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Lonzo Ball | Guard | #2

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/27/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 190
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (2) / LAK
Contract: view contract details

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Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.
The Lakers announced that Ball is "expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2018-19 training camp." We should get a better idea of when he'll return to basketball activities in the coming weeks. The Lakers will have an open competition for the starting point guard role, but Ball should be able to beat out Rajon Rondo. Jul 17 - 8:03 PM

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Rajon Rondo said he would accept a reserve role with the Lakers this upcoming season.

"Whatever they ask me, you know, my main objective is to win," Rondo said. "I'm ready to help develop Lonzo [Ball] as much as possible. If I'm not starting and he's starting, he's going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we'll be ready to roll." Rondo will be competing for the starting spot at camp, but it sounds like he'll be fine with whatever plays out. Unfortunately, the addition of Rondo could spell a value-killing, timeshare situation in fantasy hoops.
Source: TMZ
Aug 8 - 10:11 AM

General manager Rob Pelinka made it clear four of the five opening-night starting spots are an open competition.

Obviously the one that isn't is LeBron James. Lonzo Ball has reportedly said that he expects to compete for the starting job with Rajon Rondo -- Ball is expected to be 100 percent for camp. Besides the point guard spot, the center spot has a big question mark with JaVale McGee, Ivica Zubac, and Moe Wagner.
Jul 12 - 4:34 PM

Rajon Rondo has agreed to a deal with the Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rondo's contract with Los Angeles will reportedly be a one-year deal at $9 million, and it'll be interesting to see what happens with Lonzo Ball now that Rondo is with the club. For what it's worth, Rondo is reportedly coming to camp with plans of competing for the starting point guard position, so this has the potential to devolve into a value-killing timeshare between Ball and Rondo. Rondo's departure from New Orleans should result in an uptick in usage for Jrue Holiday.
Jul 2 - 5:30 PM

While the Lakers "like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades," according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times.

The report states that Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle or Josh Hart could all be had for the right price. This isn't shocking, as the Lakers have long been planning to make a major push for LeBron James and/or Paul George this summer. If it takes moving one of their young studs to make that happen, the Lakers won't hesitate.
May 19 - 1:29 PM

Alex Caruso (concussion) had five points, three assists and one rebound in 16 minutes vs. Dallas on Wednesday, going 1-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line.

Caruso wound up missing four games and his return was welcome news for L.A.'s backcourt. Isaiah Thomas (hip surgery) is done for the season, so Caruso should assume a steady role behind Lonzo Ball. He could even find himself starting in the near future because Ball exited tonight's game with a bruised left knee -- if you need a guard in a deep league, it makes sense to speculatively add him.
Mar 29 - 1:33 AM

Isaiah Thomas is set to undergo arthroscopic hip surgery on Thursday.

Thomas recently met with a specialist in New York, and they ultimately determined that surgical intervention would present the best path to recovery, which is probably what he should have just done initially. It's a tough blow for Thomas, who will be fetching offers on the open market as a free agent this summer, and he's assuredly done for the season. Cut him. Lonzo Ball will be logging heavy minutes moving forward with Tyler Ennis serving as his primary backup.
Mar 28 - 1:34 PM

Isaiah Thomas is currently headed to New York to meet with a specialist to evaluate treatment options for his ailing hip.

Thomas will miss his second game in a row on Monday, and "evaluating treatment options" sure sounds like surgery is being discussed. Either way, with Thomas looking to sign a contract this summer there's zero incentive for him to fight through the pain and potentially make his hip issue worse, particularly given the team he's currently playing for, so we wouldn't expect him back soon. He wasn't even playing well prior to going down, so he can be cut in most leagues. Lonzo Ball's minutes might regularly be in the 40s to close out the year.
Mar 26 - 5:48 PM

Josh Hart finished Wednesday's road loss with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

Lonzo Ball (knee) said recently that he feels "good enough to play," but will rest through the All-Star break as a precaution. It will be very interesting to see how coach Luke Walton handles his rotations once his backcourt is complete, but Hart should still find minutes with the versatility to play multiple positions. The same can't be said for veterans like Isaiah Thomas and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, both of whom are on expiring contracts.
Feb 15 - 12:03 AM

Isaiah Thomas has been traded to the Lakers in the deal sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers.

Channing Frye is also headed to L.A. as part of the deal, along with a first-round pick from the Cavs. Josh Hart's fantasy stock dips with IT in town, and this gives the Lakers more leeway to ease back Lonzo Ball from his knee injury. Thomas is heading into unrestricted free agency and will reportedly be seeking a max deal, but L.A. reportedly hopes to retain him. The Lakers play with the fastest pace in the league, which can only help Thomas, so fantasy owners should be satisfied with his landing spot.
Feb 8 - 12:13 PM

Josh Hart notched his second straight double-double during Sunday's win over the Thunder, tallying 14 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

The Lakers got embarrassed in a blowout loss to Orlando last Wednesday, which prompted Luke Walton to replace Tyler Ennis in the starting five with Hart, and the end result has been back-to-back wins for L.A. Over that two-game span, Hart has posted averages of 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.5 steals and just 1.0 turnover per game while connecting on an unsustainable 71.4% of his shot attempts. Lonzo Ball (knee) isn't expected to play Tuesday, so Hart figures to earn another start, putting him on the radar in deep leagues.
Feb 4 - 5:11 PM

Tyler Ennis tied his season-high with four rebounds on Wednesday, but he scored just five points without any other stats in 10 minutes of action.

Ennis actually tied his season-high in boards just four minutes into the first quarter tonight. He played less than reserve guards Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart and Alex Caruso, and his fantasy role could vaporize entirely whenever Lonzo Ball (knee) returns. Plan accordingly.
Jan 31 - 10:14 PM

Alex Caruso posted 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Sunday's loss at Toronto.

Caruso is working his way into the rotation with solid play when called upon. Over the past four games he is averaging 7.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Those aren't huge numbers, but it's all about baby steps for the former Texas A&M standout. As long as Lonzo Ball (knee) is sidelined, Caruso appears to have a chance to shine. That makes him worth a look in deep leagues, and as a low-cost contrarian play in DFS.
Jan 28 - 9:22 PM

Tyler Ennis started Wednesday's game and had nine points, three rebounds and three assists, making 4-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

Lonzo Ball (knee) was out again tonight so Ennis was tabbed to start alongside Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. As long as Ball is day-to-day there's no real incentive to own Ennis anywhere.
Jan 18 - 12:33 AM

Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) will not play vs. Memphis on Monday.

His absence should yield more playing time for Kyle Kuzma, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes with Ingram leaving early on Saturday. Corey Brewer should also step up in the rotation, and the Lakers will need a team-wide effort with Lonzo Ball (knee) also unavailable tonight.
Jan 15 - 5:12 PM

Tyler Ennis will start vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, according to coach Luke Walton.

Jan 15 - 4:54 PM

Rajon Rondo tied a franchise record with nine assists in the first quarter on Monday, finishing with 15 dimes, 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 32 minutes.

Rondo came in averaging 18.5 minutes in the Pelicans' two previous games, and coach Alvin Gentry challenged him to be more aggressive at both ends tonight. He's not always fun to own, but elite assists make him worth the trouble in most formats -- among players outside the top-100 for roto value this season, Rondo is easily the leader with 8.0 assists per game. The only players close are Lonzo Ball (7.0), Elfrid Payton (6.6), J.J. Barea (6.0) and Jarrett Jack (6.0).
Jan 8 - 11:41 PM

Luke Walton's job status is "not even a conversation," according to a Lakers source of Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Lonzo Ball's father, LaVar Ball recently attacked the Lakers' head coach, saying he had lost the locker room and that the Lakers' players "don't want to play" for Walton, but Los Angeles management is not taking those remarks seriously. For what it's worth when Lonzo was asked if he liked playing for Luke, he responded: "I'll play for anybody... my job is to play basketball, I don't decide who the coach is."
Jan 7 - 3:32 PM

Tyler Ennis handed out six assists in 21 minutes on Wednesday, adding four points and four rebounds in a loss to the visiting Thunder.

Lonzo Ball (shoulder) is expected to practice Thursday, with the goal of returning on Friday, so Ennis' stint as the starting PG is almost over. There should be more promising options, both short- and long-term, on your waiver wire.
Jan 4 - 2:32 AM

Josh Hart made 9-of-13 shots to score a career-high 26 points during Sunday's double-OT defeat, sinking four 3-pointers with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 37 minutes.

Hart made the most of his minutes and his hot shooting was a surprise, since the knock against him has always been his jumper -- he did go just 4-of-8 from the FT line, so it wasn't all good news. Lonzo Ball (left shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday and it's uncertain if he'll be ready to go vs. OKC on Wednesday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will also miss Monday's game, which at least gives Hart one more game with an expanded role in the Lakers' short-handed backcourt. After Monday, though, all bets are off.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:33:00 PM

Tyler Ennis (illness) tied his career-high with 20 points on Sunday, adding 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals in 45 minutes during an overtime loss in Houston.

Ennis shot 8-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line before eventually fouling out. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was out tonight -- he and Lonzo Ball will also miss Monday's road game. That props open the door for Ennis, who is a fine streaming play vs. the Wolves on Monday, but this is an inherently short-lived situation.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:30:00 PM

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