Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Luke Walton said Brandon Ingram will "absolutely" play some point guard minutes with Rajon Rondo (hand) out 3-5 weeks.

He also mentioned Lance Stephenson and Svi Mykhailiuk as guys "who can play point guard," as well as LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. There's no single 'winner' here, in other words, and no speculative pickups outside of deep leagues.

LeBron James rested during Thursday's practice.

This was just a precaution after his monster 44/10/9 game vs. a physical Blazer team on Wednesday. Coach Luke Walton said that LeBron "felt fine" and he'll be ready to go in Orlando on Saturday.
Nov 15 - 3:49 PM

Rajon Rondo (fractured right hand) will have surgery within 24 hours and he's expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

The timetable was already known and the only question was if he needed surgery -- he will. Lonzo Ball is a winner while he's sidelined and we'll see more of LeBron James, Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson as ball-handlers. Josh Hart could get a boost with the second unit, too. Given his assists-specialist appeal this season, it's hard to justify holding onto him.
Nov 15 - 3:22 PM

Rajon Rondo is expected to miss the next 3-5 weeks of action with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand.

Rondo will meet with a specialist on Thursday to determine whether or not he will require surgery, at which point, we'll have a better idea on his exact timetable. Lonzo Ball will be the primary beneficiary while Rondo recovers, and Lance Stephenson could see some increased responsibilities with the second unit. Rondo was just barely clinging to late-round value this season, so if you're in a standard 12-team league without an IR-spot, he's not really worth holding.
Source: ESPN
Nov 15 - 10:05 AM

Kyle Kuzma was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting on Wednesday, going 3-of-8 from the field with one steal in 25 minutes.

Kuzma did hit a 3-pointer and grab one steal, with five rebounds, so it wasn't a complete waste. It's the first time all season he's been held to single-digit scoring and we're not expecting a repeat performance in back-to-back games this weekend vs. the Magic (Saturday) and Heat (Sunday).
Nov 15 - 1:30 AM

Lance Stephenson played 13 minutes on Wednesday but shot just 2-of-8 from the field for four points.

He was 0-of-5 from deep with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. His only fantasy relevance this season came while Brandon Ingram was suspended in October. Rajon Rondo's fractured hand could shift Stephenson into more of a ball-handler role with the second unit, but we're still not eager to add him.
Nov 15 - 1:29 AM

JaVale McGee made 9-of-12 shots to score 20 points in a home win on Wednesday.

The Lakers have won four straight games and six of their last seven, helping them pull two games above .500 after a rocky start. McGee has been a consistently pleasant surprise all season and he's single-handedly winning blocks and FG% for owners some weeks, while chipping in strong boards, scoring and steals. What's not to love?
Nov 15 - 1:28 AM

Tyson Chandler exited Wednesday's game with a bruised chest, but he returned to finish with four points and six rebounds in 21 minutes.

He got hit in the same spot that he was elbowed during practice recently, but it doesn't sound like there's anything to worry about going forward. The veteran has given L.A. some frontcourt depth when JaVale McGee is resting, but his on-court presence is infinitely more valuable than his fantasy worth.
Nov 15 - 1:27 AM

LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the No. 5 all-time NBA scorer on Wednesday, finishing with 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, five 3-pointers and three blocks.

It was all LeBron, all the time tonight as he made 13-of-19 field goals and 13-of-15 free throws, en route to the season-high in scoring. Up next on the all-time list are MJ, Kobe, The Mailman and Kareem. He's averaging a sustainable 35.0 minutes and his numbers are in line with recent seasons, which is all fantasy owners need for auto-pilot top-10 value. Oh, and LeBron has the Lakers winning again, too.
Nov 15 - 1:24 AM

Rajon Rondo fractured his hand during Wednesday's game and will be out at least a couple weeks, according to coach Luke Walton.

Walton said the injury happened when Rondo hit the floor going for a steal, and it's a tough break for a Lakers team that's been cruising recently. Lonzo Ball's minutes should increase and Lance Stephenson could be asked to handle the ball more, too. There's not really enough upside here to hold him in most leagues while he recovers.
Nov 15 - 1:22 AM

Tyson Chandler said he's not interested in taking over the starting center spot in Los Angeles.

"It's not about me and him. I not here to take anybody's job," said Chandler of JaVale McGee. "I'm here to help make the team better. My hope is to make his job easier, so he stays fresh and so he can play throughout the year and gives us the type of minutes that he's given as well as me." McGee didn't seem all that happy when discussing the addition of Chandler during a recent interview, but Chandler is saying all the right things here. So far, it seems the two can co-exist, but McGee is the center you want to own.
Nov 14 - 11:07 AM

The 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

"[The 76ers] depth is depleted. They need to add shooting, I had in my article on Saturday that they still retain interest in Cavs wing Kyle Korver," said Kevin O'Connor, "I’ve since heard that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the Lakers is a guy that they could have eyes for." Philly's preference would be to bring in Korver, as he's more consistent, but any shooter will do. KCP's value has dried up in Los Angeles, but he could return to relevance with the 76ers.
Nov 14 - 9:11 AM

Moritz Wagner picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

Wagner was unavailable to begin the season due to a bruised left knee, but he's been 'available' to play since Oct. 31. He's simply not part of coach Luke Walton's rotation.
Nov 12 - 12:37 AM

Michael Beasley was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.

Beasley missed some time for personal reasons but he's been with the team since at least Nov. 6. It appears he's simply not part of coach Luke Walton's rotations, and the Lakers' recent surge implies that he won't be any time soon.
Nov 12 - 12:36 AM

Brandon Ingram (left ankle) had 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and a game-high six turnovers in 29 minutes on Sunday.

Ingram tweaked his ankle during Saturday's game but it wasn't a lasting concern. The league's GMs pegged Ingram as the second-most-likely player to have a breakout season, behind Jamal Murray, but thus far he's seen declines in scoring (15.6 points per game), FG percentage (45.9%), rebounds (4.5), and assists (1.9). With LeBron James dictating the action most nights, we're not expecting a mid-season renaissance for Ingram.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 12 - 12:34 AM


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