Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Jordan Clarkson has reached an agreement on a four-year, $50 million deal to stay with the Lakers.

The Gilbert Arenas rule meant Clarkson could have maxed out at $61 million on four years, so this is a fine deal for the Lakers. Clarkson will resume his role with minutes in the low 30s in what should be a faster, more-productive Lakers offense. Coach Luke Walton could maximize Clarkson, so he's on the radar as a mid-round pick in his age-24 season.
Jul 1 - 3:58 AM

The Lakers and Timofey Mozgov have agreed to a four-year, $65 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

He's the first unrestricted deal to get done, which is saying something for a guy who saw four DNP-CDs in the final 10 games of the postseason. The Lakers really needed a center, so this is what they believed his market value would be. Mozgov's annual average salary will in the neighborhood of John Wall, who voiced his displeasure about Reggie Jackson matching his pay. Obviously, these contracts will be huge this month. Expect Mozgov to get more minutes with the Lakers than with the Cavs.
Jul 1 - 1:15 AM

The Lakers are making a serious run at free agent center Timofey Mozgov according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Lakers only have one center under contract in rookie Ivica Zubac, so this would be a nice landing spot for Mozgov. With that said, Mozgov looked like a shell of himself in Cleveland last season and eventually fell out of the rotation, posting averages of 6.3 points, 4.4 boards and 0.8 blocks in 17.4 minutes. Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers are in serious talks on the framework of a four-year, $65 million deal.
Jul 1 - 12:10 AM

The 76ers have discussed pursuing restricted free agent Jordan Clarkson, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 76ers aren't tanking anymore and will have some money to spend. The Lakers are almost certainly going to match most offers, especially now that they have Kobe Bryant's contract off the books. Clarkson shot a respectable 34.7 percent from deep last season and became a little better off the ball.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 7:11 PM

Unrestricted free agent Brandon Bass is on the Wolves' radar.

The Wolves just let Greg Smith go, so they'll be looking for some bench depth. If Kevin Garnett decides not to come back and the Wolves can't bring in another big man, Bass could be looking at minutes. Given the durability of Karl-Antohny Towns and Gorgui Dieng last year, there's not much to like about Bass' fantasy value with Minnesota.
Jun 30 - 6:29 PM

Carlos Boozer has been working out in Miami for the past year in the hopes of making an NBA comeback.

"Right now my body feels great. I feel terrific," said Boozer. "I have been working out hard all year, and I miss the game. I want to play again." Boozer said that he's hopeful he can latch on with a team in a mentorship role, meaning if he does sign somewhere, he'll have zero fantasy value.
Jun 30 - 4:20 PM

Timofey Mozgov is drawing interest from the Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors and Spurs, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Mozgov was absolutely awful in 2015-16 and it's likely that all of these teams view the big man as a low-rent insurance policy at best. He's not going to be on the fantasy radar unless something very unexpected happens.
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Marcelo Huertas.

The 33 year old played well in his reserve role with the Lakers last season, but he's not a guy that will be a worthwhile asset in most leagues. The Lakers will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market, but it would be surprising to see that number go too far over the veteran's minimum.
Jun 30 - 2:41 PM

The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Tarik Black, making him a restricted free agent.

Black isn't going to be a major priority for any clubs, but he could receive some interest once the major players are off the board. He won't be anything more than a backup wherever he winds up, so his fantasy value will be nil in most formats.
Jun 30 - 2:39 PM

The Lakers have declined to extend a qualifying offer to Ryan Kelly.

He's just not very good, and it would be surprising to see him on a different team next season. Kelly will be an unrestricted free agent, but don't expect him to sign anywhere until the major players are off the board. He'll be a non-factor in nearly all fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 2:33 PM

The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Jordan Clarkson.

Clarkson will be a restricted free agent, but it would be absolutely shocking to see him leave Los Angeles. He's stated on multiple occasions that his preference would be to re-sign with the Lakers, and the Lakers will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market. With Kobe Bryant now retired, Clarkson could be in for a career year.
Jun 30 - 2:30 PM

The Knicks are reportedly interested in Timofey Mozgov, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Mozgov is an unrestricted free agent this summer and Begley reports there is mutual interest between he and the Knicks. The 29-year-old could provide the Knicks with a lower-cost alternative to Joakim Noah, but he won't have much fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues no matter where he signs.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 11:22 AM

New Lakers head coach Luke Walton hinted that his team will target some veterans in free agency.

"You need some vets for sure; some leadership on the court," Walton said. "Even if it’s vets that aren’t playing big minutes, as a coaching staff it’s our job to hold them accountable. As a player, you learn just as much if not more from the vets on your team when you’re young and trying to find your way on how to do things the right way and how to work and what should be done on long road trips to take care of yourself — and all these things. A lot of that comes from veteran leadership. I think that we will be searching out some guys like that. Obviously with the cap space we have, we’ll be searching out some All-Star caliber players as well. You kind of try to make a nice mixture of all that."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:12 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the comparisons between Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant are "unfair."

"Obviously it's unfair," Kupchak said. "I can see why people would make the comparison. I think they’re both gifted players. If you look at their time in college as freshmen, the similarities are striking in terms of size, body build and body type. But beyond that, Brandon has a long, long way to go. He’s got a lot of work in front of him. Having said that, we’re ecstatic to have him." While Kupchak also admitted that there was great interest in the No. 2 pick, there was clearly nothing good enough for him to pass up on a chance to select Ingram. Finally, new head coach Luke Walton said that what most impressed him about Ingram was his "ability to make reads on the court defensively is one of the favorite things I've seen him do."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:09 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak heaped praise on Ivica Zubac, the No. 32 overall selection in last week's NBA draft.

"He’s young and he’s big and he’s got skills," Kupchak said. "He did remind me of NBA players that, in this league, have made it. But he is a young player. So if he continues to work hard and develop, he has a chance to stick in this league and be a good player." Although Kupchak wants Zubac to play for LA's summer league squad, that might not happen since the big man remains under contract in Europe. Having said that, he is expected to exercise his NBA-out and join the Lakers for his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:01 PM


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