Player News - Lakers

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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

The Lakers officially re-signed Wes Johnson on Monday.

"Wesley possesses elite athleticism... and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game last season as the Lakers were devastated by injuries, but that situation will not likely be repeated. Johnson is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Jul 28 - 5:08 PM

Steve Nash confirmed in a recent interview that he will retire after the 2014-15 season.

"I think this is my last season," said the 40-year-old Nash. "But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It’ll be nice to play one more year." Nash, in his prime, was one of the most exciting point guards to watch. He won back-to-back MVP awards from 2004-2006, taking his Phoenix Suns team through multiple deep playoff runs, but never ending on the ultimate goal of an NBA championship. At 40 years of age Nash just doesn't have it anymore, and he only managed to make it through 15 games last season. While no longer a fantasy option, he figures to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, and the league will miss his constant professionalism.
Jul 28 - 2:55 PM

Nick Young scored 26 points on 21 shots at the Drew League on Sunday.

In his usual fashion, Swaggy P said his nickname is "I Am Legend" at the Drew League. "I've been a one-man show since I started at the Drew League," Young said. "I've been playing at the Drew for a while. I never played with no NBA people on my team or nothing. That's why." He won't have any Will Smith-based nicknames this season with Kobe Bryant around and his production is expected to take a hit after a career year in 2013-14.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:38 AM

Head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant has been working out with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young.

Scott added his team "better be ready to play some defense" this season. The Lakers had the third-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA last season and allowed the most field goals at the rim by a fairly wide margin. As for Bryant, he was at one point expected to be back in action in January, so he should be 100 percent when training camp comes around.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:31 AM

Kobe Bryant has offered his full support for new Lakers coach Byron Scott.

"[Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league," Kobe said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years." Scott has 13 years of NBA head coaching experience, including four playoff appearances and two Eastern Conference championships, but he'll have his hands full with the Lakers' rebuilt roster. L.A. has not officially announced Scott as their coach, but he confirmed in an interview that it's only a matter of time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 6:47 PM

The Lakers have Carlos Boozer "penciled in" as their starting small forward, according to beat writer Mike Bresnahan.

Bresnahan is a reliable source but this is likely an errant report, as it's unsettling to imagine Boozer trying to defend small forwards on a nightly basis. The 32-year-old said that he "absolutely" views himself as a starter, and he's comfortable playing PF or C, so he should carve out a solid role one way or another. His scoring and rebounding make him a tolerable gamble in the late rounds. For the record, we have penciled in the Lakers' front-court lineup as SF Nick Young, PF Boozer, and C Jordan Hill.
Source: L.A. Times
Jul 27 - 4:11 PM

The Lakers are not likely to use the stretch provision on Steve Nash.

If the Lakers had signed Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol, they would have needed to waive Nash via the stretch provision to make room under the salary cap. However, with the Lakers swinging-and-missing on the big name free agents this offseason, it looks as though Nash will play out the final year of his contract worth $9.7 million wearing the purple and gold.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 27 - 1:13 PM

While news broke late Saturday night that Byron Scott and the Lakers had agreed to terms on a four-year deal, the Lakers contend that the two sides are still negotiating.

According to one Lakers official the deal could "take a couple more days" before it is finalized. This report is a bit strange, and it's unclear as to why there was a discrepancy between the two sides. Scott has already stated that becoming the Lakers next head coach has been "a dream come true," so it would seem that it's only a matter of time until the deal is official, and finalized.
Jul 27 - 10:25 AM

Byron Scott has agreed to terms with the Lakers and will be their head coach.

It will be a four-year, $17 million deal for the former Nets, Hornets and Cavs head coach. The Lakers interviewed him way back in May and he's been the frontrunner for the job for a long time. Scott has plenty of street cred as a former member of the Lakers in their championship Showtime years, so the fans should cut him some slack. He'll have his hands full with little depth on his team, especially in the frontcourt.
Jul 26 - 10:01 PM

The Lakers sign G/F Xavier Henry on Friday.

The Lakers know everything about Henry's knee situation and at the reported one-year and $1 million they were talking about there's not a whole lot to nitpick here for either side. Injury concerns and fantasy deficiencies should keep Henry on the periphery of most drafts unless there is a major shake-up in La-La Land.
Jul 25 - 7:04 PM


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