Player News - Lakers

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Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

"I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense.
Feb 26 - 3:40 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said he has no regrets on his relationship with Dwight Howard during Howard's time with the Lakers.

Even though Bryant is out for the season, he's had no shortage of excellent quotes as of late. "I tried teaching Dwight. I tried showing him," Bryant said. "But when he saw the reality of it, it made him uncomfortable. And it's very tough to be able to fight through that, to deal with that challenge. And I don't think he was willing to deal with that uncomfortable and combative nature."
Source: USA Today
Feb 26 - 11:52 AM

Jordan Hill hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

Robert Sacre failed to even score as the starting center, and it makes little sense that Hill isn't starting. He's averaging 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, a steal and a block since returning from a hip injury, and is worth a look if you need a big man (and you might if you own Jusuf Nurkic, who went down an ankle injury tonight).
Feb 26 - 1:53 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis came off the bench for 12 points, nine boards, a steal and three blocks on 6-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win.

Davis is kind of hot right now, averaging 9.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and is shooting 64 percent in 25 minutes over his last five games. And that makes him worth owning, especially if you're trying to squeeze some juice out of a guy like Al-Farouq Aminu.
Feb 26 - 1:49 AM

Wayne Ellington played a team-high 38 minutes on Wednesday and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists on 5-of-12 shooting.

We were expecting more shots and some threes with Nick Young out (knee), but a double-double works, as well. Ellington had been slumping over his last couple games, but with a season-high 10 boards and heavy minutes, could be ready to get hot again for the Lakers, who have somehow won two straight basketball games. And in case you're wondering about the two-game winning streak, just four NBA teams have a winning streak longer than the Lakers - OKC, Cleveland, Houston and New Orleans.
Feb 26 - 1:39 AM

Jordan Clarkson hit 10-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

Jeremy Lin hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points and three assists tonight, after going off for 25 and 18 points in his previous two games. Clarkson had cooled off recently and appeared to be losing traction to Lin, but is still averaging 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. As long as he's starting, he still looks like a much safer play than Lin at this point.
Feb 26 - 1:35 AM

Carlos Boozer started again on Wednesday and had 14 points, six boards and three steals in another Lakers win.

He had 12 points and eight boards in his previous game after picking up a DNP last Friday, and if you're in a points league, he might be able to help you as long as he continues to start.
Feb 26 - 1:32 AM

Ronnie Price had right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and will be out for 6-8 weeks.

He is out for the season. Price has been dealing with his nagging elbow injury since at least Jan. 14, but he should be ready for next year. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
Feb 25 - 2:42 PM

The Lakers will start Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Carlos Boozer and Robert Sacre against the Jazz on Wednesday.

Their second unit is thin with Nick Young (knee) out, so there should be a lot of Jeremy Lin and Jordan Hill off the bench. Sacre did only play 11 minutes due to foot soreness, but he's still not a reliable fantasy option.
Feb 25 - 2:17 PM

Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

He is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Celtics on Sunday, so it's a shame that he is going to have to sit this one out. The good news is that an MRI taken on his knee came back negative, but head coach Byron Scott said that Young was still dealing with some swelling. Consider Young day-to-day for now, and expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin to all see increased opportunities with Young on the shelf.
Feb 25 - 1:36 PM

Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

An MRI taken on Young's knee came back negative, but with him sitting out of Tuesday's practice, he looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah. If he's unable to go, there will be more minutes for guys like Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington. Stay tuned.
Feb 24 - 3:55 PM

Ronnie Price is set to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow on Wednesday, and head coach Byron Scott said that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

With Price sidelined, Jeremy Lin will likely soak up a majority of his reserve minutes and he's due for a boost in value. Lin has been playing well lately, putting up 25 and 18 points in his previous two outings, so he's worth a look in standard leagues for owners seeking some scoring, assists, 3-pointers and steals.
Feb 24 - 3:51 PM

Robert Sacre (foot) returned to practice on Tuesday.

The Lakers are listing Sacre as questionable for Wednesday's game against Utah, and if he's unable to, Ed Davis or Jordan Hill will have the opportunity to return to the starting lineup. Sacre is averaging a meager 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds on 38.4 percent shooting with the starting unit, and he can't be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 3:48 PM

Kobe Bryant confirmed that he demanded a trade that never came to fruition in 2007.

"Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday. The Lakers looked into a deal with the Bulls, but the deal is believed to have fallen apart based on the Lakers' insistence that Luol Deng was included. Bryant also confirmed that he vetoed a trade that would have sent him to Detroit for Richard Hamilton. While this news has no bearing on fantasy owners, it's interesting to wonder what might have been.
Feb 24 - 9:33 AM

Robert Sacre (foot) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He had some foot soreness on Sunday and he won't miss much time. If he can't start, it'll likely be Jordan Hill back in the starting lineup.
Feb 23 - 7:39 PM

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