Player News - Lakers

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According to Andy Kamenetzky of The Athletic, 33.5 minutes per game "feels like a great goal" for LeBron James in the 2018-19 season.

Additionally, Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com has LeBron at 36 minutes per game in his real plus-minus projections. James has led the NBA in minutes per game each of the last two seasons, playing 36.9 mpg in 2017-18. His career low for minutes is 35.6, so 33.5 is a lofty goal. What could help the Lakers in finding opportunities to rest James is the late-season schedule, with the team having four back-to-backs in the final two months of the season. Given LeBron's durability and competitiveness, it's going to be tough to get him to 34 minutes, so the Lakers could get him to around 36 and dial him back late in the year, provided they're doing OK in the standings.
Aug 11 - 4:51 PM

Rajon Rondo said he would accept a reserve role with the Lakers this upcoming season.

"Whatever they ask me, you know, my main objective is to win," Rondo said. "I'm ready to help develop Lonzo [Ball] as much as possible. If I'm not starting and he's starting, he's going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we'll be ready to roll." Rondo will be competing for the starting spot at camp, but it sounds like he'll be fine with whatever plays out. Unfortunately, the addition of Rondo could spell a value-killing, timeshare situation in fantasy hoops.
Source: TMZ
Aug 8 - 10:11 AM

Christmas Day NBA games will feature the Celtics vs. the Sixers, the Bucks vs. the Knicks at the Garden, and, of course, LeBron James' Lakers at Oakland to face the Warriors. The Blazers will also visit the Jazz on Dec. 25.

The new NBA schedule officially comes out on Wednesday at 2 p.m., but Marc Stein has the inside scoop on Christmas Day. The Knicks are going to be pretty bad, but the NBA tradition of featuring them in the Garden on Christmas Day will continue on.
Aug 7 - 8:40 PM

Sasha Vujacic said he is hoping to return to the NBA next season.

Vujacic played for the Knicks in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He signed a one-year deal with Italian club Fiat Torino last season. Even if he lands on the end of an NBA bench, he will not have fantasy relevancy.
Aug 7 - 10:57 AM

Luol Deng voiced frustration with the situation in Los Angeles and said he wants to play next season.

Deng was benched for the final 81 games of the 2017-18 season and is clearly not a part of the Lakers plans going forward. "I want to play, I want to be a part of something," said Deng. "But I’m not going to be a part of a place where you don’t believe in me. I’m not trying to knock down anybody, but I play for people who believe in me." It highly unlikely the Lakers move Deng, as he is owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 3 - 12:03 PM

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant's wife, said on Instagram that Kobe will not be coming out of retirement.

There was some buzz that Kobe might consider a comeback after the Lakers signed LeBron James this summer. However, it was never taken seriously, and Kobe's wife put the rumor to rest, saying: "He doesn't want to play again and frankly we really enjoy spending time together as a family."
Source: USA Today
Aug 2 - 1:29 PM

LeBron James believes he still has many years left of being an elite player in the league.

When asked if he felt he was sacrificing a year in his prime by joining the Lakers, who may not be championship ready, he had this to say, "I don’t even look at it like that because I don’t feel like this is going to be one of the last years of my prime," James said. "That’s another statistic number, and I’ve always been a part of beating the odds in life." He's a physical beast with durability and conditioning like we've never seen so this isn't a shock he believes he's still got prime years ahead of him entering his 16th season. With that said though, father time is undefeated and eventually even the greatest succumb to age, the question is when it will happen for Bron.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 3:29 PM

General manager Rob Pelinka said it was "essential" to add Rajon Rondo to the roster.

"We wanted to add basketball IQ and playoff toughness, and he brings that," Pelinka said. Rondo is going to be in a competition for the starting PG spot and he may have a leg up because Lonzo Ball (knee) isn't healthy right now. Rondo had a resurgence last season with Anthony Davis, and now he gets to play next to arguably the best basketball player ever. Still, Rondo's upside isn't the greatest.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 3:36 PM

Travis Wear has agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers.

Wear appeared in 17 games for L.A. last season, averaging 4.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointers in 13.4 minutes. He is not on the fantasy radar, as he will likely spend much of the 2018-19 season in the G-League.
Jul 24 - 12:08 PM

A Lakers executive said Luol Deng is "all but semi-retired."

The exec added that he may never play again in the NBA unless he "has a change of heart." The Lakers were looking to possibly trade Deng last season but could never get anything done. He only played in one game last season and that was opening night. There's no reason to believe we'll see him suit up for Lakers again, or possibly play in the NBA period.
Jul 21 - 9:59 AM

Michael Beasley has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Yep, that makes it Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley on the Lakers -- Nick Young coming back? Beasley isn't nearly in the same spot as he was with the Knicks, and he won't be getting many minutes behind forwards LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and some other wings. The Knicks are going to be very thin at forward, which means Kevin Knox and Mario Hezonja should see some heavy run in their first seasons at MSG.
Jul 20 - 5:06 PM

Tyler Ennis has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce.

Ennis, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12.6 minutes over 54 games for the Lakers last season.
Jul 19 - 10:46 AM

Alex Caruso returned to action on Tuesday after missing Monday's game with gastroenteritis.

He finished with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, three rebounds, four assists and a block. With the Lakers crawling with guards this season, it's hard to see Caruso making much of a regular-season impact.
Jul 17 - 11:53 PM

Svi Mykhailiuk, who was one of the heroes in Monday's semifinal win, hit just 3-of-10 shots and 2-of-7 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's 91-73 loss to the Blazers.

The Blazers take home the trophy while the Lakers saw their winning streak end at 12 games. Svi was 0-for-6 in the first half and the Lakers were 0-for-10 from downtown in the first half, finishing the game with just three 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting for the game. The Lakers were clearly tired after the winning streak and a double-overtime win Monday. Svi earned second-team honors in Vegas, while teammate Josh Hart earned the MVP Award and first-team honors. The 47th pick in the draft has a chance to be a nice role player for the Lakers this season, but it's hard to see him being a big fantasy factor, as of now.
Jul 17 - 11:51 PM

Josh Hart was ejected after picking up a couple of technicals late in Tuesday's Vegas Finale, exiting the game with the Lakers down 20-plus points in the fourth quarter.

The Vegas Summer League MVP (named earlier tonight) finished with 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting and looked gassed after going off for a record 37 points against the Cavs on Monday night. Hart had a big Summer League showing and appears to have a chance to start for the Lakers when the regular season rolls around. If that's the case, he's probably worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Jul 17 - 11:47 PM


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