Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

A Lakers executive said Luol Deng is "all but semi-retired."

The exec added that he may never play again in the NBA unless he "has a change of heart." The Lakers were looking to possibly trade Deng last season but could never get anything done. He only played in one game last season and that was opening night. There's no reason to believe we'll see him suit up for Lakers again, or possibly play in the NBA period.
Jul 21 - 9:59 AM

Michael Beasley has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Yep, that makes it Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley on the Lakers -- Nick Young coming back? Beasley isn't nearly in the same spot as he was with the Knicks, and he won't be getting many minutes behind forwards LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and some other wings. The Knicks are going to be very thin at forward, which means Kevin Knox and Mario Hezonja should see some heavy run in their first seasons at MSG.
Jul 20 - 5:06 PM

The Lakers waived Malik Newman on Thursday.

He didn't get much of a chance after the Lakers signed him to a two-way deal on July 1. Newman scored 14.2 points per game at Kansas last year.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 19 - 9:11 PM

Tyler Ennis has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce.

Ennis, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12.6 minutes over 54 games for the Lakers last season.
Jul 19 - 10:46 AM

Alex Caruso returned to action on Tuesday after missing Monday's game with gastroenteritis.

He finished with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, three rebounds, four assists and a block. With the Lakers crawling with guards this season, it's hard to see Caruso making much of a regular-season impact.
Jul 17 - 11:53 PM

Svi Mykhailiuk, who was one of the heroes in Monday's semifinal win, hit just 3-of-10 shots and 2-of-7 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's 91-73 loss to the Blazers.

The Blazers take home the trophy while the Lakers saw their winning streak end at 12 games. Svi was 0-for-6 in the first half and the Lakers were 0-for-10 from downtown in the first half, finishing the game with just three 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting for the game. The Lakers were clearly tired after the winning streak and a double-overtime win Monday. Svi earned second-team honors in Vegas, while teammate Josh Hart earned the MVP Award and first-team honors. The 47th pick in the draft has a chance to be a nice role player for the Lakers this season, but it's hard to see him being a big fantasy factor, as of now.
Jul 17 - 11:51 PM

Josh Hart was ejected after picking up a couple of technicals late in Tuesday's Vegas Finale, exiting the game with the Lakers down 20-plus points in the fourth quarter.

The Vegas Summer League MVP (named earlier tonight) finished with 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting and looked gassed after going off for a record 37 points against the Cavs on Monday night. Hart had a big Summer League showing and appears to have a chance to start for the Lakers when the regular season rolls around. If that's the case, he's probably worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Jul 17 - 11:47 PM

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

LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas next week, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The training camp will take place July 25-27. It will be the first official USA Basketball practice sessions with Gregg Popovich as the head coach. Team USA will eventually be whittled down to 12 players to represent America at the 2019 World Cup in China and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. LeBron is expected to address the media for the first time since the end of the NBA Finals on July 30th.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:42 AM

Svi Mykhailiuk hit 12-of-20 shots and 6-of-11 3-pointers for 31 points, four rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes of Monday's thrilling double-overtime 112-109 win over the Cavaliers to help the Lakers stay undefeated and advance to the Final on Tuesday night.

Svi, the 47th pick, has had a great summer and is finalizing a three-year deal with the Lakers. He came into this one playing very well and had his best game yet tonight. The Lakers might have gotten a steal at 47, but he's still not likely to make a fantasy impact this season. This marked the first time that we know of that two SL teammates have gone for 30 points (Josh Hart had 37).
Jul 16 - 11:01 PM

Josh Hart led the Lakers with a Summer-league record 37 points and six 3-pointers on 13-of-28 shooting before fouling out in the final seconds of Monday's double-overtime, 112-109 win over the Cavaliers to advance to the Summer League Finals tomorrow night.

He bested Lonzo Ball's 36-point game from last Summer with this one and helped the Lakers win their 12th straight SL game. The MVP vote takes place tonight, and if Hart doesn't win it, the fix is in. Ball was last Summer's Vegas MVP, and Hart added nine rebounds, a steal and a block to his line. Magic Johnson has been so impressed, he says that Hart has a chance to start this season for the Lakers, and Hart has certainly turned heads with his Vegas showing. The Lakers will play the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers for the Vegas title on Tuesday night.
Jul 16 - 10:57 PM

Josh Hart put up 18 points in Sunday's Summer League win over the Pistons, adding four assists, two rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer across 21 minutes.

Hart got off to a hot start, sinking his first four shots, and perhaps he had some extra incentive to put his skills on display with LeBron James watching from the sidelines. He also did an excellent job of shutting down Bruce Brown Jr. on the other end of the floor, and based on recent comments from Magic Johnson, it seems he'll be competing for the starting two-spot with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at training camp. Hart could make for a nice sleeper pick on draft day.
Jul 15 - 5:55 PM

Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.

His left knee is the knee that kept him out for two different long stints during the season with an MCL sprain and a contusion, and this is the same knee that reportedly has a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic knee surgery can have a fairly quick recovery time, so Ball could still be 100 percent for camp just like general manager Rob Pelinka said earlier this week.
Jul 13 - 6:03 PM

President Magic Johnson said some Laker players "better watch out because [Josh Hart] is pushing to start."

"He’s playing unbelievable in Las Vegas," Johnson said. Hart has arguably been the MVP in Vegas -- a fairly easy argument -- with averages of 22.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in all four wins. Hart is a better fit with LeBron James than the other point guards, and he'll still likely be able to find minutes at three positions. He's an option at the end of drafts.
Jul 13 - 2:35 PM

Josh Hart scored 20 points with six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes during an 82-69 win over the Clippers on Thursday.

The Lakers are rolling with their 4-0 record this year, and Hart has been on quite a winning streak in Vegas after the Lakers took home the title last year. There's zero reason for Hart to be out there, but coach Miles Simon has said Hart's leadership has been big for some of the other guys. Hart will be in the rotation in October, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him cut into the PG minutes to go with his wing run.
Jul 12 - 10:27 PM


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