Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:
Pau Gasol - F/C - Lakers

General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

"If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year.
Apr 18 - 2:45 PM

The Lakers plan to pick up Kendall Marshall's $915,000 team option.

The Lakers need bodies given their nine unrestricted free agents. Marshall was asked to do more than he's capable of this year, but got valuable experience while running the show for most of the year. In 45 starts, he averaged 8.1 points, 9.5 assists, 1.3 3-pointers and 1.0 steals. Marshall isn't a good enough shooter and has too many physical limitations to be a plus NBA point guard, but he'd be a fine backup.
Apr 18 - 1:15 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Lakers

Pau Gasol admitted his time with the Lakers could be over during his exit interview on Thursday.

"I'll be in charge of my future and my destiny," Gasol said. "This could be my last day [with the Lakers], maybe." To be clear, this isn't really a big story or anything. There will be endless rumors about the Lakers considering their popularity and how they had the worst season of their history. Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after turning in a solid 2013-14 season based on statistical output.
Source: LA Times
Apr 17 - 8:48 PM

Steve Nash (leg, back) said he's 3-4 weeks from being healthy.

In his exit interview, he said this season was a "nightmare" and added the Lakers shouldn't be relying on him for next season because he doesn't know what he can bring. Nash did say he'll be back for next season, so the team will have to pay him whether he's healthy or not. He'll be one of the more talked about players in the offseason.
Apr 17 - 3:21 PM

Chris Kaman's future with the Lakers is unclear, as the team is still developing a game plan on how to attack next season.

Kaman didn't fit into Mike D'Antoni's scheme and he eventually told Mike D to play him, or develop Robert Sacre instead. Kaman didn't play down the stretch and it's probably safe to say that if D'Antoni is coach next season, Kaman probably won't return to the Lakers.
Apr 17 - 1:30 PM

Jordan Hill had 18 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting as the Lakers beat the resting Spurs in Wednesday's finale.

The Lakers weren't very good at tanking over the last week, and got a very balanced attack in the win. Nick Young scored 16, Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists, Jodie Meeks scored 14, Ryan Kelly scored 12, Wes Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Robert Sacre and Jordan Farmar chipped in with 10 a piece. We think we speak for all Lakers fans when we say that it's finally over. Many of these guys came through for fantasy owners tonight, but the minutes were too evenly divided for any of them to really go nuts.
Apr 16 - 10:16 PM

Kent Bazemore underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot.

He's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2014-15 opener. It's unclear what his offseason plan is yet, but Bazemore was electric at Las Vegas Summer League last offseason and could wind up there again. His fantasy value figures to take a hit on a team with a full complement of players.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 16 - 3:10 PM

Kobe Bryant travelled to France on Tuesday or Wednesday with his family, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It looks like he started his offseason a bit early and won't be with the team as their season concludes. Bryant reportedly doesn't like being associated with the Lakers' horrific season and it's hard to blame him considering it's the worst year they've ever had. He'll be ready to go for 2014-15 after playing in just six games this season.
Apr 16 - 3:02 PM

Chris Kaman (calf) will not play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

Kaman struggled to find favor with coach Mike D'Antoni and he wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure. The few times he did step into a big role it was short-lived, which made him very hard to roster in fantasy leagues. Hopefully he'll find a more suitable role next season, whether in L.A. or elsewhere.
Apr 16 - 12:58 PM

Steve Nash (hamstring) and Chris Kaman (calf) will not return for the Lakers' final game on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Nash was never expected to return after taking over the third spot on the NBA's all-time assist leaderboard, and it's uncertain whether he'll retire this summer or attempt a return in 2014-15. Even if he does attempt to return, fantasy owners should be very leery of him on draft day.
Apr 16 - 12:56 PM

Wesley Johnson filled the stat sheet in Monday's 119-104 win over the Jazz, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, five steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

This is a huge game for fantasy purposes thanks to the steals, blocks and triples. As it turns out, Johnson actually raised his season averages to 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in 78 games. He and Paul Millsap are the only two players to hold averages of 1.0 or greater in all three of those aforementioned categories, which has helped make Johnson a decent asset for several stretches this season.
Apr 15 - 12:04 AM

Jordan Hill had easy buckets all night against the Jazz on Monday, finishing with 21 points, six boards and one block in 24 minutes.

The Jazz have been torched by big men all season and Hill kept his momentum going. In his last five, he averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks on 58.7 percent from the field. He'll be a must-start player against the Spurs on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 11:58 PM

Nick Young got hot against the Jazz on Monday for a season-high 41 points with three boards, three assists and six 3-pointers on 14-of-23 shooting.

In a post-game interview with sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Young said he knew his career-high was 43 and he wanted to break it tonight, which is obviously the least surprising news of the day. He's had an interesting season for a several reasons: Swaggy said he didn't want to get an MRI on his knee because he'd be worried about the results, his Nike Air Yeezys were stolen and he's referred to himself in the third person more times than we care to count. If one thing's for sure, he's certainly not boring.
Apr 14 - 11:56 PM

Kent Bazemore will have surgery on his torn tendon in his right foot in Wednesday.

He has a torn peroneus longus tendon and was ruled out for the season last week. Bazemore's role with the Lakers is unclear, but he's unlikely to be a key part of the rotation once the team is back to full strength. He's a lot of fun to watch, but his careless style will likely hurt his allotment of playing time.
Apr 14 - 8:32 PM

Chris Kaman (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

He is likely out on Wednesday night and his first season with the Lakers did not go well. He had some issues with his coach and couldn't say healthy -- a common problem for Kaman. Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly will start and make for decent options considering how poorly the Jazz defend the paint.
Apr 14 - 7:50 PM


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