Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Channing Frye said he had an appendectomy.

"I’m pretty sure that i got my appendix removed I’ll be able to dunk at least [three times] a month now," Frye said on Twitter. This probably explains why Frye was out for personal reasons on Thursday and now he’ll be targeting an early March return.
Feb 17 - 5:27 PM

Ivica Zubac scored put up season-highs 19 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes during a 119-111 loss to the Wolves on Thursday.

He only scored 23 points for the entire season before tonight, so this was a shocker. Zubac has reportedly been very impressive in the G League and it looks like the Lakers will go back to giving him minutes. He was really starting to turn the corner last season before a season-ending injury, so maybe the Lakers try it again. He did only play six minutes combined in the last two games, so he still has a lot of work to do before he becomes a hot pickup in standard leagues. He's more of a mystery-box stash in deeper leagues.
Feb 15 - 11:43 PM

Julius Randle scored 23 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals in 31 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

He did have some defensive issues and he fouled out in this loss. Randle should continue to see the lion's share of minutes at power forward and he continues to hang around 32 minutes per game. He also had some momentum coming into this game, averaging 20.3 points, 7.5 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.2 treys. He's kind of peaking.
Feb 15 - 11:36 PM

Isaiah Thomas made 3-of-15 from the field for seven points with one rebound, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 25 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

He's clearly lacking a rapport with his team and he hinted that he had to stand up for himself against Rajon Rondo when he was ejected on Wednesday. Thomas isn't a part of the Lakers' future and it's a mystery what the team will do with him once Lonzo Ball comes back. Expect Thomas to be a mid-round player as long as he's active.
Feb 15 - 11:31 PM

Brook Lopez scored six points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

Just when it looked like Lopez was safe, he lost a lot of run to Ivica Zubac today. Zubac isn't really a high-volume guy, so Lopez should still be able to hit minutes in the 20s almost every night. He also said he wants to stay with the Lakers, so he should still be owned in all leagues.
Feb 15 - 11:30 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

It's still unclear what his role is going to be after the break and it's possible he does lose some run to the younger players. It's also possible he loses his starting job at some point. Still, Caldwell-Pope is playing well enough to be held in standard leagues and his owners can just cross that bridge when they get to it.
Feb 15 - 11:27 PM

Channing Frye (personal) is not with the team and will not play on Thursday against the Wolves.

He did see 11 minutes on Wednesday, but garbage time was a factor. Frye is expected to play with the Lakers and may not be bought out after all. The Lakers and Frye still have two weeks to decide.
Feb 15 - 7:37 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope handed out a season-high eight assists in a losing effort on Wednesday, adding five points, eight rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

The minutes were there, but KCP shot just 2-of-6 from the field without getting to the free-throw line. He's posting a usage rate of 17.4% this season, the lowest mark since his rookie season, and that's likely to trend down with Isaiah Thomas in L.A. and Lonzo Ball (knee) on the mend. In his current role, KCP is just a steals-and-threes specialist.
Feb 15 - 12:03 AM

Josh Hart finished Wednesday's road loss with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

Lonzo Ball (knee) said recently that he feels "good enough to play," but will rest through the All-Star break as a precaution. It will be very interesting to see how coach Luke Walton handles his rotations once his backcourt is complete, but Hart should still find minutes with the versatility to play multiple positions. The same can't be said for veterans like Isaiah Thomas and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, both of whom are on expiring contracts.
Feb 15 - 12:03 AM

Brook Lopez had just eight points, three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Lopez shot 3-of-9 from the field and was ill-equipped for this matchup -- Emeka Okafor brought more energy and physicality in the paint, and the Lakers simply had no answer for small lineups with Anthony Davis at center. Lopez was playing a solid 24+ minutes per game in February, prior to this dud, which is all owners can hope for rest-of-season.
Feb 15 - 12:02 AM

Kyle Kuzma hit 10-of-20 shots for 23 points on Wednesday, going 3-of-8 from downtown with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

Kuzma has really struggled with his shot for the past month, going just 41.2% from the field and 52.2% from the FT line, so this was a nice sight for patient owners. The departure of Larry Nance Jr. can only be viewed as a positive for Kuzma's fantasy value, and maybe resting during the All-Star break week will help him scale the rookie wall.
Feb 15 - 12:02 AM

Gary Payton II logged 17 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring four points with two rebounds and no other stats to his credit.

Isaiah Thomas was ejected early tonight and Lonzo Ball (knee) is out through the break, so L.A. turned to Payton II as a backcourt band-aid. It's interesting that he played ahead of Tyler Ennis (scoreless in five minutes), but this doesn't impact typical fantasy owners.
Feb 15 - 12:01 AM

Isaiah Thomas was ejected early in Wednesday's game after an argument with Rajon Rondo, finishing with three points, two assists and one rebound in five minutes.

Both players were hit with technicals, but they continued to jaw at each other so the refs tossed them both. It looked like Rondo was more of the aggressor in the situation, but neither guy should face further repercussions from the league. Without IT available, we're likely to see a ton of Josh Hart while Tyler Ennis could also crack the rotation.
Feb 14 - 8:47 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) said he feels "good enough to play," but will sit out through the All-Star break and is planning on returning Feb. 23 vs. Dallas.

As expected, Ball will not compete in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Ball said he still feels a little discomfort when he pushes off the left knee on defense. However, he also told reporters that he would be playing now if these were playoff games. Ball plans to get in full-contact, full-speed practices before returning to game action.
Feb 14 - 12:25 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will not return for the Lakers until after the All-Star break.

Ball went through part of Tuesday's practice and "looked good," but L.A. will play it safe since he still felt "a little bit of discomfort." This also makes it unlikely that Ball will play in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend, but coach Luke Walton added that it's not his decision to make. Josh Hart and Isaiah Thomas should soak up Ball's minutes in L.A.'s upcoming back-to-back set.
Feb 13 - 3:31 PM


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