Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Lakers will sign Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas.

Some Samba to go with Mamba? Kidding aside, Huertas is 32 years old and is more of a pick-and-roll point guard, so that might help D'Angelo Russell's development. He's not worth drafting in almost any league.
Aug 31 - 6:00 PM

Jim Buss called D'Angelo Russell a "potential superstar."

Explaining the decision to draft Russell, Buss explained the Lakers' thinking, "It was a long, long process that we decided to go with Russell. He's just very impressive. We saw an upside of being a potential superstar in the league." While Russell didn't look great in preseason, he took his struggles in stride, looked to make improvements and showed flashes of why the Lakers are so high on his future.
Aug 31 - 10:44 AM

D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

"If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier.
Aug 30 - 11:45 AM

Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 6:27 PM

When asked what makes up a core player, Jim Buss said that Jordan Clarkson is the perfect example.

"I don't have a checklist, but I'd say a perfect example would be a Jordan Clarkson," Buss said. "Watching him develop into [what we hoped he would be] ... his work ethic, his style of play, his team, his personality, the way he is with teammates, what he wants in life." The Lakers are obviously thrilled with how their 2014 second-round pick has performed early on in his NBA career, and it's going to be exciting to see how well he plays alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt. Clarkson won't get too many touches with Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams and Russell around, but he still has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds.
Aug 29 - 12:07 PM

Jim Buss said that Roy Hibbert is a "perfect fit" because he allows them to be flexible next summer.

Hibbert is on the last year of his deal which means he could basically be a one-year rental if the Lakers want to move on next summer. Buss also called Hibbert a "stopper" and loves the way he protects the rim, so it sounds like he is going to be given plenty of opportunity to succeed. If you are eyeing boards and blocks in the second half of your fantasy draft, Hibbert is worth a look.
Aug 29 - 10:11 AM

Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns.
Aug 29 - 9:57 AM

Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire.
Aug 28 - 2:28 PM

Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

"We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA.
Aug 28 - 12:25 PM

Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.

"He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk.
Aug 28 - 12:20 PM

Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss said that he is open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season.

"We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of this being Bryant's last season. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant recently turned 37 and is on the last year of his contract, but it's still unclear what his true intentions are. As for fantasy, Bryant has had three major injuries in the past few seasons, so prospective owners should let him fall to the end of the middle rounds.
Aug 28 - 12:03 PM

Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 1:39 PM

Jordan Clarkson watched Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday, but did not participate.

Clarkson has been named to the Philippines' 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Championship, but has yet to be approved by FIBA to play as a natural born player for the Philippines. While Clarkson awaits his FIBA fate, fantasy owners should be planning on targeting the second-year player towards the end of fantasy drafts as he'll struggle to match the big numbers he put up towards the end of the 2014 due to the return of Kobe Bryant and the addition of DeAngelo Russell.
Source: Rappler
Aug 27 - 9:52 AM

The Lakers officially signed G Michael Frazier on Tuesday.

Frazier's contract is reportedly a two-year, partially guaranteed deal, so there are no guarantees he makes LA's opening night roster. If he does make the team, he'll just be an emergency depth guy, and he can safely be ignored in all leagues on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 25 - 2:45 PM

An unnamed NBA general manager said Carlos Boozer's defense may be scaring off potential suitors.

Boozer has said he would like to join a contender, but his defense may end up being a hurtle for the 33-year-old. "What Boozer scores on the offensive end, he quickly gives back on defense," one NBA general manager told SheridanHoops. Boozer has been mulling offers from China as well, but he can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues even if he does hook on with an NBA team.
Aug 25 - 12:24 PM


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