Player News - Lakers

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Jabari Brown will play for the Lakers during the summer league.

"I’m just trying to be positive and hope that something works out," Brown said. "I just need a team that believes in me." He spent last season in China before coming back to the states to play for the D-Fenders in the D-League. With a strong performance this summer, Brown could earn a spot on the Lakers' training camp roster.
Jun 26 - 12:10 PM

The Lakers are not opposed to having Ivica Zubac on their roster next season.

General manager added the D-League isn't "in the equation" for the No. 32 pick. Zubac is huge and is a great passer at the age of 19. He did have a a stress fracture to his navicular bone in his foot when he was 17, so perhaps that's why he slid out of the first round. If the Lakers whiff on a free agent big man, the Croatian big man might get some minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 25 - 6:58 PM

D'Angelo Russell said he's a big fan of coach Luke Walton and is excited to play for him.

Russell said he asked Walton a lot of questions about Stephen Curry. Walton told him to work on his jump-shooting and try to make it tough on defenders to figure out if they need to close-out or go for a block. Russell was reportedly receiving interest from other teams in a trade, but he should be starting for the Lakers. He'll be a risk-reward pick late in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 25 - 5:01 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that while Brandon Ingram needs to bulk up, but added that the No. 2 has no ceiling.

"We look at him and his age [18] and his body type, his willingness to work and be coached," Kupchak said. "We think the upside and potential in him, there is no ceiling on him." Kupchak also admitted that he received several offers for Ingram on draft day, but it sounds like the franchise is very excited about him and it's clear that he's staying put.
Jun 24 - 9:57 AM

Ivica Zubac was taken with the 32nd pick for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Even at age 19, Zubac already has true size for a center at 7’1" and 265 pounds. He didn’t receive much playing time in the Adriatic League, playing just 13.0 minutes per game with averages of 6.8 points, 3.0 boards and 1.2 blocks. He also made just 57.1 percent from the line, so the shooting side isn’t there yet. Zubac's self-assessed strengths include his low-post game, back-to-the-baseket game, protecting the paint and passing ability. Coach Luke Walton has to like his big-bodied center being somewhat similar to Andrew Bogut, but it'll be a bit before he's getting minutes. Per Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, Zubac is expected to join the Lakers for the 2016-17 season. For what it's worth, Zubac also said he wants to emulate Marc Gasol on the court.
Jun 23 - 11:11 PM

The Lakers have selected Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Coach Luke Walton gets his starting small forward just two days after his introductory press conference. At 6’9" with a 7’3" wingspan, he’ll give the Lakers some length on the defensive end with his 1.4 blocks per game last year, but Ingram will need a lot of help to play defense in the NBA. On offense, he was terrific from deep, making 41.0 percent from that range and a respectable 37.6 percent on two-point jumpers. He’s a good bet to be the most valuable rookie in standard leagues and could even play some stretch four when he bulks up.
Jun 23 - 7:44 PM

The Kings have been "heavily engaged" in trade talks all week and have tried to land D'Angelo Russell, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Kings sound like they're going to be busy and adding the 22nd pick could help them pull off a deal. Russell lost some momentum as a prospect due to some off-court issues and a somewhat disappointing rookie campaign. The Kings are going to need a point guard with Rajon Rondo likely headed elsewhere. Of course, nothing is imminent.
Jun 23 - 7:24 PM

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, baring a last minute blockbuster trade, the Lakers will take Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft.

Ingram is the obvious choice for the No. 2 overall pick, and some GMs have even stated that they would go with Ingram over Ben Simmons. Ingram should have plenty of opportunity playing in the Lakers' new uptempo system, although he will be competing for touches with the likes of D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
Jun 22 - 12:35 PM

D'Angelo Russell said that he isn't worried about all the trade rumors.

A recent report from Chad Ford of ESPN suggested that the Lakers could trade Russell in exchange for another top-five pick in the NBA Draft, but a trade seems unlikely at this point. Russell also added that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak texted him and told him not to worry about anything. Still just 20 years old, Russell has plenty of time to develop into a really nice player.
Jun 21 - 8:55 PM

Luke Walton stated during his introductory press conference that the Lakers will play "an uptempo game."

Walton also said that he wants to give his players more "freedom," and he wants to create an environment where his guys are "happy to come to work and practice," so he more or less is striving to be the exact opposite of Byron Scott. Walton will likely be incorporating a lot of the things he learned in Golden State, going with an uptempo and free flowing offense, which is good news for guys like Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell.
Jun 21 - 6:39 PM

The Pistons are one of four teams interested in Ivica Zubac.

The Bosnian big man is 7'1" and is only 19 years old. "[My agent] told me we were only going to select only three or four teams who are most interested, who are calling the most asking for you and watching the most in Europe and scouting me," Zubac said. He's likely going to come off the board in the 20-30 range.
Jun 20 - 8:07 PM

The Lakers could look to trade D'Angelo Russell for a top-five pick in the 2016 draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

Interesting. The Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are likely to take Brandon Ingram. Ford said Russell may have "burned some bridges" last season with the Lakers, which isn't a surprise to anyone after the drama with Nick Young. Russell did show some promise as a scorer late in the year, but the off-court concerns could have him headed elsewhere.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 3:22 PM

Brandon Bass will turn down his player option for the 2016-17 season.

This will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He was due to make just over $3.1 million, but he should be able to do better with the rising salary cap. While it's still possible that Bass could re-sign with the Lakers, don't be surprised if tries to join a contender.
Jun 18 - 12:26 PM

Jordan Clarkson would like to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clarkson may get an offer sheet from another team this summer, but the restricted free agent wants to stay with the Lakers. "LA is like home for me, so I definitely want to be here," Clarkson said. While Clarkson could get an offer the Lakers don't want to match, it would be a surprise to see him leave Los Angeles, where he is set up for solid fantasy production in 2016-17 with Kobe Bryant retired.
Jun 16 - 1:08 PM

An unnamed general manager told NBA.com he would take Brandon Ingram over Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

While other general managers have said they would take Simmons at No. 1, there is a contingent that thinks Ingram is a worthy first pick as well. "I would pick Brandon before Ben," said an unnamed GM.. "It's simple. If you're supposed to be the best pro prospect in a year you need to get your team to the tournament. I can't close my eyes and pretend you didn't get your team to the tournament." We'll have to wait until June 23 to know what the 76ers will do with the top pick, but Ingram will be a player to monitor in 2016-17 fantasy drafts no matter where he lands.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 16 - 9:38 AM


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