Player News - Lakers

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Derrick Williams has reportedly agreed to terms with Bayern Munich for the 2018-19 season.

Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, spent most of last season in China before signing a 10-day contract with the Lakers in March. He appeared in just two games for Los Angeles.
Sep 18 - 11:06 AM

With Magic Johnson wanting Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive, the Lakers point guard has spent the offseason expanding his offensive game.

"The main focus is scoring from all levels," Ball said at his exit interview, "especially off the pick-and-roll getting into the paint. … Floaters, pull-ups, stuff of that nature." He shot just 37.5 percent on pull-up jumpers, 32.6 percent from mid-range and 29.7 percent on floaters as a rookie, so improving these percentages would immediately make him a lot more appealing in standard leagues. Ball is still recovering from knee surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp where he will compete with Rajon Rondo for minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 16 - 10:39 AM

Ivica Zubac made 3-of-4 from the field for 11 points against Lithuania on Friday, adding four rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes.

After a disappointing sophomore season with the Lakers, he will try to bounce back this upcoming season after the Lakers let Brook Lopez leave while adding JaVale McGee to replace him. McGee has asthma concerns and he's only hit 18 minutes in a game just 13 times over the last five seasons combined, so there are minutes available. As the only other true center on the roster, Zubac stands for a nice increase in playing time, putting him back on the fantasy radar.
Sep 14 - 4:52 PM

Svi Mykhailiuk scored 22 points with three assists, five steals and five 3-pointers against Spain on Friday.

As you might expect, he showed off his pretty jumper in this surprise win with many of those in style (short video in link below). Mykhailiuk showed out in Vegas as one of the best shooters at the event, and he earned the second-most votes for best shooter among rookies despite being the 47th pick. There may not be an opportunity right away, but shooting is a valuable skill in the NBA these days. He could be a factor at some point down the line.
Source: FIBA WC
Sep 14 - 2:58 PM

Kyle Kuzma said he and the coaching staff have "worked on a lot of perimeter skills and playing at the three" this summer.

"Last year I played the three and the four, and I’ll probably play [both] this year, but just to develop my game as a perimeter guy," Kuzma said about his offseason focus. "Reading passes. My handling. Just working out as a guard really helps your overall game." With LeBron James set to soak up most of the PF minutes, it'll be imperative for Kuzma to fill in at the three for close to half of his playing time. If he can do that, he'll warrant a pick in the later rounds, especially in points leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 8:10 PM

Josh Hart said he can be more than a 3-and-D guy.

"When you hear ‘3 and D guy,’ you think of someone that can stand in the corner, make some jump shots when they need to and play defense," Hart said. "I think I can do that, but I think I can do so much more than that." He's also worked on his handles this summer, and he showed he has the potential to be a scorer after his MVP run in Vegas. He's a tremendous fit with LeBron James, so Hart has some sleeper appeal on what could be the NBA's fastest offense.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 12 - 5:47 PM

Lonzo Ball had the injured portion of his left meniscus removed during his July surgery.

Ball tried to alleviate the pain in his troublesome left knee with a PRP injection, but after that didn't remedy the issue, he was forced to go under the knife. Had he opted to repair his meniscus rather than remove a portion of it, he would have been looking at a six-month timetable, but the removal option only involves a six-week recovery period. He should be ready for camp.
Source: Lonzo Wire
Sep 11 - 5:28 PM

Sasha Vujacic worked out for the Pelicans on Monday.

Vujacic, now 34 years of age, saw limited minutes off Knicks bench back in 2016-17. He spent last season in Italy, but is trying to work his way back into the NBA.
Sep 11 - 9:31 AM

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said Kyle Kuzma has "completely changed his physique."

"His back is stronger, his shoulders," Pelinka said. "He spent a couple sessions with Kobe working out down in Orange County on his footwork. He's been hitting the track." Kuzma had quite the rookie season with 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting, but his role for 2018-19 is still unclear with every starting position other than LeBron James' up for grabs.
Sep 9 - 10:26 AM

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he doesn't have a specific plan laid out for LeBron James' workload.

"Not in detail... I'll be in constant communication with him all year long," Walton said. Walton added that LeBron would "play a lot" and that he would prefer LeBron to sit out practice rather than games, but mentioned that the Lakers want to keep him healthy for all four years they have him. After playing 36.9 mpg across 82 games last season, it sounds like Walton wants to slightly reduce both numbers.
Sep 9 - 10:18 AM

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that every starting spot other than LeBron James is up for grabs.

The Lakers used to gush about Ingram with Magic Johnson calling him "untouchable" last summer, but this year is a bit of a different story -- his name popped up in trade talks with Kawhi Leonard and now he's not guaranteed a starting job. Ingram was already in danger of losing some fantasy value with LeBron James running the show, but we still think he's the favorite to start alongside James at the forward positions. If Ingram is going to take the next step as a fantasy asset, he'll need to improve his 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers from last season in addition to his free throw percentage.
Sep 9 - 10:14 AM

Lonzo Ball (knee) was spotted getting up some set shots at a recent workout.

This is the first we've heard of Ball going through any on-court work since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in July, but he's expected to be 100% by training camp, where he'll compete with Rajon Rondo for the starting PG position. Ball will need to adjust to playing alongside LeBron James, and Rondo will be pushing him for minutes, so the presence of those two somewhat limits his upside.
Sep 2 - 6:21 PM

Jamil Wilson has reportedly reached an agreement to play for Fiat Torino in Italy next season.

Wilson inked a two-way contract with the Clippers in 2017-18. He appeared in 15 games ( and averaged 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. L.A. waived him in January.
Aug 27 - 10:51 AM

Kyle Kuzma has been focusing on getting stronger and building a better base.

In his interview with The Athletic, he said he's "not sure" what's it's going to be like playing with LeBron James, but he mentioned that being a Laker already put him in a position to handle the spotlight. Kuzma did have a 22.4 usage rate last year, but thanks to injuries he was able to get to 31.2 minutes per game. With James now in the mix, Kuzma's possible growth in his sophomore season is neutralized by the amount of quality at his positions.
Aug 24 - 4:02 PM

Lakers assistant GM Jesse Buss said he was "terrified" that Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk wouldn't be available at pick 47.

Buss called him a first-round talent and the rookie certainly looked the part during the Summer League. "He’s underrated as an athlete. He has great size for his position," Buss said. "He’s underrated as a defender. One thing people don’t talk about is his assist numbers were the biggest jump for him from his junior to senior year. His playmaking ability really improved." Mykhailiuk's best skill is his shooting and that's exactly what the Lakers need after acquiring guys like Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley, so he has a shot at minutes right out of the gate.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 11:16 AM


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