Player News - Lakers

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Byron Scott recently revealed that opposing free agents have told him during games that they'd "love to be in LA next year."

Perhaps they meant playing for the Clippers. In all sincerity, this type of stuff happens routinely, and there is no way to have any tangible read into it or extrapolate any possible significance. The Lakers have holes at every position on the roster to fill this offseason.
Mar 30 - 9:31 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will turn down his $1.1 million player option to test the free agent market this summer.

Davis will easily earn a more substantial deal in free agency so this comes as no surprise. He also said that "didn't ask to sit out" on Sunday, when he picked up a DNP-CD, and would have preferred to play. "I wanted to play all 82," he said. "I'm going to support the guys and be there, stay professional and stay ready." Davis should be back in the lineup on Monday, which unfortunately casts doubt on the availability of Jordan Hill.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 30 - 1:12 AM

Nick Young (knee) will be reevaluated in one week, but he remains without a timetable to return.

This practically rules him out for the rest of the week, and head coach Byron Scott also said that Young would need at least another week of conditioning after that. There is a good chance that Young doesn't play again this season, but Scott refuses to shut him down. At this point in the season, it's safe to leave Young on the wire in just about all leagues.
Mar 29 - 6:03 PM

Wayne Ellington made the most of his return to the starting unit on Sunday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, to go with five rebounds, two assists, three 3-pointers and two turnovers over 30 minutes of action.

Ellington's numbers as a starter are significantly better than his averages as a reserve, but Jeremy Lin (illness) could be back as soon as Monday, so owners of Ellington will want to check in on the status of Lin before deploying him. Ellington can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 5:57 PM

Jabari Brown shot just 4-of-14 from the field to score 11 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, but he also contributed one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block.

The 22-year-old shooting guard has impressed the Lakers since he inked his first 10-day contract, and it's possible that he'll be signed for the rest of the season. Today's defensive stats look like an aberration, however, and he's still only on the radar in deep leagues.
Mar 29 - 5:53 PM

Jordan Hill thrived in his return to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday, coming off the bench for 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 16 rebounds and one block in just 27 minutes.

Hill was a healthy DNP-CD in his past three games, as coach Byron Scott opted to give more playing time to younger players down the stretch. He benefited from Ed Davis' precautionary rest day today, so unfortunately it may be hard for Hill to maintain a fantasy-relevant role going forward. Congratulations to anyone who gambled on Hill vs. the Nets, but it's impossible to recommend him given the ongoing risk of a DNP-CD.
Mar 29 - 5:52 PM

Wes Johnson's aggressive play kept the Lakers competitive on Sunday, as he finished with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, three assists and one block in a road loss to the Nets.

Johnson threw down a baseline dunk in the first half and the Nets' defense didn't adjust, so he followed up with a mirror-image play a few moments later. He had four dunks total and owners heaved a sigh of relief when he made his lone 3-pointer, as he was a combined 0-of-9 in his previous four games. He's a solid late-round option, though L.A.'s random DNP-CDs mean owners should confirm Johnson's status before every game.
Mar 29 - 5:51 PM

Jordan Clarkson looked great during Sunday's loss to the Nets, posting 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting (3-of-4 from the line), seven assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

Clarkson has really got things rolling during the month of March, posting averages of 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. The Lakers are fully committed to developing him, so he'll continue to log heavy minutes as they close out their regular-season. Keep rolling him out there.
Mar 29 - 5:50 PM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis (rest) will not play Sunday vs. the Nets.

With Davis and Carlos Boozer being given the day off, Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly, and Jordan Hill will all have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Kelly is good for some 3-pointers, while Hill can put up some points and rebounds, while Black can be viewed as a rebounding and shot blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues.
Mar 29 - 2:19 PM

Carlos Boozer (rest) will sit out Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

Despite being healthy, Boozer has spent the past three games on the sidelines as the Lakers try to improve their odds in the draft lottery. There's a chance he returns to the lineup on Monday vs. the 76ers, but at this point in the fantasy season, Boozer belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Mar 29 - 2:15 PM

Jordan Hill will be available to play for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

Hill will likely come off the bench today, but with season averages of 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a reserve, he should be able to put up some low-end stats for owners in deep leagues. He'll likely take away some minutes from Tarik Black and Robert Sacre.
Mar 29 - 2:11 PM

Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game vs. the Nets with Jeremy Lin (illness) unavailable.

With Lin out today, Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are going to be forced into heavy minutes with a very favorable matchup against the Nets. Jabari Brown will also have the opportunity to log extended minutes off the bench, but Clarkson and Ellington are the guys that should be targeted in daily leagues.
Mar 29 - 2:08 PM

Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play vs. the Nets on Sunday.

He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, so hopefully he recovers in time for Monday's game vs. the 76ers. With Lin out of the lineup, Jordan Clarkson will likely log all the minute he can handle at point guard, while Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown should also see some extra minutes on the wing. We will update Lin's status as soon as we know more.

Jeremy Lin (illness) said he plans to play against the Nets on Sunday.

He did leave the door open of him missing the game, saying he'll play "unless it gets worse." A couple starting guards could be sick for Sunday afternoon with Deron Williams also under the weather. Lin had his allergy issue on Friday and still played 36 minutes, so he should be good to go.
Mar 28 - 2:31 PM

Robert Sacre is hopeful that the Lakers exercise their team option on him for next season.

"I would love to be back here. It would be fun," said Sacre. "You’re a Laker. What else can you ask for? There’s no other franchise like it. It’s an honor to wear purple and gold." Sacre has gotten some extra opportunities in the past three games due to the Lakers holding Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer out of the lineup, and he has put up averages of just 3.7 points, 3.0 boards and 1.0 steal over that span. There is no denying that Sacre is a great teammate, but unless these numbers appeal to you, he belongs on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:35 AM


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