Player News - Lakers

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Luke Walton said he is a "big fan" of Larry Nance.

"I'm a big fan of Nance," Walton said. "You're going to have superstars that end up on 'SportsCenter' every night, but you need guys that are going to be into doing the little things and making the right plays. Defensively, he seems to always be in the right place, getting his hands on loose balls and getting second and third opportunities on the offensive glass." Nance's role will be dependent upon what the Lakers do in the offseason, and it's not a lock Walton has the same interest in playing him alongside Julius Randle that Byron Scott previously showed.
May 2 - 2:01 PM

Luke Walton praised Jordan Clarkson's athleticism, saying that the young guard is "constantly in attack mode."

Assuming he returns to the Lakers—which is a virtual certainty with Clarkson entering restricted free agency—it will be interesting to watch how Walton utilizes the dynamic athlete in his inaugural season as head coach. The 36-year-old also praised Clarkson's work ethic, which is arguably his most valuable asset at this stage of his young career. There are a lot of long-term uncertainties in Los Angeles, but Clarkson shouldn't be considered one of them.
May 2 - 1:57 PM

New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

"He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job.
May 2 - 1:53 PM

Luke Walton praised Julius Randle's ability to rebound the basketball.

"That kid averaged 10 rebounds a game as pretty much a rookie? That’s insane. This is a grown-man league," he said. Randle's ability to attack the boards is not in question, but several other areas of his game are and those are the things that will be under Walton's microscope in his first season as the Lakers new head coach.
May 2 - 1:50 PM

Luke Walton is expected to receive a five-year contract worth approximately $25 million to become the Lakers head coach.

In other words, he and Steve Kerr can now share something else in common. The Lakers should introduce Walton at a press conference shortly after Golden State's season concludes, but that could very well not be until the middle of June.
May 2 - 1:44 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he will not run the triangle offense next season.

He said the triangle is not the "most appropriate" offense for the players on the roster. Walton will likely try to incorporate more movement and spacing, which could bode well for D'Angelo Russell.
Apr 30 - 4:28 PM

The Lakers hired Luke Walton as their head coach on a multi-year contract.

Well, this helps explain why the Lakers dumped Byron Scott so late. Walton went 39-4 this season, including an NBA record 24-0 start. He was on the 2009 and 2010 Lakers title teams and is a 10-year vet. Walton will finish this season as the assistant to Steve Kerr before he takes over with his new team. This is a marvelous start for the Lakers after a couple down seasons to get the hottest coaching candidate out there. The next big day for the Lakers will be on lottery day because their draft pick is top-three protected (55 percent chance to keep).
Source: NBA.com
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Luke Walton is reportedly not interested in taking over as the head coach of the Kings.

The Kings are reportedly interested in interviewing Walton for the job, but with the Lakers, Rockets and Knicks also vying for his services, he has more attractive options out there than the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise.
Apr 28 - 3:58 PM

The Rockets have received permission to interview Luke Walton for their vacant head coach position.

Walton helped lead the Warriors to a hot start this season and has no shortage of suitors heading into the offseason. While he'll also interview with the Lakers, Walton will have his choice of jobs and is all but assured of being a head coach somewhere besides Golden State next season.
Apr 28 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers have received permission to interview Luke Walton for their vacant head coach position.

Walton was promoted to lead assist with Golden State last summer and he helped guide the Warriors to a tremendous start this season, raising his profile around the league. He's already familiar with the Lakers' organization and it will be interesting to see if their interest in Walton is mutual.
Apr 27 - 9:06 PM

If the Lakers are unable to pry away Luke Walton from the Warriors to take over the reigns in Los Angeles this offseason, Ettore Messina will reportedly be given a "legit look" from the Lakers' front office.

Messina, currently an assistant coach for the Spurs, was a legend in Europe and is widely respected around the league. Walton has not responded to any potential head coaching vacancies, saying that he's only interested in the Dubs current postseason run and that he "loves" his job, but this offseason would be the ideal time for him to assume a head coaching position after what he did as an interim head coach for the Dubs this year.
Apr 27 - 10:30 AM

The Lakers officially fired Byron Scott on Sunday.

Los Angeles issued its press release after most of the east coast had already gone to bed in preparation for Monday's work day. The decision to replace Scott prior to the draft and offseason truly beginning is an indication that the Lakers are in search of a long-term answer, something the team and its young nucleus desperately needs as Los Angeles will now be looking for its sixth head coach since 2011. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers are expected to consider names like Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina and Jeff Van Gundy.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 9:03 AM

The Lakers have fired coach Byron Scott, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Scott was strict with L.A.'s young talent this season, an approach that may not have sat well with the Lakers' decision-makers as they look toward a post-Kobe era. The list of theoretical head coach candidates is long and could include Luke Walton, David Blatt or Jeff Van Gundy, but we should have more concrete reports in the coming days.
Apr 24 - 11:15 PM

Jordan Clarkson said he'd like to return to the Lakers next season.

Clarkson will be a restricted free agent this summer, but would prefer to stay in Los Angeles. "I want to be one of those guys that is not bouncing around from team to team," Clarkson said. "I want to be somewhere where I can come home and leave my mark or legacy or somewhere I can call home. I feel like this is the place I can do that." We'll keep an eye on his situation this summer, but Clarkson stands to see a boost in fantasy value next season with Kobe Bryant retiring.
Apr 21 - 10:59 AM

Brandon Bass will reportedly decline to pickup his player option for the 2016-17 season.

Bass is bound for unrestricted free agency, which is far from surprising given that he was not a great fit with the rebuilding Lakers. Bass will likely try and sign a deal to be a reserve with a contender this offseason, which will render him a non-option in most leagues.
Apr 20 - 10:20 AM


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