Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Lou Williams.

The Lakers are clearly rebuilding and probably have no use for Brewer, as this trade was all about securing another first-round pick. If Brewer isn't waived by the Lakers, he will provide some depth off the bench behind Brandon Ingram. He's shooting 23.4 percent from deep this season and is not a fantasy pickup. With Williams gone, it makes sense for fantasy owners to add Jordan Clarkson. D'Angelo Russell will also get a nice bump.

The Lakers are reportedly closing in on a multi-year deal with agent Rob Pelinka to install him as Los Angeles' next GM.

The agent-to-GM move worked out pretty well for the Warriors, so the Lakers will try and replicate that success by bringing in Pelinka, who is a well-respected agent around the league. He still needs to divest from his agency, so it could take a couple days before this thing becomes official.
Feb 21 - 6:51 PM

Magic Johnson said he'd like to see Ivica Zubac get more minutes during the final few months of the NBA season.

"I think he has really established himself as a quality backup center and I would like to see him get even more minutes," said Johnson. Head coach Luke Walton has already hinted that he'll make a better effort to give Zubac some extended run as the NBA season comes to a close, so he makes for a fine stash for anyone in need of a big that can really rack up the swats.
Feb 21 - 4:01 PM

Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to become the Lakers' next GM.

Pelinka represented Kobe Bryant during his time in the league, and he has also represented guys like James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond to name a few. That being said, Pelinka is the president and CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, and for the Lakers to bring him on as their new GM he'd need to divest from his agency which is not a process that can happen overnight. As for the trade front with Magic in charge, he said he's already been in contact with five GMs and that he'll be handling the Lakers trade inquiries as the trade deadline approaches.
Feb 21 - 3:36 PM

The Lakers have named Earvin "Magic" Johnson President of Basketball Operations.

The team also announced that GM Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties and that Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as Lakers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. It's obviously a major shakeup within the Lakers organization. The press release quotes Jeanie Buss as declaring: "Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order."
Source: NBA.com
Feb 21 - 1:26 PM

Nick Young believes the coaching change in L.A. from Byron Scott to Luke Walton has been played a significant part in his resurgence this season.

Young, who averaged 10.4 points per game on 35 percent shooting over the previous two seasons, is averaging 13.8 points and shooting a career-high 41.3 percent from 3-point territory in 2016-17. "With having a coach behind me, I don’t have to look over my shoulder or worry about coming out. That plays a major part," said Young. "It messes up with your whole cycle when you have a coach who harps on everything you do and talks so down on you. It was tough."
Feb 18 - 1:21 PM

Brandon Ingram hopes to improve his shooting, by thinking less on the court.

As the Bleacher Report article points out, Ingram is a far worse shooter when left wide open (6 feet; 32.3 percent) than when very tightly guarded (0-2; 38.7), closely guarded (2-4; 36.8) or left open (4-6; 37.3). Also, Ingram has the 12th-highest usage rate on the team. If he can start knocking down open jumpers and start to look for his shot more often, Ingram should be able to boost his fantasy stock over the final two months of the season.
Feb 17 - 9:16 AM

Julius Randle double-doubled vs. the Suns on Wednesday with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Randle logged 29 minutes in the blowout loss, shooting 4-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line while adding three assists and one steal. His illness slowed him down in late January and in the first couple games of February, but his value has stabilized again with averages of 14.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his last five games.
Feb 16 - 12:42 AM

Brandon Ingram scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting vs. the Suns on Wednesday, adding two boards, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

The rookie actually leads the Lakers in total minutes played this season, but he hasn't been making the most of them lately. He's scored a combined 11 points in his last three games on 4-of-17 shooting, but coach Luke Walton said he's going to keep feeding him minutes. "This is Brandon's first year at it," Walton said. "Seeing how much more physical the game is is something that we need to get him now, so as he trains in this off-season he kind of knows what to expect going forward in his career." His development is obviously still a priority, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can avoid for him now.
Feb 16 - 12:37 AM

Nick Young scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting with four boards, one steal and one triple in 24 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

Maybe he doesn't want to be traded, because he was bad tonight. Young had a +/- rating of -37 in 24 minutes, but to be fair, his teammates weren't much better. Young was shooting 41.7 percent from deep prior to Wednesday and he's expected to draw a lot of interest at the deadline, but a move could be a buzzkill for his value. For now, he's worth holding onto as a 3-point specialist.
Feb 16 - 12:33 AM

D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points in a blowout loss to the Suns on Thursday, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 28 minutes.

Russell ranks ninth on the Lakers in fourth quarter minutes this season because coach Luke Walton likes to go with the hot hand down the stretch, so it was nice to see Russell get close to 10 minutes of garbage time tonight after not playing a single minute in the fourth quarter on Tuesday vs. the Kings. His FG percentage is still an issue and he shot 7-of-20 from the field in this one, but he managed to hit all five of his free throws. With Lou Williams and Nick Young expected to be popular names at the deadline, hopefully we'll see Russell close out a lot more games after the break.
Feb 16 - 12:25 AM

Corey Brewer started the second half on Wednesday following Pat Beverley's exit with a groin injury.

Brewer finished with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes tonight. He might get a boost if Bev's injury doesn't heal during the break, but that's not a given. Even without Beverley to start the season, Brewer did nothing to recommend himself outside of very deep leagues.
Feb 15 - 11:33 PM

Jordan Clarkson (thumb) said that he's fine to play vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Clarkson was listed as probable and there was never any real doubt that he'd suit up tonight. His availability is great for L.A. in reality, but he's not doing much to help standard-league owners these days.
Feb 15 - 8:18 PM

Larry Nance (thumb) said he is fine for Wednesday against the Suns.

He and Jordan Clarkson (thumb) joked they had a thumb war today, so they should be fine. Nance has played well and should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 15 - 8:18 PM

Jordan Clarkson (thumb) is probable to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

This thumb issue has bothered him since last week, so we're fully expecting him to play. On the other hand, Clarkson's last five games have left a lot to be desired, averaging 9.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys. His value in fantasy has been trending down, but maybe a Lou Williams deal can help get him going again.
Feb 15 - 4:27 PM


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