Player News - Lakers

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Coach Byron Scott said on Thursday that he doesn't expect Ryan Kelly (hamstring) to be ready to play until 2015.

Kelly injured his left hamstring back on October 1, and then injured his right hamstring on November 16. He just hasn't been able to stay healthy, and given the tricky nature of hamstring injuries it's no surprise that Scott is expecting Kelly to miss some time. Even when he returns to the active roster, he's going to be playing behind Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, and Ed Davis, so his upside is essentially non-existent. Kelly doesn't belong on a roster in any league.
Nov 27 - 2:32 PM

Nick Young hit just 4-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points and two blocks in Wednesday's loss.

The Lakers were talking about "force feeding" Young tonight, but it never really happened. Like Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo and J.R. Smith, Young is always an interesting all-or-nothing play. Unfortunately, tonight was closer to nothing than all, and Young's been too inconsistent to be trusted as an everyday starter in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 27 - 3:09 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 23 minutes off the Lakers' bench on Wednesday.

Carlos Boozer was back in the starting lineup tonight, which hurt Davis' minutes and production. Davis has had a rough go of it over his last five games, averaging just 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game. And when the Lakers sign Earl Clark, it might be even tougher for Davis to get minutes. Yes, it's probably time to say goodbye.
Nov 27 - 3:06 AM

Kobe Bryant hit just 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Memphis is one of the league's best teams and plays solid defense, especially with Tony Allen guarding Kobe at times tonight. Bryant's shooting has been a disaster this season, but he's still been highly productive. And the fact he hit 10-of-10 free throws could mean he's getting some leg strength back. But once the Lakers fall completely out of the playoff race, owners have to be concerned that he may shut it down for the season with a mysterious 'back injury.' With the Lakers playing so poorly, selling high on Kobe appears to be a forward-thinking plan.
Nov 27 - 3:02 AM

Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles.
Nov 27 - 2:57 AM

Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats.
Nov 27 - 2:54 AM

Carlos Boozer returned to action on Wednesday with four points, six boards, one assist and one turnover in 21 minutes.

He committed his two fouls in the first three minutes of the game, so that explains the low minutes and not the shoulder injury. Boozer has been handled throughout the season and the Lakers have to regret picking him up at least somewhat. He has a low upside and isn't the great play in standard leagues right now.
Nov 27 - 1:56 AM

Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Well, the Ed Davis Revenge Game will have to be from a bench role. Boozer missed Sunday against the Nuggets and it sounds like he should see his normal minutes. He's still not going to be a great play tonight against a terrific interior defense. Jordan Hill also will not have to play 42 minutes, which matched a career high. On the other side of the matchup, Zach Randolph could have a big game against Boozer.
Nov 26 - 2:40 PM

Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers will "forcefeed" Nick Young in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies to help get him going.

Uh oh. That's basically giving the Cookie Monster an all-you-can-eat trip to the cookie stand in the mall. Young has only attempted 9.5 shots per game in his last two, so he will likely get shots in the teens. On the down side, the Grizzlies play very good defense, so he could have an inefficient game. He's a decent option in daily leagues, but owners in standards might have a better option on a 13-game night.
Nov 26 - 2:28 PM

The Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, who is out for the season with nerve damage.

The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates.
Nov 25 - 7:18 PM

Coach Byron Scott said that he may try to trim a couple minutes off Kobe Bryant's current minutes allotment, as Kobe has been struggling with fatigue during the second half of games.

Kobe is currently averaging 35.7 minutes per game, but is also shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field. Scott is attributing some of those misses to fatigue, and while a minor reduction in minutes would have a minimal impact on Kobe's overall numbers, it could have a positive effect on his field goal percentage.
Nov 25 - 5:11 PM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

With Carlos Boozer (shoulder) being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, Davis could be in line to draw another start. However, a matchup vs. the Grizzlies is far from desirable, so Davis isn't necessarily a must-start guy even if he is able to draw another start for the Lakers. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 4:12 PM

Carlos Boozer (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday, and remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Memphis.

If Boozer is unable to go, Ed Davis (ankle) will draw another start. Davis struggled with foul trouble during his last outing, fouling out in just 22 minutes of action, but if he can get that under control he could provide some nice value in the blocks category. Davis figures to be a low-end option in standard leagues as the starting power forward for the Lakers, but a matchup vs. Memphis isn't exactly alluring.
Nov 25 - 4:05 PM

Xavier Henry underwent surgery to repair his torn left Achillies on Tuesday morning, and he will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Henry will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but after injuries held him to just 43 games last season, and a mere nine this year, he may have a tough time landing his next deal. Henry's 9.5 minutes per game will be distributed to Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington, but neither guy can be considered an attractive option in standard leagues while Kobe Bryant is healthy.

Xavier Henry has suffered a torn left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.

He just can't catch a break and it's become really easy to root for him. Henry had a knee injury keep him out for much of last season and also tore ligaments in his wrist at the end of the season. His days with the Lakers are likely over and he may have a tough time catching on with any NBA team next season. Hopefully, he proves everyone wrong.
Nov 24 - 6:08 PM


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