Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

V.J. Beachem has agreed to a partially guaranteed, training camp deal with the Lakers.

The undrafted forward out of Notre Dame put in averages of 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 triples and 1.1 blocks per game during his senior season, and he'll now try and earn a spot on the regular-season roster in Los Angeles.
Aug 9 - 1:18 PM

Stephen Zimmerman is set to sign a partially guaranteed, training camp deal with the Lakers.

The Lakers already have a very solid backup big man in Ivica Zubac, so even if Zimmerman lasts beyond training camp, he wouldn't be anything more than the third-string center on the roster.
Aug 9 - 11:53 AM

Briante Weber has reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Lakers.

This is essentially a camp invite, but if he performs well over the course of training camp he might be able to earn himself a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster.
Aug 8 - 4:45 PM

Lakers sign G Vander Blue.

The reigning G League MVP has earned his chance and had another solid summer league in 2017. Blue has been with the Lakers before and dedicated fantasy owners may remember his 48-minute outing in the 2014-15 season finale. Blue isn't a traditional point guard, but he could compete with Tyler Ennis for a backup role.
Aug 4 - 3:56 PM

Magic Johnson, L.A.'s president of basketball operations, said that Jordan Clarkson will play a "major role" for the Lakers next season.

Clarkson will come off the bench behind Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but Magic still has very high praise and lofty expectations. "We felt we put some weapons around (Clarkson) that would even make his game better. I have challenged him because I want him to be Sixth Man of the Year, so I’ve challenged him to play like that," said Johnson. "I think he has the potential, the talent, he’s worked hard this summer."
Aug 2 - 6:51 PM

The Lakers are reportedly "confident" that they could move Jordan Clarkson "if needed" to clear some cap space in 2018.

The Lakers are looking to make a splash during free agency in 2018 when guys such as LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, etc. will become available, and there are some scenarios that exist where the Lakers could entertain the idea of bringing in two max-level free agents next season. The free agency rumors that come out of LA are always fantastical, but the reality is that the Lakers have been swinging and missing on the big name free agents for the past eight years now.
Aug 1 - 5:25 PM

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Vander Blue has agreed to a partially-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.

Blue was named the 2016-17 D-League MVP. He averaged 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals in 47 games. He also played well for the Lakers summer league squad in Las Vegas, averaging 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest. Nonetheless, Blue will have a tough time making the roster and cracking the rotation in L.A. due the Lakers crowded backcourt, which features Lonzo Ball, Tyler Ennis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart.
Jul 29 - 1:05 PM

Hornets waive G Briante Weber.

He destroyed the G League, but Weber didn't do much with the Warriors and Hornets. Reading between the lines, this could be a sign the Hornets are OK with the idea of playing Malik Monk at point guard. Weber should get a non-guaranteed deal for an NBA camp.
Jul 28 - 3:22 PM

Back in June, the Lakers offered Jordan Clarkson or Julius Randle and their No. 27 and 28 picks to the Pacers for Paul George, according to the Orange County Register.

Indiana obviously rejected the offer, opting instead to trade George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Although Clarkson remains with the Lakers, his role will change next season. L.A. traded away D’Angelo Russell, but then drafted Lonzo Ball and signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Clarkson can back up both Ball and KCP, but may have a hard time matching the 29.2 minutes per game he averaged last season, which diminishes his fantasy value.
Jul 28 - 10:13 AM

The Lakers signed Thomas Bryant on a two-year deal.

He played really well for the Lakers as a big-bodied paint filler in summer league, and his 7'6" wingspan helped protect the paint. Bryant did have some conditioning concerns and the Lakers did play him in shorter stints, but giving him a guarantee for this year with a team option for next year is an encouraging sign for the Indiana product.
Jul 27 - 5:10 PM

Corey Brewer is focused primarily on improving his perimeter shooting this offseason, according to Mark Medina of the O.C. Register.

"It’s a work in progress," Brewer said of his shooting. "I feel like by the time the season starts next year, I’ll be ready to go." The 31-year-old veteran hasn't shot better than 29.6 percent from deep since 2010-11, despite recent seasons with a Rockets team that emphasized 3-pointers, so a perimeter renaissance is doubtful. It's hard to envision him having a fantasy impact in L.A.
Jul 26 - 10:23 PM

Julius Randle has reportedly trimmed his body fat to six percent this summer, after finishing the 2016-17 season at 13 percent.

Magic Johnson recently challenged his team, vowing that out-of-shape players won't get many minutes, and Randle seems to have immediately responded. He weighs 243 pounds, 15 fewer than last season, and (unlike glowing summer reports about other players) there are numerous pictures which appear to verify his offseason transformation. The fourth-year forward said that he's ready to play "positionless basketball," and we'll keep a close eye on him throughout the offseason.
Jul 26 - 9:20 PM

Tyler Ennis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum.

Ennis is currently the No. 2 point guard on the roster, but the Lakers are expected to sign a veteran to mentor Lonzo Ball, which would likely push Ennis to third string. Ennis shouldn't be on the floor enough to have any sort of impact in fantasy hoops. Ennis' contract carries a team option on Year-2, which gives the Lakers some more flexibility for free agency in 2018.
Jul 25 - 4:42 PM

Magic Johnson said that "everybody" inquired about second-year forward Brandon Ingram.

"Anybody that called us wanted him," Johnson said. "We said, ‘No thank you.’" In other words, he's untouchable in trade talks. Ingram didn't live up to the hype during his rookie season, but Johnson and coach Luke Walton are still very high on his potential and called him the team's hardest worker. "It’s definitely a good compliment," Ingram said. "I definitely want to show that I’m going to be a reliable guy to put in the work. I’ll do everything I can to reach my potential." If his only game at the Summer League was any indication (26 points, one rebound, three assists, five turnovers, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer), Ingram could be poised for a big step forward in 2017-18.
Jul 23 - 11:20 AM

Lonzo Ball had an MRI on his right calf on Tuesday.

The MRI confirmed that he has a mild strain and he's expected to be fine in a week or two. The Lakers are expected to sign a veteran PG this week to mentor Ball, but the starting job belongs to the rookie. After averaging 16.3 points, a league-leading 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in Vegas, fantasy owners will have to target Ball in the middle rounds if they want him.
Jul 18 - 10:27 PM


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