back in town. "If you’re going to be doing those [workouts with] rubber-bands like that dude Gunnar [Peterson] has him doing, that [is] bullsh*t training. That’s what I call it," said the elder Ball. "Sh*t, he wasn’t like that when I brought him over there. When he first came [to the Lakers], he never got hurt. He was never hurt." Cleary, Ball believes he is more knowledgeable on training athletes than the Lakers' head trainer. L.A. will do their best to ignore this nonsense.
May 26 - 10:37 AM

Brandon Ingram has been working out in North Carolina and has looked stronger this offseason, according to former college teammate Grayson Allen.

Muscle Watch: Hearsay Edition? Ingram has been expected to add some weight this summer in hopes he can play more four. His thinner frame may also have affected his health this season. The Lakers almost certainly won't be trading him unless it's to set up a super-team roster. If he can improve his shooting, he could take a step forward in fantasy.
May 25 - 5:08 PM

Kyle Kuzma said that Lonzo Ball has been hitting the weights hard since the Lakers' season ended.

"Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing," Kuzma said of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. "He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room." Ball missed 30 games his rookie year, so hopefully, bulking up some will help him stay on the court more during his second NBA season.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 12:12 PM

Though both Julius Randle and the Lakers have expressed interest in him staying in Los Angeles, Randle's camp is unsure of the mutuality.

"We still have no indication of where Julius stands among the Lakers' priorities," Randle's agent Aaron Mintz said. "Or if he is a priority at all." The Lakers had the opportunity to extend Randle's contract by October 2017 but didn't. He wore a hoodie to a game this season that said "Pay Me" on it, so clearly it rubbed him the wrong way. Randle is a restricted free agent, but the Mavericks are one team that are expected to pursue him. He played all 82 games in 2017-18 and averaged 16.1 points and 8.0 boards per game.
May 21 - 12:07 PM

According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, no player is "untouchable" on the Lakers roster.

Ganguli adds that the Lakers would prefer to keep their young core together and that they aren't actively shopping anyone. The Lakers have been preserving their cap space for the free agent market in 2018 and 2019 and have been linked to names such as LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins. For what it's worth, Magic Johnson deemed Brandon Ingram as "untouchable" last summer.
May 20 - 12:34 PM

While the Lakers "like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades," according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times.

The report states that Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle or Josh Hart could all be had for the right price. This isn't shocking, as the Lakers have long been planning to make a major push for LeBron James and/or Paul George this summer. If it takes moving one of their young studs to make that happen, the Lakers won't hesitate.
May 19 - 1:29 PM

Isaiah Thomas tweeted on Wednesday that he's "finally pain-free."

Thomas elected to undergo surgery to repair his hip back in March, a decision that he probably should have made during last year's playoffs, but he should be 100% healthy by the time training camp comes around. It's unclear exactly where Thomas will play next year, but there's no way anyone will be giving him the max after a disastrous 2017-18 season.
May 16 - 12:45 PM


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