Player News - Lakers

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The Lakers are expected to add Jim Eyen as an assistant coach on Byron Scott's staff, according to sources.

Eyen has been an assistant coach in the NBA for 22 years, with his most recent stint being with the Kings in 2012 under Keith Smart. Eyen will bring experience to the Lakers bench.
Aug 18 - 6:34 PM

Nick Young said he doesn't keep tattoos on his right arm because it's "strictly for buckets."

Well, OK then. Swaggy P is heavily tattooed on his left arm and places all over his body, so this is about as Swaggy of an answer as he's given. After a career year in 2013-14, Young should take a back seat on offense with Kobe Bryant healthy.
Aug 16 - 9:36 AM

Jordan Clarkson is expected to sign with the Lakers before training camp.

He was the Lakers' star of summer league and is a great bet to make the team. Summer league coach Mark Madsen suggested Clarkson will be more of a point guard, so he might have a tough time getting minutes while Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin are both healthy.
Aug 11 - 9:33 AM

Free agent G/F MarShon Brooks signed with the Italian team Olimpia Milano this week.

Brooks barely played last season before joining the Lakers, with whom he averaged 6.4 points in 13 minutes per game, and that wasn't enough to earn him a guaranteed NBA contract this summer. This may not be the final chapter in his NBA career but fantasy owners can safely dismiss him.
Aug 10 - 5:58 PM

Byron Scott hinted that Ed Davis could play some center for the Lakers on Friday.

"I like Ed's size," Scott said. "He's very good around the basket and can also block shots. He's gonna have to play in the post." There are probably about 20-24 minutes up for grabs at center behind Jordan Hill and Davis has logged minutes at center before, but he didn't fare well. Although, before he made his debut with the Grizzlies on Feb. 1, 2012, Davis was fantastic back in January 2012 with the Raptors, averaging 13.9 points 8.1 boards and 1.0 blocks in the month. Still, he didn't perform at Memphis and is not on the fantasy radar in most leagues while Hill is healthy.
Aug 9 - 9:59 AM

Byron Scott said he envisions Jordan Hill will be "getting good minutes at center" this season.

The Lakers are somehow going to try and figure out what to do behind Hill at center. Hill didn't really show he's capable of playing more than 25 minutes over the course of the season, but he'll still be on the radar in fantasy leagues in the later rounds due to lack of competition. Plus, Hill finished strong in April with averages of 16.6 points, 10.1 boards, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals in 29.0 minutes per game.
Source: LA Times
Aug 9 - 9:49 AM

Coach Byron Scott praised Julius Randle on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.

"I know the young kid is very gifted, offensively. He rebounds the ball, he can score in the post. He’s probably got about 15-foot range, handle the ball extremely well for a big man. Pretty athletic. I look at him as Zach Randolph, but more athletic," Scott said. "And I think in a few years he’s going to be a monster once he really learns what the NBA is all about and that’s what I’m looking forward to." Randle is likely going to share the power forward minutes with Carlos Boozer, but the Lakers may be forced to play him at center given their lack of depth at the position. He's on the radar as a late-round pick.
Aug 8 - 9:37 AM

Free agent MarShon Brooks is finalizing a contract with the Italian team Olimpia Milano Armani.

The Pacers were among the teams to show some interest in Brooks as a free agent, and he played for the Kings' Summer League team in Las Vegas, but now he'll earn his money by heading overseas.
Aug 6 - 9:12 AM

The Pacers have MarShon Brooks on their "short list" of players to support their wing rotation in the wake of Paul George's devastating injury.

Brooks played for the Kings' Summer League team in Las Vegas this summer, where he averaged 10.6 points on 53.1 percent shooting. He hasn't done much beyond scoring the ball at the NBA level, peaking at 12.6 points per game as a rookie, but could make sense for Indiana on a minimum-salary deal.
Aug 3 - 3:09 PM

Magic Johnson is excited to see the Lakers attempt fewer 3-pointers this season, saying in a recent interview, "If I don't see another three-pointer from a Laker team, I'll be happy."

Johnson, a vice president with the Lakers, was unabashedly excited when Mike D'Antoni resigned this summer, writing, "Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!" The Lakers tied for the sixth-most attempts from downtown, but they were also third in 3-point percentage (38.1 percent). It will remain a part of their arsenal, but won't be as big a part of the gameplan under coach Byron Scott.
Source: L.A. Times
Aug 3 - 2:48 PM

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said that Steve Nash is now 100 percent healthy, and he's not having nerve pain for the first time in a long time.

Nash was only able to suit up for 15 games last season, and we're not expecting much from the 40-year-old veteran for the 2014-15 season. Nash has yet to play in any 5-on-5 scrimmages, and there's no guarantee that the pain doesn't re-emerge once he's under the rigors of another full NBA season. Nash won't be worth drafting in most formats.
Aug 1 - 4:50 PM

The LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was asked if he thought Kobe Bryant would remain healthy for the upcoming season and he responded: "You'd be crazy to bet against him."

Vitti also added that he believes LA will "play a style of basketball that is conducive to what Kobe’s body will allow him to do." The fact that we're still talking about the possibility of Kobe being an impact player for the 2014-15 season is a testament to what he's done throughout his career. Kobe suffered what to many athletes is a career ending injury when he tore his Achilles at the end of the 2012-13 season. He then made a delayed debut last season, but only made it through six games before fracturing his left knee, an injury that ended his 2013-14 campaign. Still, Kobe is not contemplating retirement, and has vowed to return for the upcoming season. And if this was any other athlete we'd be saying he's off the fantasy radar, but because he is "The Black Mamba," we'll consider him a risk/reward target with the potential to be amazing.
Aug 1 - 4:41 PM

Free agent G/F Terrence Williams will reportedly work out for the Kings on Thursday.

T-Will played briefly for the Kings in 2011-12, one of six teams (two in the D-League) he's joined since leaving Louisville in 2009. He averaged 20.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists with the Lakers' D-League affiliate last season, but even if he makes the Kings' roster he won't be a worthwhile fantasy option.
Jul 29 - 4:58 PM

Lakers coach Byron Scott said that rookie Julius Randle may earn a spot in the starting lineup by outplaying the team's other power forwards.

Beyond the Lakers' prized rookie, L.A.'s frontcourt features Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre. Randle may not start on opening night and the arrival of Boozer has dampened his fantasy outlook, he has enough upside to warrant attention as a flier pick.
Jul 29 - 3:12 PM

Byron Scott has signed with the Lakers to be their new head coach according to the L.A. Times.

It sounded like there were some small sticking points over the weekend but this marriage has been all-but finalized for a while now. It's going to be interesting to see how he plans to handle the fledgling Lakers, and in particular question mark Kobe Bryant.
Jul 28 - 10:30 PM


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