Player News - Lakers

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Steve Nash will officially stay with the Lakers this season after the deadline for the 'stretch provision' passed this weekend.

The Lakers could have waived Nash and stretched his $9.7 million salary over three years, but they opted to pair him with Jeremy Lin at PG. Nash is reportedly "pain-free" after battling chronic nerve damage last season, but at 40 years old he remains an extreme injury risk for fantasy owners.
Source: L.A. Times
Sep 2 - 4:54 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is looking to bounce back from two season-ending injuries. If he can return to anything close to his 2012-2013 pre-injury form, he could be a steal at his current mid-3rd-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Laker's reporter Mike Trudell projects Jeremy Lin to start at point guard.

He is expected to join Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill in the starting lineup. Steve Nash will come off the bench, and there's really no way the Lakers give him significant minutes following last season. Lin probably won't run the offense much next to Kobe, so he's only a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:23 PM

Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day.
Aug 26 - 1:53 PM

Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness.
Aug 25 - 6:49 PM

The Lakers officially signed G Jordan Clarkson on Monday.

The Lakers took Clarkson with the No. 46 pick in the 2014 draft, and he will provide emergency depth to the Lakers' bench. He averaged 15.8 points, and 5.0 rebounds through five games with the Lakers' Summer League squad, but it will take a couple of injuries for the rookie to become relevant during the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 25 - 5:36 PM

Kobe Bryant said his body can't do the things it used to be able to do in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week.

He said he will have to learn what his body can do and he'll also have to be sharper on the court. Also in the interview, Dr. Alan Beyer had some comments on Bryant's recovery. "I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Beyer. Kobe actually had a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2013, so it would be a major feat for him to play that well. If he slips in your draft, don't be afraid to take a chance.
Aug 23 - 10:18 AM

Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes," according to coach Byron Scott.

"We know he’s a rookie and needs to develop, and a lot of that will come in training camp and in practice," Scott said. "I think he’ll do just that." The addition of Carlos Boozer casts some doubt on Randle's outlook in his rookie season, but there is still a lot to like after he looked great in Las Vegas. He's a solid late-round target in standard leagues, as long as you're able to exercise some patience.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 8:49 PM

The Lakers are expected to add Jim Eyen as an assistant coach on Byron Scott's staff, according to sources.

Eyen has been an assistant coach in the NBA for 22 years, with his most recent stint being with the Kings in 2012 under Keith Smart. Eyen will bring experience to the Lakers bench.
Aug 18 - 6:34 PM

Nick Young said he doesn't keep tattoos on his right arm because it's "strictly for buckets."

Well, OK then. Swaggy P is heavily tattooed on his left arm and places all over his body, so this is about as Swaggy of an answer as he's given. After a career year in 2013-14, Young should take a back seat on offense with Kobe Bryant healthy.
Aug 16 - 9:36 AM

Jordan Clarkson is expected to sign with the Lakers before training camp.

He was the Lakers' star of summer league and is a great bet to make the team. Summer league coach Mark Madsen suggested Clarkson will be more of a point guard, so he might have a tough time getting minutes while Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin are both healthy.
Aug 11 - 9:33 AM

Free agent G/F MarShon Brooks signed with the Italian team Olimpia Milano this week.

Brooks barely played last season before joining the Lakers, with whom he averaged 6.4 points in 13 minutes per game, and that wasn't enough to earn him a guaranteed NBA contract this summer. This may not be the final chapter in his NBA career but fantasy owners can safely dismiss him.
Aug 10 - 5:58 PM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Byron Scott hinted that Ed Davis could play some center for the Lakers on Friday.

"I like Ed's size," Scott said. "He's very good around the basket and can also block shots. He's gonna have to play in the post." There are probably about 20-24 minutes up for grabs at center behind Jordan Hill and Davis has logged minutes at center before, but he didn't fare well. Although, before he made his debut with the Grizzlies on Feb. 1, 2012, Davis was fantastic back in January 2012 with the Raptors, averaging 13.9 points 8.1 boards and 1.0 blocks in the month. Still, he didn't perform at Memphis and is not on the fantasy radar in most leagues while Hill is healthy.
Aug 9 - 9:59 AM

Byron Scott said he envisions Jordan Hill will be "getting good minutes at center" this season.

The Lakers are somehow going to try and figure out what to do behind Hill at center. Hill didn't really show he's capable of playing more than 25 minutes over the course of the season, but he'll still be on the radar in fantasy leagues in the later rounds due to lack of competition. Plus, Hill finished strong in April with averages of 16.6 points, 10.1 boards, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals in 29.0 minutes per game.
Source: LA Times
Aug 9 - 9:49 AM


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