Player News - Lakers

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Tyler Ennis scored five points in his Lakers' debut on Sunday, adding one rebound, one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in eight minutes off the bench.

As long as Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell are healthy, Ennis will remain a non-factor in fantasy hoops.
Feb 26 - 8:57 PM

Thomas Robinson scored nine points in 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday, adding eight boards, four steals and two turnovers.

This was the first time Robinson had seen any action since Jan. 22, so we're obviously going to need to see a repeat performance before recommending him as an add in any format.
Feb 26 - 8:45 PM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting during Sunday's loss to San Antonio, adding one 3-pointer, two boards, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

Ingram also drained his only free throw attempt, giving him a sterling true shooting percentage of 71.2 on the evening to go with his modest 22.4 usage rate. The Lakers have all the incentive to turn their No. 2 pick loose for this final two-month stretch of the 2016-17 season, and while he'll likely be inconsistent, he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues.
Feb 26 - 6:33 PM

Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench.

Since the departure of Lou Williams, Clarkson has seen his usage rate spike to 28.0, up from his pre-break average of 22.9. Head coach Luke Walton has said that he wants Clarkson to be more of a playmaker in the second-unit with Sweet Lou no longer around, so his minutes and usage should continue this upward trend for the final few months of the season.
Feb 26 - 6:26 PM

Julius Randle went 2-of-9 from the field and 2-of-6 from the charity stripe during Sunday's loss to the Spurs, on his way to six points, 12 boards, four assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

Poor free throw shooting and limited contributions on the defensive end has Randle operating with just a 13th round evaluation on the year, and there's a chance he could start losing some minutes to Larry Nance as we approach the end of the 2016-17 season. Randle’s low-upside leaves a lot to be desired in standard leagues, although he’s a much more attractive guy to own in points leagues.
Feb 26 - 6:20 PM

D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

Keeping down the turnovers and scoring efficiently will be key in how high Russell can climb up the rankings, but no matter what, he figures to see a strong boost with Lou Williams no longer in town to mess with his fourth quarter minutes. If he can keep playing like this, then he might be able to flirt with top-50 value to close out the year.
Feb 26 - 6:14 PM

Tyler Ennis will be available on Sunday vs. the Spurs.

The Lakers have waived Marcelo Huertas and they are negotiating a buyout with Jose Calderon, so Ennis will get the chance to be the backup PG in LA behind D'Angelo Russell. The Lakers could very easily use Jordan Clarkson there as well, so it's not a lock that Ennis will see more than a handful of minutes. He's not a pickup in standard leagues.
Feb 26 - 1:51 PM

The Warriors are expected to sign Jose Calderon after his buyout from the Lakers.

The Warriors released Briante Weber today, so clearly they feel they have a great shot at Calderon. The 35-year-old guard won't see much playing time unless Stephen Curry is out of the lineup.
Feb 26 - 1:27 AM

Tyler Ennis said he's been close with Jordan Clarkson since their draft workouts.

"I think we have chemistry right off the bat," Ennis said. Perhaps the Lakers get a look at Tyler Ennis in the second unit due to their lack of depth. With Jose Calderon likely to be bought out and Clarkson playing a lot more two than one, maybe Ennis gets in the rotation. He's not an add almost anywhere unless D'Angelo Russell needs to miss time.
Feb 25 - 4:37 PM

Coach Luke Walton said Jordan Clarkson needs to work on his strength to be a better defender.

"We ask him to guard multiple positions," Walton said about Clarkson's defense. "Sometimes the guy he is guarding is bigger. But as far as his explosiveness and aggression and competitive level, I think he’ll be a good defender the older he gets and stronger he gets." Clarkson did a fine job on Russell Westbrook, who made just 4-of-18 from the field on Friday. Clarkson should trend up now that Lou Williams is gone, so give him a look to see if he can get it going again.
Feb 25 - 3:30 PM

The Lakers and Jose Calderon are exploring their buyout options, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Lakers have no reason to play Calderon as they look to play their younger guys. According to the report, the Warriors and Rockets look to be the favors to sign him assuming the buyout goes through. The Lakers will be leaning more on D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram.
Feb 25 - 2:53 PM

Brandon Ingram scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes vs. the Thunder on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

The arrival of Corey Brewer (four minutes) isn't a concern at all for the rookie. The Lakers had a chance to trade for DeMarcus Cousins, but the talks stalled because the Lakers wouldn't give up Ingram. His development is a priority the rest of the way, but his consistency is a big roadblock for his fantasy value -- he scored a combined 11 points in his last three games before the break. Hopefully the time off will help the rookie.
Feb 24 - 10:47 PM

Nick Young struggled on Friday vs. the Thunder, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shooting (a triple).

Eight of his shots were from beyond the arc and he added five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes. The Lakers were willing to move Young for a second-round pick at the deadline, but obviously couldn't find a suitor. It's good news for Young that he wasn't moved, but keep in mind that the Lakers want D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson to close out more games going forward. Young is a hold if you're relying on his 3-pointers, but his floor is very low.
Feb 24 - 10:42 PM

Ivica Zubac blocked three shots in 27 minutes on Friday vs. the Thunder, adding 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Magic Johnson said earlier in the week that getting Zubac more minutes was a priority, so tonight was very encouraging for his rest-of-season outlook. He shot 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line against a tough OKC frontcourt. Zubac is loaded with upside and won't hurt you in any category, making him a solid pickup in standard leagues. He averages 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes and was shooting 75.0 percent from the line prior to Friday.
Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting on Friday vs. the Thunder.

Coach Luke Walton said Clarkson is going to close out more games with D'Angelo Russell now that Lou Williams is in Denver, and he kept his word tonight. Clarkson added five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two triples, posting a 28.1 usage rate in 29 minutes -- he had a 23.0 usage rate on the season. He's trending up and is a big winner of the Lou Williams trade along with Russell. He's firmly back on the standard-league radar if you're targeting triples and steals.
Feb 24 - 10:31 PM


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