Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Oct 25 - 12:50 AM

Julius Randle continued to get better on Friday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

He was awful earlier this month, but he's coming around. Randle looked like a superstar at summer league and there is going to be an adjustment period. He could be a nice asset in a couple months, but he's not a great target unless you have sage-like patience.
Oct 25 - 12:47 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.

He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option.
Oct 25 - 12:45 AM

Ronnie Price left Friday's game with a sore right knee and will not return.

The Lakers will re-evaluate Price on Saturday and they can only hope the injury isn't serious, as Steve Nash's season-ending nerve damage has left them thin at PG. If Price is forced to miss any games, rookie Jordan Clarkson could be thrust into an unexpectedly big role on opening night.
Oct 24 - 10:50 PM

The Lakers will apply for disabled player exception following the injury to Steve Nash (back).

They're very likely to get the exception, which will be worth around $4.9 million. The team is looking to add a point guard, but Jeremy Lin's minutes are safe.
Oct 24 - 7:22 PM

Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers are "probably going to have to look for another" point guard.

Jeremy Lin's minutes are safe, but Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson could potentially lose out on playing time. Price is only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Oct 24 - 4:28 PM

Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds.
Oct 23 - 8:30 PM

Steve Nash is expected to miss all of the 2014-15 season because of nerve damage to his back, according to the team..

Wow. Nash has already suffered a back injury reportedly from carrying a bag, and there was never really a chance he'd be able to make it through the year unscathed. Sadly, his career might be over, but he'll be a first-ballot Hall of Fame player without a doubt. Jeremy Lin is a terrific target in the later rounds while Ronnie Price is a lock to make the team. If the Lakers start losing, rookie Jordan Clarkson will get in the mix.
Oct 23 - 7:58 PM

Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

"Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
Source: ESPN LA
Oct 23 - 12:55 PM

Julius Randle told reporters that he wants to be the next Kobe Bryant.

After a slow start to the preseason, the rookie has turned things around and is thinking big. "People used to tell me I’m going to be the next Shaq," said Randle. "I said, ‘I don’t want to be the next Shaq. I want to be the next Kobe.’ I always dribbled the ball everywhere I went." Randle's fantasy value is limited as he'll play behind Carlos Boozer to start the season, but he's a player to keep an eye on if he's able to able to leapfrog the veteran on the Lakers' depth chart.
Oct 23 - 12:07 PM

With Kobe Bryant sitting out on Wednesday, Wayne Ellington started at SG and had 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

If Kobe goes down at some point, Ellington may be worth keeping an eye on, but that's about it.
Oct 23 - 12:44 AM

Rookie Jordan Clarkson returned from his calf injury and had six points, two rebounds and a steal in 15 minutes.

He hit 3-of-5 shots and looked great at Summer League this year, but it's still doubtful he'll be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year.
Oct 23 - 12:43 AM

Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned.
Oct 23 - 12:40 AM

Julius Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and no blocks in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

The Blazers sat most of their starters and Randle looked good against their bench players. He'll come off the bench for the Lakers, but tonight was a good sign for his fantasy value. Consider him late in your draft, but chances are you can find more of a sure thing to draft. He'll be playing behind Carlos Boozer (who didn't look great tonight) until further notice.
Oct 23 - 12:38 AM

Ronnie Price got another start on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting.

Jeremy Lin came off the bench again and a position battle appears to be underway. But once Lin is completely over his ankle injury and the regular season starts, we still expect Lin to get the majority of minutes at PG - assuming Steve Nash is in street clothes.
Oct 23 - 12:36 AM


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