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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
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Lonzo Ball (knee) said he feels "good enough to play," but will sit out through the All-Star break and is planning on returning Feb. 23 vs. Dallas.
As expected, Ball will not compete in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Ball said he still feels a little discomfort when he pushes off the left knee on defense. However, he also told reporters that he would be playing now if these were playoff games. Ball plans to get in full-contact, full-speed practices before returning to game action. Feb 14 - 12:25 PM

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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

Jordan Clarkson admitted he's having difficulty adjusting to the role of starting point guard.

Lonzo Ball (shoulder) is out for at least another handful of days, so Clarkson will have to navigate through his difficulties on the fly. "I’m used to coming off the bench and scoring quick, getting them up quick, and when you’re playing at point and you’re playing that many minutes, you’ve gotta pick your spots," Clarkson said. "It’s pretty difficult." Luke Walton wants Clarkson to find a balance between scoring and playmaking, but it's hard to blame JC given the sixth-man role he's been regularly asked to play on this team. "It definitely has been tough for me these last two games," Clarkson added. "The looks are different but I’m going to get it while this is going on." Hopefully, Lonzo's absence will be of the short-term variety.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Jordan Clarkson started at point guard for the first time this season for Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and hit 8-of-23 shots for 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 35 minutes of Monday's loss to the Timberwolves.

Clarkson was 0-for-3 from downtown, and while he's struggling from long range these days (2-of-13 over his last five games), he's going to start at point guard for another week and is going to be a hot pickup for as long as Ball is out. Go get him. He's struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 33 percent over his last five games, but he's played well in two straight, averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals over his last two games.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 01:01:00 AM

Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Andrew Bogut are starting for the Lakers on Christmas night.

Clarkson will start for Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and Hart is in for Brandon Ingram (quad) tonight. With the Lakers banged up both Clarkson and Hart should be busy tonight, while Tyler Ennis should also see some extra run for L.A.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 10:22:00 PM

Brook Lopez was quiet in 21 minutes vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist and three blocks.

Lopez has never been a great rebounder for his position, but his total rebound rate this season is a paltry 9.8%, worse than rookies Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. That may have been one reason coach Luke Walton gave more minutes to Kuzma, Julius Randle and a variety of small lineups tonight, and Lopez didn't play in the fourth quarter until 3:16 remained. He should fare better in Phoenix on Monday.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 12:06:00 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in his regular-season debut on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

KCP has served his two-game suspension, so he should be starting the rest of the way, which will result in Corey Brewer heading back to the bench. There also might not be quite as many minutes available for Jordan Clarkson, and Lonzo Ball could see a minor dip in usage. Feel free to get Caldwell-Pope active.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Rajon Rondo reportedly met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday.

With the Knicks using up most their cap space to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker, they don't really have the money to offer Rondo anything more than the minimum, so he might be forced to take whatever deal the Lakers offer him with the point guard position filled on most teams around the league. Rondo would likely be asked to serve in a mentorship role to Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles, which would likely result in a value-killing timeshare situation, so not ideal for fantasy hoops.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 06:44:00 PM

There is reportedly "significant mutual interest" between unrestricted free agent George Hill and the Lakers.

Hill met with the Lakers on Monday and both sides have reportedly engaged in "serious talks" regarding a short-term deal with the Los Angeles franchise. Word is that Lakers' management believes that Hill and No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball could share the backcourt, but Hill's presence on the roster would very likely limit Ball's fantasy potential. As a side note, the Nuggets remain interested in signing Hill, but they'll need to clear some cap space before they can make an offer.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 04:47:00 PM

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