Player News - Lakers

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General manager Mitch Kupchak told Nick Young he should "work with" coach Byron Scott.

"Work off of coach and make sure everybody is on the same page," Young said. That sounds like an easy order, but don't forget Young said Scott's feedback isn't valuable, Scott said Young has to grow as a basketball player, and most importantly Scott said Swaggy's haircut from last season "looks like a bunch of worms up there." With Lou Williams around and Kobe Bryant back, Swaggy P can be ignored in most drafts.
Jul 29 - 2:50 PM

D'Angelo Russell said Jordan Clarkson "seems like an easy guy to play with" for the upcoming season.

"He's a fast-paced guard, very up-tempo, and I'm the same," Russell said. "I'm not as light and fast as him, but I try to pass and keep it that way." It was very clear the Lakers are going to play these two young guards together while playing Kobe Bryant at the three. Clarkson is going to have to learn to play off the ball more because much of his value after the break last season was as a ball-handler. Still, his efficiency from the field and from the line make him a target later in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 29 - 2:36 PM

According to the New York Post, the Knicks only have "tepid" interest in unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer.

The Knicks are looking to add another big to their frontcourt, and Kevin Seraphin's name has also been tossed around as a possibility. Both Boozer and Seraphin could emerge as assets in deeper leagues if they landed in New York , so we will keep a close on this report.
Jul 29 - 9:49 AM

The Mavs, Knicks, and Rockets have all shown interest in unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer.

Several teams have put out feelers on Boozer this offseason as the Heat, Pelicans and Raptors have also expressed interest in the 33-year-old. While Boozer isn't the player he once was, he was still able to average 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in just 23.8 minutes per game with the Lakers last season. He isn't worth anything more than a late-round flier, but Boozer can still contribute in the rebound category if he lands in the right situation.
Jul 28 - 9:32 AM

Kobe Bryant could play some power forward against smaller teams.

"With his tenaciousness, the way he guards people and when his mind is set, if I say ‘Kobe, you’ve got him,’ he takes that as a challenge," coach Byron Scott said. "You know how he is. He’ll compete." A lot of teams are using small power forwards now, so this really isn't a stretch. The Lakers aren't going to make him a four against someone like Zach Randolph. The Black Mamba is a risky target in the middle rounds.
Jul 27 - 8:17 PM

Tarik Black, who had been previously listed at 6'11", is now listed at 6'9".

Black is nowhere close to 6'11", so it's a rare case of the league actually correcting a player's height. Obviously, this will have zero impact on his fantasy value.
Jul 27 - 12:54 PM

Roy Hibbert is excited to play for Byron Scott.

Hibbert has trimmed down in an attempt to adjust to a smaller, faster league—not to mention he's in a contract season. "I'm just going to focus on the defense," Hibbert said. Also of note is that Hibbert told his agent he "possibly" wanted to play for a "coach that played in the league" because of his experiences with Brian Shaw. Frank Vogel, your thoughts?
Jul 27 - 12:32 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak envisions D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson as the team's backcourt for the next decade.

"Our vision would be that both of those players play together in the backcourt for 10-12 years," Kupchak said recently on SiriusXM NBA Radio. While much of this is lip service at this point, there's no doubting that the Lakers think they have something special with Russell and Clarkson together. After two straight dismals seasons, they better hope so as the Lakers prepare for life after Kobe Bryant.
Jul 27 - 10:34 AM

Kobe Bryant has expressed a willingness to play small forward for the upcoming season.

"I can do that," Bryant said to longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti when discussing the makeup of the current roster with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson occupying the backcourt. Can Kobe do it? "It's been a while since he's played. We just need to see," Vitti said.
Jul 27 - 10:28 AM

Nick Young said he felt like Pau Gasol as a result of his name being in trade rumors this summer.

I still stayed in the gym, still did what I was supposed to do, trying to block out everything and just still have fun. You never know what's going to happen — especially in free agency when you hear your name in ever rumor and in every trade talk," Young said. When asked about his second time around with Byron Scott, Young said, "It's all about being a pro." We'll see if SwagTime McBuckets is capable of that, but he's got an enormous opportunity with the Lakers' paper-thin depth at small forward.
Jul 27 - 8:42 AM

Nick Young, who made a game-winning 3-pointer in the Drew League on Sunday, said that GM Mitch Kupchak didn't want him to fret about L.A.'s decision to sign Lou Williams.

Young recently had a meeting with Kupchak, which reportedly left him confident that he'll stay with the Lakers next season. Nevertheless, his playing time and fantasy value are directly threatened by Williams' arrival. He told reporters that he's spent the summer improving his decision-making and play off the ball both defensively and offensively, but coach Byron Scott didn't sound too impressed. "I don’t know what he’s doing," Scott said earlier in July. "If he’s saying that’s what he’s doing, then that’s what I believe he’s doing."
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM

After having a recent meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak, Nick Young is reportedly confident he'll be on the Lakers opening night roster to begin the 2015-16 season.

The Lakers were reportedly shopping Young this offseason, but they weren't able to find much interest for a guy that shot a career-low 36.6 percent from the field to go with averages of 13.4 points and 2.0 three-pointers per game. Young said that he'll be working on his decision making, playing off-the-ball and off-ball defense this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how many minutes per game he can earn next season with the addition of Lou Williams to the roster. He's not a great guy to target in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 4:19 PM

Kobe Bryant has yet to reach out to his new Lakers teammates.

While this is a bit of a non-story, it is one that is accompanied by a hilarious reaction from Bryant's new teammates in the link below. Brandon Bass, Roy Hibbert, and Lou Williams each gave a blank stare as their answer when asked if they'd been contacted by the Black Mamba. Bryant isn't exactly famous for nurturing relationships with teammates, so it will be interesting to see how he accepts the role of veteran leader on a rebuilding Lakers squad.
Source: ESPN L.A.
Jul 23 - 11:38 AM

Roy Hibbert said he's losing weight this summer to adapt to the current small-ball tendencies in the NBA.

He's already dropped from 283 to 267 pounds. Hibbert always has some sort of offseason plan. Whether it be working out with the Spurs, doing mixed martial arts, yoga, pilates, or changing his diet, it's always been something since 2012. He's known for fading in the second half of the season, so maybe this change will be for the better.
Jul 22 - 3:20 PM

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant will play more small forward this season.

Scott spoke to reporters about trying to integrate D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, and Bryant into the Lakers offense and said he may use Kobe differently this year. "If we don't get another guard, then Kobe's in that mix," Scott said. "I'm kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who's starting and who doesn't. I think [Bryant] will play more three than two. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be." Scott said he thinks this strategy will help save Bryant's legs, but we still recommend letting another fantasy owner draft Kobe.
Jul 21 - 11:12 AM

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