Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Luke Walton is that skeptical Larry Nance (knee) will be able to get back to the court this week.

Nance recently went through some 1-on-1 work with Ivica Zubac, but he's still yet to go through a full practice with the team, and until that happens he won't be getting back to the court. As long as Nance is on the sidelines, Julius Randle will continue to see his playing time in the mid-30s.
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

Tarik Black (left ankle) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Denver.

He was a full participant during shootaround, so he should be out there tonight. However, Black is only averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Jan 17 - 2:24 PM

Jordan Clarkson (ankle) and Tarik Black (ankle) are expected to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Both guys were active at shootaround, and this ankle injury for Clarkson seemingly came out of nowhere (he hasn't missed any games because of it), so owners can go ahead and get him on the active roster. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off.
Jan 17 - 2:22 PM

Tarik Black (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Black was previously dealing with a right ankle sprain, so this is a new injury. If he's out, Thomas Robinson would likely soak up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much, as Black only averages 15 minutes a night.
Jan 16 - 4:00 PM

Jordan Clarkson (sprained right ankle) and Tarik Black (sprained left ankle) are being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

It's unclear exactly when Clarkson suffered this ankle injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, guys like Lou Williams, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram would all have the opportunity to see an uptick in minutes. Blacks absence would translate to more minutes for Thomas Robinson.

D'Angelo Russell bounced back on Sunday with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

Russell's playing time was actually down tonight, tying his lowest mark since Dec. 27, but it was nice to see him knocking down some shots -- in his previous three games, he averaged just 7.7 points on 9-of-34 shooting (26.5 percent). He has terrific breakout potential, and his recent shooting slump presented an ideal buy-low situation.
Jan 16 - 2:11 AM

Lakers' center Ivica Zubac finished Sunday's home loss to the Pistons with four points, five boards, two blocks and one assist in nine minutes.

The Lakers intend to get 19-year-old Zubac more minutes as the season continues. Lakers coach Luke Walton said the staff is "making an effort to get Zubac more minutes ... He's been working hard and playing well in practices." He's an interesting rest-of-season option, but doesn't have much appeal for owners who need immediate value.
Jan 16 - 12:57 AM

Luol Deng returned from a rest day on Sunday with two points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal, making 1-of-6 shots in a team-high 36 minutes of action.

Deng has had some nice stretches for the Lakers this year, but his rest-of-season outlook is shaky at best. As a 13-year veteran on a team that should increasingly emphasize player development down the stretch, Deng is a borderline cut in 12-team leagues.
Jan 16 - 12:37 AM

Lakers coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to keep being aggressive despite his recent shooting slump.

"If it’s a good shot and if his defender is under him, I want him shooting those 3s," Walton said. "I want him being aggressive. I’d rather him err on being the side of being too aggressive than too cautious at this point. He knows that." Russell has been held to single-digit points in each of his last three games on a combined 9-of-34 shooting, but Walton is confident that the PG will turn things around. Russell is a nice buy-low player and will look to get back on track vs. the Pistons on Sunday.
Jan 15 - 12:05 PM

D'Angelo Russell made 1-of-7 from the field for five points with six rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes during a blowout 113-97 loss to the Clippers on Saturday.

It's not fun to go against Chris Paul. Russell may have ice in his veins, but he also has ice on his jumper, making only 1-of-11 from deep in his last three. The Lakers could keep an eye on his knee injury and he did jam his finger in practice on Wednesday, so maybe that's part of it. We still like him as a buy-low player.
Jan 14 - 6:14 PM

Julius Randle had a bad game against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring four points with eight rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

He did suffer a small injury in this game. Randle sort of tripped over his own foot and tweaked his left ankle. After playing a few possessions, he went down in pain for about a minute and didn't need to miss time. Just keep an eye on this injury for Sunday.
Jan 14 - 6:11 PM

Nick Young scored 11 points with one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

His minutes have taken a hit this month, but some of that is due to the Lakers being blown out for three games in a row. Coach Luke Walton still is trusting Young's defense and he asked him to chase around J.J. Redick in this game. He's almost certainly past his peak on the season and has slowed down in his last five, averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 boards, 0.6 assists and 1.4 treys on just 27.5 percent from the field. If you want to cut him for an upward-trending free agent, go for it. We would cut him for someone like Terrence Jones in a second.
Jan 14 - 6:09 PM

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points with four rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

After a rough three-game streak with 22 points combined before Thursday, that's two solid games for Clarkson with this one and a 14-point game on Thursday in a bad loss to the Spurs. His minutes still aren't where they need to be and he's still only turned in 12th-round value in his last 10, but this recent uptick is encouraging.
Jan 14 - 6:06 PM

Marcelo Huertas scored four points with two assists in 12 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He actually played in the rotation before garbage time, but it was more of a desperation move because the Lakers were down big early. Huertas won't be in the rotation most nights.
Jan 14 - 5:59 PM

Lou Williams got the start at small forward for Luol Deng (rest) against the Clippers on Saturday, making 4-of-12 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

The Lakers used him as a small-ball three in the preseason and thought it might work against Austin Rivers, but it didn't go as planned. Williams is really seeing a sharp decline in playing time, averaging just 19.0 per game in his previous January games. The Lakers are playing their younger guys more, so he's a cut candidate in shallower formats due to his trouble with efficiency.
Jan 14 - 5:57 PM


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