Fantasy NBA
Los Angeles Lakers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Nick Young, G/F1/24/2015 9:17:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young scored a team-high 17 points during Friday's loss against the Spurs.
Insight: It was an unimpressive line. Young did have three 3-pointers, but also no assists and rebounds, along with one turnover.
Kobe Bryant, G1/23/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is expected the miss the remainder of the season, according to Ramona Shelburne of Espn.com.
Insight: An announcement is expected by the team to make it official, but owners need to prepare for the worst. Wayne Ellington will continue to start, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson also benefiting. Bryant should be at full strength to start training camp.
Nick Young, G/F1/23/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young is probable for Friday's game against San Antonio while dealing with a sprained right thumb.
Insight: Young has never met a shot he didn't like and with Kobe Bryant sidelined he should pick up a lot of the workload at the offensive end. He's averaging 17.5 ppg over his last four contests, but doesn't offer much other than scopring for fantasy owners.
Kobe Bryant, G1/22/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a tear in his rotator cuff.
Insight: The MRI results revealed the injury, which is obviously not good. There is still no word on a timetable, but we would guess it will be a lengthy one, and possibly season-ending with the Lakers essentially out of playoff contention. Stay tuned.
Kobe Bryant, G1/22/2015 2:25:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received an MRI on his hurt shoulder.
Insight: Bryant injured his shoulder during Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans, but he downplayed the injury. The Lakers will release the results of the MRI Thursday evening according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
Jordan Hill, PF1/21/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill recorded a double-double during Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.
Insight: Hill had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and shot 7-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. He is a top-100 option.
Carlos Boozer, F1/21/2015 2:27:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer will play versus the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Insight: Boozer is officially probable, however, he isn't really fantasy relevant in standard leagues. He is averaging just 9.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg this month.
Kobe Bryant, G1/21/2015 2:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Wednesday versus the Pelicans.
Insight: Bryant did not play the last two games in order to receive additional rest for his aching body. Bryant should be fresh for this game and even though he probably won't see more than 30 minutes, Bryant should be in all standard league lineups.
Kobe Bryant, G1/20/2015 3:04:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed Monday's game against Phoenix and Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Bryant should be considered no better than questionable for Wednesday versus New Orleans. Wayne Ellington would get the start.
Jordan Hill, PF1/20/2015 12:03:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill could be in for a lot of playing time with Tarik Black expected to miss at least the next game due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Hill could see 35 minutes or more and that would make him a viable fantasy option as he already averages 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg.
Tarik Black, F1/20/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Lakers backup center Tarik Black (5.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg) suffered a sprained right ankle and is not expected to be available for Wednesday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Black doesn't hold any fantasy value, but his 16 minutes per night could help Jordan Hill. Hill could see 35 minutes plus and that would make him a viable fantasy option as he already averages 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg.
Kobe Bryant, G1/19/2015 3:02:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds Thursday, but then missed Friday's game. This is his eighth game he has missed in the last 15 contests. Wayne Ellington is expected to start.
Ronnie Price, G1/19/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Ronnie Price has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Phoenix
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but with Price sidelined, Lin will have a chance for big minutes.
Jeremy Lin, GCold.1/19/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin could see big minutes Monday against Phoenix with Ronnie Price doubtful and Kobe Bryant's availability up in the air.
Insight: Lin hasn't played very well lately, managing just six points, two rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes Friday. He's gone four straight games scoring single digits with three or less assists.
Ronnie Price, G1/19/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Ronnie Price is doubtful for Monday's game against Phoenix
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but with Price sidelined, Lin would have a chance for big minutes.
Kobe Bryant, G1/19/2015 11:48:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is doubtful for Monday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds Thursday, but then missed Friday's game. He's likely to sit at least one of the Lakers' games during this three-game road trip.
Nick Young, G/F1/17/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young came off the bench and scored 23 points to lead the Lakers in scoring on Friday.
Insight: Young only took nine shots, making four of them, but he hit 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. Young didn't do much else with just two rebounds, however, anyone who rolled the dice with him on Friday should be very happy with his points and free throw percentage.
Kobe Bryant, G1/16/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant put together a very nice line in Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Bryant recorded 19 points, 17 assists and six rebounds. That's the good news. There is also talk of shutting him down, perhaps in March. This would be a good time to "sell high" on the Lakers' guard.
Kobe Bryant, G1/15/2015 9:04:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Thursday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Bryant will face LeBron James for the 20th time in his career. Bryant should be in all lineups.
Jordan Hill, PF1/15/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill (hyperextended left knee) is probable for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hill could have a minutes limit in this one until they make sure his knee is fine, but he's scored double-digit points in five straight games.
Kobe Bryant, G1/14/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had an abysmal shooting night during Tuesday's loss to the Heat.
Insight: He went 3-of-19 from the floor for 12 points, seven assists, six boards, two 3-pointers, obe steal, and two turnovers. Owners need to try and trade Bryant, as he will not even play every night.
Kobe Bryant, G1/13/2015 8:59:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday against the Heat.
Insight: Get him into your lineups. Wayne Ellington's value takes a hit with Bryant active.
Kobe Bryant, G1/12/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced on Monday and apparently "feels a whole lot better," according to head coach Byron Scott.
Insight: He has not played in the past two games, and is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday. Wayne Ellington will continue to see an increase in value whenever Bryant cannot give it a go.
Kobe Bryant, G1/11/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Wayne Ellington would start and see an extended run if Bryant doesn't play. Wesley Johnson is also a question mark for this one.
Jeremy Lin, G1/10/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played well off the bench during Friday's victory against the Magic.
Insight: He had a team-high 18 points and six assists, along with three boards, three 3-pointers, four steals, two blocks, and five turnovers.
Kobe Bryant, G1/9/2015 9:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (rest) will not Friday.
Insight: Wayne Ellington will start and see an extended run.
Wesley Johnson, G/F1/9/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando while dealing with a strained right hip flexor. Update: Johnson will not play Friday.
Insight: He is averaging 9.1 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 assist per night. Wayne Ellington could see added minutes.
Nick Young, G/F1/9/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young missed Wednesday's practice (sore right knee) will play Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: He was questionable heading into the night, but seems good to go. Get Young into your lineup as you normally would.
Nick Young, G/F1/9/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young missed Wednesday's practice (sore right knee) and is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Young was sent to a doctor to have his knee checked out. he can certainly put up shots and points if on the floor, but we have our doubts he'll be ready for Friday's contest.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/7/2015 2:47:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play on Wednesday against the Clippers.
Insight: Over the last four games, Bryant has been much more efficient averaging 17.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 8.0 apg while shooting 46.9 percent. Hopefully he continues to take around 12 shots rather than more than 20 shots like he was taking back in November and early December. With his shot attempts down, his percentages have gone up along with the rebounds and assists.
Ronnie Price, G1/6/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price may have suffered a broken nose Monday, but is planning on playing through it, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
Insight: Price and Jeremy Lin have been sharing the point guard minutes, but Price has been starting. That won't change.
Jordan Hill, PF1/6/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill scored a team-high 23 points with 14 rebounds Monday night.
Insight: Hill led the team in shots because Kobe Bryant sat this one out and "gunner" Nick Young went just 3-of-13. He scored a total of seven points in the previous two games, so obviously this isn't an everyday occurence.
Nick Young, G/F1/5/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young could be in for another big game Monday versus Portland.
Insight: Young is coming off a 22-point performance Sunday night and with Wesley Johnson and Kobe Bryant sidelined for Monday's game should see plenty of minutes and shot attempts.
Julius Randle, F1/5/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle will have surgery to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on Tuesday.
Insight: Since Randle was already done for the season due to a broken right leg, the opportunity was there to fix an injury that had not healed correctly since his high school playing days.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/5/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Lakers coach Byron Scott wants guard Kobe Bryant to sit out one of the two games in back-to-back sets for the remainder of the season, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: That means Bryant is expected to sit out Monday's game against Portland. Although fantasy owners are getting less scoring, they are receiving more assists, rebounds and a better shooting percentage as he displayed in Sunday's 20-point, six-rebound, six-assist, three-steal effort in the Lakers win over Indiana.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/3/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant contiues to see a dip in his scoring numbers but a better performance in his overall game.
Insight: Bryant scored 15 points, well below his 23.8 ppg average, but he also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Both fantasy owners and the Lakers like this version of Kobe much better. Although fantasy owners are getting less scoring, they are receiving more assists, rebounds and a better shooting percentage. The Lakers are also far more competitive when Bryant spreads the ball.
Kobe Bryant, GHot1/2/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been on a minutes limit (32) according to coach Byron Scott.
Insight: It didn't stop him from posting a triple-double. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday. But it does figure to limit his upside as much as keep him fresh.
Carlos Boozer, F12/31/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 19 points off the bench on Tuesday.
Insight: Boozer shot 8-of-14 and actually led the team in shot attempts. He also had nine rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Kobe Bryant, G12/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant only took 11 shots on Tuesday and recorded a triple-double.
Insight: It's a late Christmas miracle! Bryant has only taken 21 shots in the two games since he returned to the court. In the game before his absence, Bryant took 30 shots. It just goes to show you that Bryant doesn't have to shoot a ton to be fantasy relevant. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday.
Kobe Bryant, G12/28/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not play against the Mavericks on Friday, but will return for Sunday's contest.
Insight: With no chance of a title this season, Bryant isn't playing the role of "warrior" who goes out no matter the conditions. Fans and fantasy owners can probably expect this in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
Ed Davis, FHot12/27/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in five consecutive games. We like where this trend is going. When he plays 30 minutes or more, good things happen.
Kobe Bryant, G12/27/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not play against the Mavericks on Friday, but is expected to return for Sunday's contest
Insight: With no chance of a title this season, Bryant isn't playing the role of "warrior" who goes out no matter the conditions. Fans and fantasy owners can probably expect this in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
Kobe Bryant, G12/26/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will likely not play against the Mavericks on Friday according to The Star-Telegram.
Insight: As we said on Christmas, the old Kobe wouldn't miss games, but apparently losing changes a player. Bryant was really only providing fantasy owners scoring and now that he is missing games, his fantasy value continues to drop.
Ed Davis, FHot12/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis went for 13 points and 14 rebounds on Christmas night against the Bulls.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in four consecutive games, though this is the first time with double-digit rebounds. We like where this trend is going.
Wayne Ellington, G12/25/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington will start in place on Kobe Bryant against Chicago.
Insight: Ellington had 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes Tuesday night. He's no Kobe.
Kobe Bryant, G12/25/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State and will miss a second game with what coach Byron Scott called "general soreness."
Insight: The old Kobe was a "warrior" and would never miss games, but this new guy, on a non-competitive team, is apparently ok with taking time off. The Lakers play Dallas on Friday and he has to be considered questionable for that one too.
Ryan Kelly, F12/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly is practicing, but is not expected to return to action until early January,
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle as he'll be behind Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer.
Kobe Bryant, G12/24/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State.
Insight: It was just coach Byron Scott giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a rest day after he shot 26-for-91 (28.5 percent) over the past four games. He should return for the Christmas Day game against Chicago.
Carlos Boozer, F12/24/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer led the team in points and rebounds as LA upset the Golden State Warriors without Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Boozer scored 18 and pulled down nine rebounds as seven Lakers scored in double-digits.
Kobe Bryant, G12/23/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday morning shootaround.
Insight: It could just be giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a bit more rest. We await further word.
Kobe Bryant, G12/20/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot an awful 3-of-15 from the field and missed the game-winning shot on Friday versus the Thunder.
Insight: Jeremy Lin made some noise by saying "I like game-winners too. I would like to shoot some, but I get it" after the game. Those comments are blow a little bit out of proportion because watching the actually Lin interview, it didn't seem like he was implying he should have taken the last shot. Regardless, Bryant is hurting fantasy teams with his 37.7 shooting percent, and on nights where he doesn't score, he isn't much of a fantasy commodity. Ironically, he did have eight rebounds and eight assists Friday to avoid the fantasy dud. Normally, it's the other way around as Bryant is averaging 24.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 5.0 apg this season.
Kobe Bryant, G12/15/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 21 points during Monday's loss to the Pacers.
Insight: He was dreadful from the field, going 8-of-26. Bryant also had four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two steals, and three turnovers.
Nick Young, G/F12/13/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young hit the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime, with under 10 seconds left, to lift Los Angeles over the Spurs on Friday night.
Insight: Young went 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line for 29 points. He is averaging 15.7 ppg and is a top-85 option.
Kobe Bryant, G12/13/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 22 points during Friday's overtime win against the Spurs.
Insight: He played point guard down the stretch and for most of the extra session. Bryant finished with nine assists, five rebounds, four steals, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
Jeremy Lin, G12/10/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is continuing to struggle coming off the bench.
Insight: Lin scored just three points and added four assists, one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes on Tuesday. That's not good enough for a player called a fantasy sleeper in the preseason. Lin said on Sunday he felt a "sharp pain" in his leg, so perhaps that is affecting his play.
Carlos Boozer, F12/10/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer came off the bench on Tuesday and scored 15 points.
Insight: All the shots and scoring is going to Kobe Bryant, who leads the league with 25.6 ppg. Wesley Johnson is third on the team in scoring, but we expect Boozer to remain the team's second-best scoring option. That might not be saying much but if one has to go with a player not named Bryant on the Lakers, it might as well be Boozer.
Kobe Bryant, G12/10/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot a percentage higher than his season average on Tuesday.
Insight: That's not saying much because Bryant is shooting 39 percent from the floor this season, and on Tuesday he shot 40.7 percent. Still, owners will take the 32 points. Bryant is leading the league with 25.5 ppg.
Jeremy Lin, G12/8/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Sacramento due to a sore leg.
Insight: Ronnie Lin got his first start of the season at point guard Sunday. Lin is averaging 11.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, and 1.0 spg, and his poor play got him demoted. It's likely just temporary, but this injury won't help.
Kobe Bryant, G12/5/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant nearly outshot all the other Los Angeles starters combined on Friday.
Insight: Bryant took 21 shots, making nine of them on his way to 22 points. Bryant is leading the league in scoring, but he doesn't give fantasy owners anything else, and he shoots a poor percentage.
Kobe Bryant, G12/3/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued to score a lot and take a lot of shots on Wednesday.
Insight: Bryant finished with 29 points, but he shot just 36 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3-point line. Bryant is not providing much else, and on Wednesday he had four rebounds, three assists and a steal. If owners need lots of points, Bryant is the man, but he won't provide much else.
Nick Young, G/F12/2/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench on Tuesday.
Insight: He also hit three 3-pointers, but was only 5-of-13 from the field. Young will continue to produce points and 3-pointers for owners.
Kobe Bryant, G12/2/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the morning shootaround, but is expected to play Tuesday in detroit.
Insight: The team is likely just trying to manage the 36-year-old's workload. He is averaging 26.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, and 1.4 spg playing almost 36 minutes per night.
Kobe Bryant, G11/29/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points in a loss Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: He shot 10-of-18 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line. Bryant also had five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two turnovers. He is averaging 26.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, and 1.4 spg.
Jeremy Lin, G11/29/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin recorded 18 points and 11 assists in Friday's loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Lin is averaging 12.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, and 1.1 spg, and is currently a top-100 option.
Kobe Bryant, G11/27/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant went 10-of-10 from the free throw in during Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Insight: He was also 5-of-15 and 2-of-5 from deep for 22 points. Bryant also had four rebounds, two assists, and four turnovers.
Carlos Boozer, F11/26/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer will start on Wednesday against the Grizzlies despite his shoulder injury according to Lakers reporter Beto Duran.
Insight: It is still not recommended to start Boozer because of his tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the interior defense of Memphis. But if you need him, Boozer should see his normal amount of minutes.
Xavier Henry, G/F11/24/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (right knee surgery/strained back) is now getting an MRI on his Achilles
Insight: If it is ruptured he's done. Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson will see more playing time if Henry is out, but neither has proven they are fantasy worthy.
Carlos Boozer, F11/24/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer missed Monday's practice and should be considered questionable for Wednesday versus Memphis.
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder issue. Boozer also missed Saturday's game. He's averaging 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg. Ed Davis and Robert Sacre would gain playing time in his absence.
Kobe Bryant, G11/22/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: There shouldn't really be a cause for concern. Coach Byron Scott said Bryant needed the rest for what he called "heavy legs." We agree after seeing him miss his first 12 shots on Friday versus the Mavericks. Bryant should be ready to go on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, G11/22/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot just 27 percent on Friday as he continues to chuck up shots.
Insight: Bryant is averaging 25.5 shot attempts per game in November and 24.0 for the season. He obviously feels the pressure to score a lot due to the lack of talent on the Lakers. That means big numbers most nights, but occasionally he is going to be off and his percentage will suffer a lot.
Kobe Bryant, G11/20/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant posted big numbers, 29 points, five rebounds, seven assists, but missed 18 of 28 shots from the field.
Insight: Bryant is shooting just 38.6 percent from the field this season. We expected a bit of a slow start, but not this poor. However, if you can withstand the early bad shooting, which will surely come around, he's posting solid numbers across the board.
Nick Young, G/F11/19/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young played well in his first game-action of the season.
Insight: He came off the bench and played 28 minutes, going 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line for 17 points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, and one steal. Young will have a chance to chuck all season long.
Jeremy Lin, G11/18/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin was very efficient in Tuesday's victory against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line for 15 points. Lin also chipped in 10 assists, three rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers. Owners should not expect better lines than this throughout the season.
Carlos Boozer, F11/18/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer played well in Tuesday's win versus Atlanta.
Insight: He was 10-of-14 from the floor for 20 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists. Owners should be pleased with this stat line.
Kobe Bryant, G11/18/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant actually shot well from the field in Tuesday's win against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line for 28 points. Bryant also had four rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal, and three turnovers.
Nick Young, G/F11/18/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young is expected to return to action Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Young can score, but he doesn't shoot for a high percentage or add much in other fantasy categories.
Kobe Bryant, G11/16/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable due to illness, but we expect him to play.
Insight: Kobe is coming off a horrible game and the illness probably caused some of it. He was 1-of-14 from the field (7-of-9 from the line) in 36 minutes of action, for only nine points. He's a warrior and should be out there on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, G11/15/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had one of the worst games of his career Friday night.
Insight: He was 1-of-14 from the field (7-of-9 from the line) in 36 minutes of action, for only nine points. Bryant did have six assists, four rebounds, two blocks, one steal, and four turnovers. He will continue to struggle from the floor, but will definitely produce much better than Friday night, as he looks completely healthy.
Carlos Boozer, F11/15/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 19 points in Friday's loss to San Antonio.
Insight: He played well and was 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, while also contributing eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two turnovers. Boozer is averaging 13.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg, while shooting 51 percent from the floor this season.
Ronnie Price, G11/14/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price will miss Friday's game against San Antonio due to a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul against Austin Rivers during Wednesday's game.
Insight: Jeremy Lin should see the vast majority of point guard minutes, but Price gets the backup work. It's more minutes for Lin Friday which should help his numbers.
Kobe Bryant, G11/12/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued his poor shooting, but scored 33 points in Wednesday's loss to New Orleans.
Insight: He was 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, including 5-of-11 from deep. Bryant also had five assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one turnover. It seems he will continue to shoot poorly from the field, but nevertheless it is fun for owners to have him on fantasy teams.
Kobe Bryant, G11/11/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant took 26 shots and scored 28 points against the Grizzles on Tuesday.
Insight: Despite Bryant's solid play, the Lakers continue to lose. Los Angeles is 1-5 this season. Not that fantasy owners care because Bryant had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals to go with his 26 shots.
Kobe Bryant, G11/5/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is clearly healthy early on this season.
Insight: He had a ridiculous 37 shot attempts, but made only 14. Bryant had 39 points, nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, one asisst, one steal, one block, three turnovers in 44 minutes of action. Owners should enjoy the ride.
Ryan Kelly, F11/4/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly practiced Monday and is likely to return to the court Tuesday versus Phoenix.
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle.
Jordan Hill, PF11/2/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill scored 23 points with five rebounds, four assists and three blocks on Saturday.
Insight: Hill logged 34 minutes and played at least 30 minutes for a second straight game. With no Julius Randle, Hill will get a much bigger opportunity. Hill is a must-own player.
Kobe Bryant, G11/2/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles lost, 1127-104, against Golden State.
Insight: Bryant played 35 minutes on Friday and then 36 minutes on Saturday, so that is an excellent sign for Bryant coming off the injury from last season. Bryant also had six rebounds but hurt fantasy owners with seven turnovers.
Jordan Hill, PF11/1/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill led the team in scoring in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, for his 23 points. Hill also contributed five rebounds and one block, and will have a nice opportunity to produce this season, with the Lakers' lack of depth.
Kobe Bryant, G11/1/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on Friday.
Insight: He was 6-of-15 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line, with seven assists, four rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and three turnovers. Bryant looks fantastic in the season's early-going.
Jeremy Lin, G11/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played well in Friday's lost to the Clippers.
Insight: He had 17 points, nine assists, and three 3-pointer, along with four turnovers. Lin will have a nice opportunity to produce fantasy stats all season long.
Ed Davis, FHot10/31/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis has put up two strong performances and should continue to see plenty of playing time.
Insight: despite not starting, Davis is averaging 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.0 blocks per game. It's his defense that will keep him on the court over a veteran like Carlos Boozer and he's a viable fantasy options after the Julius Randle injury.
Kobe Bryant, G10/31/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: One thing fantasy owners should never do is underextimate Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Bryant's return to the court after a "lost" season started slowly in Game 1, but he posted 31 points against Phoenix. Knocking the rust off was to be expected, but nobody has more will to succeed than Bryant.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle will miss the rest of the season according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: The Lakers have already lost Steve Nash and Randle for the season after just one game played. Randle had surgery on his broke tibia and hopes to return for the summer league.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Doctors have diagnosed lakers forward Julius Randle with a broken right tibia. Randle will undergo further evaluations on Wednesday.
Insight: The Lakers heard a pop when Randle went down to the floor late in Tuesday's season opener. It's such a shame. Randle was one of the top rookies drafted in fantasy this season, and he played just one game in his rookie campaign. The Lakers will be even more reliant on Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill.
Kobe Bryant, G10/29/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant led the team with 19 points on opening night.
Insight: Bryant's return was a little disappointing to owners who bought into coach Byron Scott's claim that Bryant would play 30-to-40 minutes. The guard only played 29 minutes versus the Rockets. That, however, could have been due to the blowout on the scoreboard.
Carlos Boozer, F10/29/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and added seven rebounds in the season opener.
Insight: Boozer shot 7-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Julius Randle, F10/29/2014 1:50:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle's debut was cut short when he suffered what appeared to be a broken leg with just under seven minutes remaining in the game.
Insight: Randle was driving to the hoop when he was injured and doctors placed his leg in an aircast. He was the seventh pick in last June's draft.
Kobe Bryant, G10/28/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes Tuesday night, according to coach Byron Scott.
Insight: That's all fantasy owners need to hear to know Kobe will be an elite fantasy option after missing 76 games last season.
Ronnie Price, G10/28/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Jeremy Lin should see the vast majority of point guard minutes, but Price will get the backup work.
Xavier Henry, G/F10/28/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (right knee surgery/strained back) didn't play at all this preseason, but could play opening night.
Insight: He certainly wouldn't see big minutes or post significant fantasy statistics, but as thin as the Lakers are he can help.
Julius Randle, F10/25/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle should not be considered anymore than a late-round pick.
Insight: He is starting the season as the backup power forward, and owners should expect inconsistent play early on. Leaving Randle undrafted is probably a smart move.
Nick Young, G/F10/25/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young will still be a valuable fantasy player once he returns from his thumb injury.
Insight: He is probably still out the next 5-to-7 weeks, but will see time at small forward and shooting guard upon his return. Owners should target him towards the end of drafts, only if the leagues' rosters are updated weekly. Otherwise, leave Young undrafted, and look to acquire him via waivers, as the season moves on.
Kobe Bryant, G10/25/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have a great opportunity to bounce back this season.
Insight: After playing in only six games last season, Bryant looks to be as healthy as he has been in a long time. Look for him to get back to close to his career-averages, and owners should not be afraid to select him in the second round.
Wesley Johnson, G/F10/25/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson is coming off a career-season.
Insight: He averaged 9.1 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game, 1.0 blocks per game, along with shooting .425 from the field and 79 percent from the line. These numbers show that Johnson can fill a stat sheet, and as a result be picked towards the end of drafts.
Jordan Hill, PF10/25/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill will have a chance for a career-season in 2014-15.
Insight: With the lack of depth behind him, Hill will be the starting center for Los Angeles. He should be able average close to a double-double with points and rebounds, and combined with around a block per game plus a field goal percentage of over 50 percent, Hill should be targeted around the 11th round.
Carlos Boozer, F10/25/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer should have some nice value heading into the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.
Insight: With the Lakers' roster nothing to cry home about, Boozer's current ADP in the 12th round is very nice value. He should be able to average around 15.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Owners should be afraid to draft this guy, as he could be a potential steal.
Jeremy Lin, G10/25/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is one of the biggest sleepers in fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: If you are waiting for the last minute and still haven't drafted, keep an eye on Jeremy Lin. He scored 19 points and had one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers off the bench in a preseason game against the Kings. Although Sacramento is not exactly the cream of the Western Conference, Lin figures to be a huge factor in the Lakers offense this season. He would be a great No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Steve Nash, G10/24/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve damage) will miss the 2014-15 regular season.
Insight: That's likely it for the two-time MVP who hasn't been fantasy worthy for a couple of seasons.
Nick Young, G/F10/3/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young has a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Insight: He is expected to miss eight weeks with the injury, making him on pace to return a month into the season. Young will be the Lakers' sixth man, and will hold some late-round value in fantasy leagues.
Kobe Bryant, G9/29/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant expects to play in the team's preseason opener on Oct. 6 after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Los Angeles still expects Bryant to average 23 points per game. Head coach Bryon Scott said he expects Bryant to be healthy all 82 games, and if that happens, Bryant could be a fantasy steal based on where he will be picked this year.
Julius Randle, F8/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Byron Scott said forward Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes" according to NBA.com
Insight: Los Angeles added Carlos Boozer in free agency, so there is some doubt of whether Scott's statement will be true right away, but Randle looked great in Las Vegas. He could be a solid pick up late in the draft or in free agency as long as you're patient.
Carlos Boozer, F7/18/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Carlos Boozer will play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
Insight: Boozer was cut from the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision earlier this week and Los Angeles won a blind auction to claim him. Boozer started 76 games last season and played 28.2 minutes per game, but he'll have to battle Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis for playing time in 2014-15.
Jordan Hill, PF 7/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill.
Insight: Hill will make $9 million in the first year of the contract and the Lakers have a $9 million team option for the second season. Hill averaged 20.8 minutes, 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, all career highs, last season.
Nick Young, G/F7/11/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers for four years and $21.5 million, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Young averaged 17.9 ppg last season, but he's not going to average 13.9 field-goal attempts, 5.5 3-point attempts and 4.5 free-throw attempts per game again. Because he doesn't offer anything besides scoring, he's not going to be a good fantasy option next season.
Jeremy Lin, G 7/11/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: The Rockets will trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The Rockets also sent future first- and second-round picks to Los Angeles and will get back cash and the rights to an overseas player. Houston made the deal in an effort to clear cap space to sign Chris Bosh, but Bosh spurned them to return to Miami. Lin averaged 28.9 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 threes last season and could start for Los Angeles, but he probably won't experience a big change in fantasy value.
Chris Kaman, C7/4/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Center Chris Kaman has reached a deal with Portland, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Insight: Kaman is just a backup these days and has little to no fantasy value except as a handcuff.
Nick Young, G/F6/24/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Nick Young is opting out of his contract. He'll become a free agent on July 1st. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: It's a no-brainer for Swaggy P, who will earn much more on the open market. The 29-year-old averaged a career-high 17.9 ppg in 64 appearances for the Lakers last season.
Julius Randle, F6/12/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: We've heard conflicting reports regarding the health of Kentucky forward and projected lottery pick Julius Randle.
Insight: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski says teams are worried Randle's broken foot is healing slower than expected and could require surgery. Randle took to Twitter to refute that report. Either way, we'd be surprised if Randle fell out of the top-ten.
Kobe Bryant, G4/21/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) has been cleared to run and shoot.
Insight: Bryant will begin a six-month program and should be ready for 2014-15. Whether we will ever see the "old" Bryant again is a question for later in his recovery. He averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg for the six games he played this season.
Jordan Hill, PFHot4/16/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill finished the season in style, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting Wednesday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: He also contributed 14 rebounds in his 28 minutes of action. It's Hill's 15th double-double of the season and his third in the last four games.
Steve Nash, G4/16/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has appeared in just 15 games this season due to a nerve irritation. He moved into third place on the all-time NBA assists list in his last game on April 8 and is under contract for one more season.
Chris Kaman, C4/16/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) will not play Wednesday in the regular season finale, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: This is his eighth straight absence. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) also out, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre will continue to handle the frontcourt minutes for Los Angeles.
Steve Nash, G4/14/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will not play Monday and is doubtful for the final game of the season Wednesday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has continually aggravated his nerve issue when he has attempted to play. He has appeared in just 15 games this season.
Chris Kaman, C4/14/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) is out Monday and doubtful for the final game of the season, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: This is his seventh straight absence. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) out for the season, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre will continue to handle the frontcourt minutes for Los Angeles.
Chris Kaman, C4/14/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) participated in a light practice on Saturday and could possibly make an appearance in the final two games.
Insight: He didn't play Sunday, his sixth consecutive missed game. His absence has allowed Jordan Hill (two straight double-doubles) and Ryan Kelly to start in the frontcourt with Pau Gasol (vertigo) also still sidelined.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/13/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) will miss the rest of the regular season, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: The Lakers have no reason to push Gasol to play, especially because he already had one recurrence of his condition following a return. He'll be a free agent after the season and should attract plenty of attention after putting up 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game this season.
Steve Nash, G4/11/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) is out Friday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash continues to attempt to come back but he seems to aggravate his nerve issue every time he steps on the court. He has played just 15 games this season.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/11/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) has been ruled out for Friday's game, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: He's still battling vertigo and could miss the rest of the season. Jordan Hill has been filling in and averaged 15.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over his last 10 games.
Chris Kaman, C4/10/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) doesn't know if he'll be back this season, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com. He's been ruled out for Friday.
Insight: He's out with a calf strain. His absence has allowed Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly to start in the frontcourt with Pau Gasol (vertigo) still sidelined.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/10/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) is doubtful for Friday's game, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: He's still battling vertigo and could miss the rest of the season. Jordan Hill has been filling in and averaged 15.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over his last 10 games.
Steve Nash, G4/9/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash said he suffered a setback to his injured hamstring during Tuesday's 15-point loss to Houston. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: He's been battling nerve issues all season and the problem resurfaced on Tuesday night. Nash says he's unlikely to play again in 2014, though he's said that before and come back numerous times.
Steve Nash, G4/9/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash, once thought to be out for the season, dished out five assists Tuesday in a loss to Houston.
Insight: By doing that, Nash (6.8 ppg, 5.7 apg) moved into third on the all-time assists list ahead of former Pacers point guard Mark Jackson. Ironically, Nash's next chance to play will be Friday against the Warriors, who are coached by Jackson.
Nick Young, G/FHot4/9/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles swingman Nick Young was a scoring machine Tuesday against the Rockets.
Insight: Swaggy P netted 32 points in only 23 minutes of court time. He's averaged 24.2 ppg on 49.4 percent shooting during the Lakers' five-game losing streak.
Steve Nash, G4/8/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is probable for Tuesday's game against Houston.
Insight: Nerve issues in the 40-year-old's back have limited him to 14 games this season and he's a part-time player at best.
Chris Kaman, C4/7/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman will miss his fourth consecutive game Tuesday against the Rockets.
Insight: He's out with a calf strain. Jordan Hill (9.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg) filled in at center Sunday versus the Clippers and should get the start there again on Tuesday.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/7/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center Pau Gasol won't be available Tuesday against Houston. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He's still battling vertigo and could miss the rest of the season. Bob Sacre (5.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) is the only healthy center on L.A.'s roster at the moment.
Kent Bazemore, G4/7/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kent Bazemore has a torn tendon in his right foot. He's done for the season. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners wanted to hear. Prior to getting hurt on Sunday, Bazemore had scored at least a dozen points in each of his last five games. Wesley Johnson (8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is likely to start in Bazemore's place Tuesday against the Rockets.
Nick Young, G/F4/6/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Nick Young left Sunday's game with a knee injury but expects to play Tuesday night against Houston. SOURCE: Lakers.com
Insight: He said he's "going down with the ship." Young is second on the team in scoring (17.2 ppg) despite only starting nine games this season.
Jordan Farmar, G4/6/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar plans to return Tuesday versus Houston. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He's sat out the last 11 games with a groin injury. The injury-plagued Lakers should have plenty of minutes for him upon his return.
Kent Bazemore, G4/6/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore sprained his right foot during Sunday's game and will not return, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Bazemore's X-rays were negative and he'll have an MRI Monday. The Lakers began the game with just nine available players and are down to eight with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Xavier Henry, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Bazemore all out.
Kent Bazemore, G4/6/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore was helped off the court and to the locker room Sunday due to a right ankle injury, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Bazemore appeared to be in a lot of pain and probably won't return. The Lakers began the game with just nine available players.
Jordan Farmar, G4/6/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar (groin) will miss Sunday's game, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: It will be his 11th straight absence due to a groin injury. He's hoping to return this week but may just sit out the rest of the season.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/5/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) will not play Sunday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: It will be his seventh absence in the last eight games due to vertigo. The Lakers may shut him down for the rest of the season, and with Chris Kaman (calf) also hurting Jordan Hill has been playing a big role.
Steve Nash, G4/5/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) will not play Sunday. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Friday's game was probably Nash's last of the season. Nerve issues in the 40-year-old's back have limited him to 14 games this season.
Chris Kaman, C4/5/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers center Chris Kaman will sit out again Sunday due to a calf strain.
Insight: Pau Gasol (vertigo) is out as well, so look for Jordan Hill (16 ppg, 12.5 rpg last two games) to play a big role again.
Steve Nash, G4/4/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Friday's game against Dallas will probably be Steve Nash's final game of the season. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: If that's true, it could also be the final game of Nash's career. There's still a year left on his contract but health issues may force Nash to walk away a year early.
Steve Nash, G4/4/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash (back) is expected to play Friday against Dallas.
Insight: Given his limited playing time and his inability to play in consecutive games, it's hard to keep him on an active roster.
Jordan Hill, PFHot4/4/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill could be a viable option with Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman expected to miss Friday's game.
Insight: Hill had 18 points and 15 boards on Wednesday and could be worth another play.
Chris Kaman, C4/4/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers center Chris Kaman will miss Friday's game due to a calf strain.
Insight: Kaman is missing another prime chance to start with Pau Gasol (vertigo) out. Jordan Hill had 18 points and 15 boards on Wednesday and could be worth another play.
Xavier Henry, G/F4/4/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (knee) is not expected to return to the court this season, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Insight: Henry has dealt with knee soreness lately and missed two of the previous three games. He can be dropped in all leagues. Henry's injury has led to more minutes for Kent Bazemore.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/4/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) will not play Friday and the team will soon make a decision whether or not to shut him down for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: It sounds like the team is leaning toward shutting him down. Gasol will be a free agent after the season and may have played his last game as a Laker.
Xavier Henry, G/F4/2/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (knee) will not play Wednesday, according to Sean Cunningham of News10 Sacramento.
Insight: Henry has dealt with knee soreness lately and missed two of the previous three games. He can be dropped in all leagues. Henry's injury has led to more minutes for Kent Bazemore.
Jordan Hill, PF4/2/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill has an upset stomach and might miss Wednesday's game, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: The Lakers are already without Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf strain), so Hill is needed to start Wednesday, but that's been the Lakers' luck this season. If he can't play, they'll have to start Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly and also use Wesley Johnson at power forward.
Chris Kaman, C4/2/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers center Chris Kaman will miss Wednesday's game due to a calf strain.
Insight: Kaman is missing a prime chance to start with Pau Gasol (vertigo) out. Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly will start.
Chris Kaman, C4/2/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Trudell of lakers.com, Los Angeles center Chris Kaman has a right calf strain and will be a game-time decision Wednesday.
Insight: Pau Gasol played Tuesday but has been ruled out due to a recurrence of vertigo. If Kaman cannot play, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would get the frontcourt minutes.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/2/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol has a "severe recurrence of vertigo" and will miss Wednesday's game, the team announced.
Insight: Gasol returned from a four-game absence Tuesday and played 28 minutes, but he may be shut down for the season after experiencing symptoms of vertigo again.
Pau Gasol, PF/C4/2/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol played Tuesday, but is still listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Gasol admitted he felt sluggish and suggested he may have returned too soon, according to a Mark Medina report. Gasol (17.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg) didn't replace Chris Kaman, they played alongside one another and combined for only 21 points and 10 rebounds so neither was worth much to fantasy owners.
Steve Nash, G4/2/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash (back) is not expected to play Wednesday against Sacramento.
Insight: It's the second game of a back-to-back and Nash played 22 minutes Tuesday. Given his limited playing time and his inability to play in consecutive games, his fantasy value is minimal.
Jordan Farmar, G4/1/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar (groin) has been cleared to practice, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: The plan is for Farmar (10.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.5 rpg) to return next week. He averaged 23.4 minutes, 15 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 threes and 1.2 steals in his last nine games before the injury.
Chris Kaman, C4/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll give the Pau Gasol-Chris Kaman combination a try in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Gasol will return from vertigo on Tuesday and will take minutes away from Kaman, Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly. Kaman had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes Sunday, but he has averaged just 18.6 minutes per game this season.
Xavier Henry, G/F4/1/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game against Portland, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Henry missed the last two games due to knee soreness, allowing Kent Bazemore to see an increase in minutes to 34.5 per game.
Steve Nash, G4/1/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash (back) is probable for Tuesday's game, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: It seems like the first time all season that Nash wasn't listed as out, doubtful or a game-time decision. He averaged 17 minutes, 4.5 points, 8.5 assists and 2.0 steals the last two games he played.
Pau Gasol, PF/C3/31/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol was back at practice on Monday. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Vertigo has caused him to miss the last four games. Gasol (17.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg) is expected to return Tuesday against Portland, which would push Chris Kaman (10.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg) back to the bench.
Chris Kaman, C3/31/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center Chris Kaman was unstoppable Sunday in a win over Phoenix.
Insight: Kaman got loose for 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of court time. He should continue to be a solid fantasy option until Pau Gasol (vertigo) returns from illness.
Steve Nash, G3/30/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash (back) will miss Sunday's game, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Nash logged 15 minutes and produced four points Friday in a loss to Minnesota. Nerve issues have prevented Nash from being a factor this season.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/30/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (knee) will miss a second straight game Sunday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Henry is out with knee soreness. Kent Bazemore saw more minutes Friday with Henry on the sidelines.
Steve Nash, G3/30/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash doesn't expect to play Sunday versus Phoenix. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Nash logged 15 minutes and produced four points Friday in a loss to Minnesota. Nerve issues have prevented Nash from being a factor this season.
Pau Gasol, PF/C3/30/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center Pau Gasol won't be available Sunday versus Phoenix. SOURCE: Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's still battling vertigo and at this point, there's no indication when or if Gasol will be back this season. Chris Kaman (9.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is going to start in his place.
Steve Nash, G3/28/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) will give it a go Friday against the Timberwolves, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has been battling the nerve issues all season and played just 11 games. He wasn't expected to play but warmed up and apparently feels good enough to take the court.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/28/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry will miss Friday's game due to a sore knee, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Henry also played the last two games with a torn ligament in his left wrist, but the knee is keeping him out Friday. Kent Bazemore will replace Wesley Johnson in the starting lineup Friday and also will get some of Henry's minutes.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/28/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry is questionable for Friday's game due to a sore knee, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Henry also played the last two games with a torn ligament in his left wrist, but coach Mike D'Antoni didn't mention that as a reason why he is iffy for Friday. If Henry can't play, his minutes will go to Kent Bazemore and Ryan Kelly.
Steve Nash, G3/28/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is not expected to play Friday, but he'll warm up to see how he feels, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Nash has been battling the nerve issues all season and played just 11 games.
Jordan Hill, PFHot3/27/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill had 28 points for the second time in his last three games Thursday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Hill added 16 rebounds. He has started the last three games and averaged 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over his last four.
Chris Kaman, C3/27/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup center Chris Kaman arrived to the arena shortly before game time and will start Thursday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Kaman missed the team's flight to Milwaukee for personal reasons and had to fly commercial. The Lakers need him with Pau Gasol (vertigo) out. Jordan Hill will start at power forward and Ryan Kelly will come off the bench.
Nick Young, G3/27/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) will play Thursday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Young was hit in his left knee during Tuesday's game. A non-displaced fracture of Young's left patella kept him out 17 of 18 games from Feb. 7 to March 19 before he returned three games ago and scored at least 20 points in all three.
Chris Kaman, C3/27/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup center Chris Kaman will be a game-time decision Thursday, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kaman missed the team's flight to Milwaukee for personal reasons and hasn't arrived yet. The game tips off at 8 p.m. ET. If Kaman doesn't make it, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly will handle the frontcourt minutes with Pau Gasol (vertigo) out.
Steve Nash, G3/27/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is out for Thursday's game against Milwaukee due to nerve irritation in lower back/right hamstring, according to beat writer Mark Medina.
Insight: Nash has been battling the nerve issues all season. He "hopes" to return next week. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect or depend on that statement.
Steve Nash, G3/27/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is questionable for Thursday's game against Milwaukee due to nerve irritation in lower back/right hamstring.
Insight: Nash has been battling the nerve issues all season. He made a surprise return Friday against Washington and had five points and 11 assists in 19 minutes, but is obviously not ready for the day to day grind of an NBA season.
Pau Gasol, F3/26/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) will miss at least two more games, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Gasol (17.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg) was diagnosed with vertigo and missed Tuesday's game after being forced from Sunday's contest with dizziness and nausea. He was unable to travel on the Lakers' two-game road trip.
Nick Young, G3/26/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young said he was hit in the left knee and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: A non-displaced fracture of Young's left patella kept him out 17 of 18 games from Feb. 7 to March 19 before he returned three games ago. He scored at least 20 points in all three games and said he thinks he is OK.
Nick Young, G3/26/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Despite playing just 19 minutes Tuesday against the Knicks, Lakers swingman Nick Young had 20 points, four rebounds and five treys.
Insight: Young has scored at least 20 points in all three games since he returned from the knee injury that caused him to miss 17 of 18 games from Feb. 7 to March 19.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/26/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry wasn't bothered much by the torn ligament in his left (shooting) wrist Tuesday against the Knicks.
Insight: Henry made 8-of-11 from the field (3-4 3PT) for 22 points in 23 minutes. He has averaged 21.7 mpg, 12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.2 spg in his last nine games.
Steve Nash, G3/25/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Knicks, according to the Lakers on Twitter.
Insight: Nash has been battling nerve issues all season. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but made a surprise return Friday against Washington and had five points and 11 assists in 19 minutes. Kendall Marshall has been getting most of the PG minutes for L.A., but he has averaged just 4.1 ppg on .278 shooting and 7.8 apg his last 15 games.
Pau Gasol, F3/25/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (vertigo) is out Tuesday against the Knicks, according to the Lakers on Twitter. Chris Kaman will get the start.
Insight: Gasol (17.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg) was diagnosed with vertigo after being forced from Sunday's game with dizziness and nausea.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/24/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his wrist. He'll need offseason surgery to repair the damage. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Despite the diagnosis, Henry is hoping to play Tuesday against the Knicks. In nine games this month, he's averaged 10.0 ppg on dismal 39 percent shooting.
Steve Nash, G3/24/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash is not expected to play Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Nash has been battling nerve issues all season. Even if Nash (7.4 ppg, 5.3 apg) returns before the end of the season, we wouldn't expect him to have any fantasy relevance.
Pau Gasol, F3/24/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol went to the hospital Sunday night for observation after complaining of dizziness and nausea. He's since been diagnosed with vertigo and is doubtful to play Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Lakers on Twitter
Insight: Gasol (17.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg) didn't figure to play Tuesday just because the Lakers have nothing to play for. Chris Kaman (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) could get the start in Gasol's place.
Chris Kaman, C3/24/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Lakers backup center Chris Kaman (foot) could be fantasy worthy if Pau Gasol isn't ready to play on Tuesday night.
Insight: Kaman hasn't played since Feb. 28 and hasn't been relevant to fantasy owners since Pau Gasol returned from injury in mid-February. That could change Tuesday. As a starter, Kaman has averaged 14.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.0 apg.
Pau Gasol, F3/24/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol went to the hospital Sunday night for observation after complaining of dizziness and nausea.
Insight: Gasol (17.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg) doesn't figure to play Tuesday, though the illness isn't considered serious. With nothing to play for the Lakers figure to be conservative for scheduling his return to the court.
Steve Nash, G3/23/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash was a late scratch Sunday against the Magic. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: It only took one game for Nash's nerve irritation to return. Despite the absence, the Lakers are cautiously optimistic he'll be able to return Tuesday against the Knicks. At age 40, Nash is far too injury-prone to warrant fantasy consideration.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/22/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Lakers G/F Xavier Henry (wrist) will miss Sunday's game, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Henry's MRI revealed a torn ligament in his left wrist and he will be reevaluated Monday. With Henry out, there will be extra minutes for Kent Bazemore and Ryan Kelly off the Lakers bench.
Steve Nash, G3/22/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles point guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will be a game-time decision Sunday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
Insight: Nash returned to action from a nerve irritation in his back for the first time since Feb. 11 on Friday and had five points, 11 assists and three steals in 18.5 minutes, but he said he tweaked something and had to undergo treatment on his back Sunday. He was expected to be done for the season but worked hard to make it back to the court.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/22/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Lakers G/F Xavier Henry (wrist) will be a game-time decision Sunday against Orlando, according to Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Henry missed practice Saturday to have an MRI on his left wrist. He has averaged 21.5 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in his last eight games, but now that Nick Young is back minutes minutes could become sparse.
Wesley Johnson, G/F3/22/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson (illness) is expected to start Sunday, according to the Lakers on Twitter.
Insight: He missed Friday's game due to an upper respiratory infection, but practiced Saturday. Johnson has received plenty of court time this season, averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.1 bpg across 66 appearances.
Steve Nash, G3/21/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles point guard Steve Nash will come off the bench Friday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: He's back after missing 15 games with nerve issues. Nash hasn't come off the bench in a game since 2000. The 40-year-old said recently he plans to finish out the rest of his contract which expires after the 2014-15 season.
Wesley Johnson, G/F3/21/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson will miss Friday's game against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: He's battling an upper respiratory infection. Johnson has received plenty of court time this season, averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.1 bpg across 66 appearances. Xavier Henry (10.0 ppg) will see more minutes in his absence.
Nick Young, G3/21/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) is hoping to return Friday, according to beat writer Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed 15 of the last 16 games. his return will take some minutes from starter Wesley Johnson.
Steve Nash, G3/21/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is expected to play Friday night versus Washington.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall would lose time if Nash returns, but don't expect Nash to play big minutes.
Chris Kaman, C3/20/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup center Chris Kaman (foot) is out for Friday's game.
Insight: Kaman hasn't played since Feb. 28 and hasn't been relevant to fantasy owners since Pau Gasol returned from injury in mid-February.
Jordan Farmar, G3/18/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar (groin) will miss at least two weeks with a strained groin, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Farmar (10.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.5 rpg) has played just 36 games this season due to injuries. Fantasy owners in need of assists should race to the free agent wire to pick up Kendall Marshall.
Jordan Farmar, G3/17/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar injured his groin in practice on Monday and is scheduled to see a specialist on Tuesday, according to beat reporter Mike Trudell.
Insight: The Lakers can't catch a break. Farmar had been averaging 14 ppg over his last four contests. Kendall Marshall gets another shot at fantasy relevance.
Nick Young, G3/14/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) is hoping to return Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed 15 of the last 16 games. Los Angeles plays Friday but then has off until Wednesday against the Spurs. Young will take minutes away from Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jodie Meeks.
Steve Nash, G3/13/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said 10 days ago that he "doubted" Steve Nash (back) would play again this season and it's now official.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall will continue to share point-guard duties, with Farmar serving as a better fantasy option.
Jordan Hill, PF3/12/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill (knee) missed Wednesday's practice and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Hill is dealing with knee soreness and missed the last five games. Ryan Kelly has averaged 34.9 minutes, 18 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 threes, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals the last two.
Nick Young, G3/12/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The Lakers will continue to go with Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore and Xavier Henry on the wings.
Pau Gasol, FHot3/12/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday but is probable for Thursday's game, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Gasol (17.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 bpg) hurt his ankle last Friday but X-rays were negative. He has scored 20+ points in six straight games with an average of 23.5 ppg in that span.
Kobe Bryant, G3/12/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Arash Marzaki reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee fracture) is officially out for the season.
Insight: So is Steve Nash (nerve/back issues). Bryant only played in six games this season, generating 13.8 ppg over that span. Bryant, who is expected to be back for the start of next season, turns 36 in August.
Kobe Bryant, G3/11/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Lakers are close to ruling Kobe Bryant out for the season. SOURCE: Scooby Axson, Sports Illustrated
Insight: Bryant hasn't played since injuring his knee in mid-December. Jodie Meeks (15.3 ppg) has actually done a nice job filling in for Bryant at shooting guard. He's coming off a career-best outing Sunday against the Thunder (42 points on 11-for-18 shooting).
Jodie Meeks, G3/9/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jodie Meeks came out of nowhere to score 42 points Sunday in an upset win over OKC.
Insight: Meeks shot the lights out, connecting on 11 of his 18 field goal attempts including 6-of-11 from long range. He also helped defensively by providing four steals. The 42 points represents a new career-high for the five-year veteran.
Jordan Hill, PF3/9/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill (knee) will not play Sunday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Hill is dealing with knee soreness and will miss his fifth straight game. Ryan Kelly will start at power forward after delivering 24 points and 11 rebounds Friday night, while Wesley Johnson will move to small forward and Kent Bazemore to the bench.
Nick Young, G3/9/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) will sit out for the eighth straight game Sunday against the Thunder, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The swingman will try to practice this week to test his knee. His return will complicate Los Angeles' wing rotation, as Mike D'Antoni will have to find minutes for Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry and Young.
Pau Gasol, FHot3/8/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (ankle) participated in practice Saturday and will play Sunday against the Thunder, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Gasol hurt his ankle Friday but X-rays were negative. Gasol had 27 points Friday, has scored at least 21 points in five straight games and averaged 21 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 bpg over his last 25.
Kobe Bryant, G3/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant hasn't been cleared and the next evaluation isn't for another two weeks.
Insight: Bryant still has swelling and pain in his knee. There is no guarantee that he'll return this season.
Nick Young, G3/6/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) has missed the last five games after trying to return from a non-displaced knee fracture on Feb. 23.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) obviously came back too soon and is paying the price. In this lost season for the Lakers, there is no reason to rush him back again.
Xavier Henry, G/F3/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Lakers G/F Xavier Henry returned from a two-month absence due to a knee injury Monday and had 12 points in 14 minutes Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Henry was out much longer than expected. His role is unclear, so fantasy owners shouldn't bother adding him.
Jordan Farmar, GHot3/5/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar has generated 18.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.8 threes and 1.5 steals in just 25.2 minutes per game over his last four games.
Insight: Farmar hasn't entered the starting lineup yet but he's getting more minutes than starter Kendall Marshall, who has averaged 2.0 ppg on .176 shooting and 8.3 apg in his last seven games. Steve Nash is doubtful to return from his nerve issue this season, so Farmar should be owned in all leagues.
Kent Bazemore, GHot3/5/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore had 23 points, four rebounds, four threes and three assists in 35 minutes Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Bazemore has averaged 32.8 minutes, 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals in seven games since the Warriors traded him to Los Angeles. He should be added in all leagues.
Pau Gasol, FHot3/5/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol had 29 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a block in 32 minutes Tuesday.
Insight: Lost in the shuffle of the Lakers' terrible season is Gasol's return to his star form. He has produced 20.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 bpg over his last 23 games.
Steve Nash, G3/3/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni says he "doubts" Steve Nash (back) will play again this season, according to DAve McMenamin of espn.com.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall will share point-guard duties, with Farmar serving as a better fantasy option.
Steve Nash, G3/3/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash is questionable for Monday's game against Portland.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling back and nerve issues all season. Don't look for Kendall Marshall anymore, now that Jordan Farmar is back, if Nash doesn't play Farmar is the best Lakers' fantasy option at PG.
Nick Young, G3/2/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) will not play Monday against the Trail Blazers, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) will miss his 10th game in the last 11 Monday. He suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and obviously returned too soon on Feb. 23.
Nick Young, G2/28/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: A Lakers spokesperson said Friday that he doesn't think Nick Young (knee) is "real close" to returning, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) missed two weeks with a knee fracture before returning for a game, then missed the last two games. His scoring average is nice but because he contributes almost nothing else, Young isn't a must-own. His absence will be good for Kent Bazemore (17.3 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 spg last four games), Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar.
Chris Kaman, C2/28/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (sore back) is probable for Friday's game, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
Insight: Kaman had a nice seven-game run with fantasy relevance this month but has minimal fantasy value with Pau Gasol back.
Chris Kaman, C2/28/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman missed Wednesday's game due to a bad back and is questionable for Friday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Kaman had a nice seven-game run with fantasy relevance this month but has minimal fantasy value now that Pau Gasol is back.
Steve Nash, G2/28/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash is doubtful for Friday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling back and nerve issues all season. With Nash likely out and Steve Blake gone, Kendall Marshall should be a viable option for fantasy owners, but has gone scoreless in his last two games. Avoid the point guards.
Jordan Farmar, G2/26/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar had 16 points, four threes, three assists, two steals and one block in just 24 minutes Wednesday at Memphis.
Insight: The Lakers are still taking it easy with Farmar after he missed a good portion of December, January and February with hamstring injuries. However, he may be in line for more minutes after Kendall Marshall went 3-of-19 from the field combined the last four games (0-9 the last two).
Wesley Johnson, G/FHot2/26/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, four blocks and four threes in 38 minutes Wednesday at Memphis.
Insight: There aren't many players in the NBA averaging 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes per game, and Johnson is one of them. He has played 34.4 minutes per game in February and averaged 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals during the month.
Chris Kaman, C2/26/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman missed Wednesday's game due to a bad back, according to Ramona Shelburne of espn.com.
Insight: Shelburne says his absence has nothing to do with a buyout. Kaman had a nice seven-game run with fantasy relevance this month but has minimal fantasy value now that Pau Gasol is back.
Kent Bazemore, GHot2/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore has averaged 18.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.3 rpg and 2.3 spg in three games since joining Los Angeles from Golden State.
Insight: Bazemore has played 101 minutes in his three games with the Lakers after seeing just 269 minutes in 44 games with the Warriors. He has set a new career high in points in each of his first three games with the team and had 23 Tuesday against the Pacers. He'll get at least one more game with Nick Young out of the lineup, and when Young returns he'll split the swingman minutes four ways with Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Young.
Nick Young, G2/25/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: As expected, Los Angeles swingman Nick Young (knee) will miss the next two games, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) played 20 minutes and had 10 points in his return from a knee fracture Sunday against the Nets. His scoring average is nice but because he contributes almost nothing else, Young isn't a must-own.
Nick Young, G2/23/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: As expected, Los Angeles swingman Nick Young is back in the lineup for Sunday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: Young (16.9 ppg) missed a little over two weeks with a knee fracture. Aside from Pau Gasol, he might be the best scorer the Lakers have right now. Get him back in your lineup ASAP.
Kent Bazemore, G2/23/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore will make his first start Sunday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: That was fast. Bazemore joined the Lakers on Friday and only needed one game to impress head coach Mike D'Antoni. For fantasy owners, it's way too early to consider Bazemore an option. Though he did score 15 points against Boston, Bazemore has only averaged 2.3 ppg in 45 career games. We'll see what he can accomplish Sunday versus the Nets.
Ryan Kelly, F2/23/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly will move to the bench Sunday in favor of Kent Bazemore after playing just 12 minutes Friday.
Insight: Kelly averaged 30 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 threes from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7 but has seen just 18.3 minutes per game and put up 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds on average his last five contests. He can be dropped in all leagues.
Steve Nash, G2/21/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash won't play Friday against Boston. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling back and nerve issues all season. With Nash out and Steve Blake gone, Kendall Marshall should be a viable option for fantasy owners.
Chris Kaman, C2/21/2014 2:17:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman will move back to the bench with the return of starter Pau Gasol.
Insight: Though there was some talk about starting both big men, its not going to happen. The Lakers Friday night starting lineup will be Gasol, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks. Looks like the end of Kaman's fantasy value.
Pau Gasol, F2/21/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol will start Friday against Boston. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Gasol has missed the last seven games with a groin injury. Prior to the injury, Gasol had averaged 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks over his last 16 games. Chris Kaman will move to a backup role.
Nick Young, G2/19/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Nick Young told ESPN's J.A. Adande that he hopes to be back in the lineup Sunday versus Brooklyn.
Insight: Swaggy P has sat out five straight games with a non-displaced knee fracture. The high-scoring swingman is a must-start when healthy.
Jordan Farmar, G2/19/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar is active for Wednesday's game against the Rockets. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: It's Farmar's first game in two weeks. Hamstring issues have bothered Farmar (9.3 ppg, 4.9 apg) all season. Kendall Marshall is expected to start with Farmar coming off the bench.
Steve Nash, G2/19/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash won't be available Wednesday against Houston. SOURCE: Bill Oram, Orange County Register
Insight: He's out with an upper respiratory illness. Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) just can't seem to catch a break. Wednesday will mark the veteran's 44th absence since the start of the season.
Jordan Farmar, G2/19/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Wednesday, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Farmar has played just five of Los Angeles' last 35 games due to multiple hamstring injuries. He practiced Tuesday but the team is being careful with him. Even if he plays Wednesday coach Mike D'Antoni said it won't be a lot.
Pau Gasol, F2/19/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (groin) will not play Wednesday against the Rockets. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Gasol practiced Tuesday so he should be getting close to a return. Prior to the injury Gasol had averaged 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in his last 16 games.
Steve Nash, G2/18/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Rockets. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Nash is still dealing with nerve irritation and at this point it's fair to wonder if he'll struggle with this issue all season. With Jordan Farmar (hamstring) also doubtful, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall will once again play big roles if Nash cannot go.
Kobe Bryant, G2/18/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant's knee hasn't healed enough to undergo an MRI, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Bryant still has swelling and pain in his knee. He'll need to undergo an MRI before resuming any other activity.
Jordan Farmar, G2/18/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Farmar has played just five of Los Angeles' last 35 games due to multiple hamstring injuries. He practiced Tuesday but the team is being careful with him and probably will sit him Wednesday.
Nick Young, G2/18/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young has been ruled out for Wednesday's game, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Young (16.9 ppg) will miss his fifth straight game Wednesday due to a non-displaced fracture of his left knee.
Pau Gasol, F2/18/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (groin) looked good in practice Tuesday and could be upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, lakers.com
Insight: Gasol has missed six straight games and was believed to be doubtful for Wednesday prior to Tuesday's practice. Prior to the injury Gasol had averaged 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in his last 16 games.
Jodie Meeks, G2/18/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks should be a go for Wednesday's game against Houston. SOURCE: Lakers on Twitter
Insight: A badly sprained ankle has kept Meeks out since February 4th. Steve Blake and Wesley Johnson will probably see a few less minutes in the likely event that Meeks plays on Wednesday.
Pau Gasol, F2/17/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: If Lakers center Pau Gasol (groin) returns Wednesday, Los Angeles' first game after the All-Star break, it may restart trade talks for the talented center.
Insight: Gasol has missed six straight games. Prior to the injury Gasol had averaged 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in his last 16 games. He's certainly a candidate to be traded as the Lakers should be in rebuilding mode. Chris Kaman's fantasy value is tied to Gasol's playing time in Los Angeles.
Kendall Marshall, PG2/13/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall will start Thursday against the Thunder.
Insight: Steve Nash will sit and Jordan Farmar is doubtful, leaving the point guard spot open for Marshall once again. The former North Carolina Tar Heel averaged 11.9 points, 11.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 threes in 15 starts this season but has been coming off the bench since Nash, Steve Blake and Farmar returned to the lineup simultaneously.
Pau Gasol, F2/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (groin) said he might be able to play as soon as Wednesday, Los Angeles' first game after the All-Star break, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Gasol missed five straight games and will sit out again Thursday. Prior to the injury Gasol had averaged 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in his last 16 games. He's a candidate to be traded before the deadline but his injury may prevent a deal. Chris Kaman's value is only when Gasol isn't in a Lakers uniform.
Steve Blake, PG2/12/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Blake expects to play against the Thunder on Thursday. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Blake has been plagued by a sore elbow recently. We wouldn't recommend Blake for fantasy purposes after watching him shoot just 2-for-11 Tuesday in a loss to Utah.
Steve Nash, G2/12/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: The Lakers have ruled Steve Nash out for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Nash is still dealing with nerve irritation and at this point it's fair to wonder if he'll struggle with this issue all season. Backup point guard Steve Blake (9.3 ppg, 7.8 apg) will get the nod Thursday in L.A.'s final game before the All-Star break.
Xavier Henry, G/F2/12/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Xavier Henry's recovery timetable has been pushed back another four weeks. Henry hasn't played since injuring his knee in late December. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's having his right knee drained on Wednesday. At this point, it might be better for the Lakers to go ahead and shut Henry down for the season. Even when healthy, Henry's fantasy impact is minimal (10.1 ppg).
Pau Gasol, F2/12/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: We should get an update on Pau Gasol's injured groin after he's re-evaluated on Thursday. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Gasol hopes to be back immediately following the All-Star break. That could be trouble for Chris Kaman, who has been on a roll lately (20.5 ppg in his last four games). The Lakers have gone 2-3 during Gasol's absence.
Steve Blake, PGCold2/12/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles point guard Steve Blake had a rough night Tuesday versus Utah. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: Bothered by a sore elbow, Blake just couldn't find his stroke on Tuesday. He finished with five points on just 2-of-11 shooting. It sounds like Blake should play Thursday against the Thunder, though it's getting kind of hard to trust him. Kendall Marshall might be the better option for the Lakers at this point.
Steve Nash, G2/12/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: For the second game in a row, Lakers point Steve Nash left early because of nerve irritation. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He sat out the entire second half. Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) could be a Hall of Famer someday but he's not helping anybody this season. Consider him questionable for Thursday's game against OKC.
Chris Kaman, CHot2/12/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman was dominant in Tuesday night's loss to Utah.
Insight: Kaman was L.A.'s best player on Tuesday, providing 25 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. With no timetable in place for Pau Gasol's groin injury, Kaman should be the Lakers' starting center for the forseeable future.
Chris Kaman, CHot2/11/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center Chris Kaman will start on Tuesday, replacing Robert Sacre in the lineup, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
Insight: The 28 minutes Kaman logged on Sunday were his most since December 27th against Utah and he posted 27 points and 10 rebounds. He has averaged 19 ppg over the last three games and should be a viable option for as long as Pau Gasol is sidelined.
Steve Nash, G2/11/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash will be ready for Tuesday's game against Utah. SOURCE: Lakers.com
Insight: He exited Sunday's game with a leg issue but it obviously wasn't serious. Nash (8.2 ppg, 5.0 apg) has averaged 24.7 mpg in three games since coming back from a nerve injury.
Steve Nash, G2/9/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash thinks he'll be ready for Tuesday's game against Utah. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He exited Sunday's game with a leg issue but it doesn't appear to be serious. We'll take Nash at his word for now but fantasy owners should definitely check up on his status ahead of game time. With only two games left until the All-Star break, the Lakers could opt to rest their aging point guard.
Chris Kaman, CHot2/9/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center Chris Kaman went viral this week after laying on the bench. Sunday, he made headlines with his play instead, going off for 27 points and ten rebounds in a loss to Chicago.
Insight: The 28 minutes Kaman logged on Sunday were his most since December 27th against Utah. Kaman (9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg) should continue to see a heavy workload as long as Pau Gasol is out with a groin injury.
Steve Nash, G2/9/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Steve Nash injured his leg Sunday against Chicago. ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters says he'll be out for the rest of the game.
Insight: Salters referred to Nash's injury as a "nerve irritation." It's possible Nash overextended himself by playing 21 minutes in the first two and a half quarters. Without him, the Lakers will look to Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall to run the point. With only eight available players, the Lakers better hope they don't get into foul trouble like they did Wednesday against Cleveland.
Xavier Henry, G/F2/9/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Lakers expect swingman Xavier Henry to be out until after the All-Star break. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: This isn't exactly breaking news. Henry has been sidelined by a knee injury since December 29th and remains without a timetable. Wes Johnson has been playing huge minutes in his absence and is probably worth an add after his 17-point, five-steal outing Friday against the Sixers (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.7 spg in his last three games).
Jodie Meeks, G2/8/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jodie Meeks (ankle) is not expected to play again until after the All-Star break.
Insight: Meeks suffered an ankle sprain after just one minute on Feb. 4. He came in averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 threes and 1.9 steals over his last 15 games. With Nick Young also out through the break, fantasy owners should grab Steve Blake and Wesley Johnson.
Jordan Farmar, G2/8/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni suggested Farmar could be out through the All-Star break due to a sore hamstring. Farmar played 33 minutes and had 21 points, eight assists, five threes and two steals on Feb. 5 after missing five weeks with a hamstring tear, but he may have returned too soon.
Steve Blake, PG2/7/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Blake is active for Friday's game in Philadelphia. SOURCE: Lakers.com
Insight: Since coming back from an elbow injury on Tuesday, Blake has already suffered a ruptured eardrum and a bruised thigh. The latter is what made him a game-time decision tonight against the Sixers. He'll start alongside Steve Nash (6.7 ppg, 5.4 apg) as the Lakers go for their second win in a row.
Jordan Farmar, G2/7/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (tired legs) is not expected to play Friday night, according to beat reporter Mike Bresnahan.
Insight: Farmar lit it up in his first game back with 21 points and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Steve nash is expected to return from a day off and Steve Blake is a game-time decision.
Nick Young, G2/6/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles swingman Nick Young suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left knee Wednesday against the Cavs. He's going to be out for at least two weeks. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The scene was laughable last night in Cleveland as the injury-depleted Lakers were down to four eligible players by the end of the game. Three-point specialist Wes Johnson (8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg) figures to see the biggest rise in fantasy value with Swaggy P out of commission.
Jordan Farmar, G2/6/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) had a big night in his return to action with 21 points, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Insight: The Lakers' Steve Blake also came up big his his return (11 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists) as Los Angeles won 119-108 in Cleveland. The Lakers' backcourt will be in a state of flux for a while as they learn how to divide up the playing time.
Steve Blake, PG2/5/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Blake recorded the second triple-double of his career Wednesday in a bizarre victory over Cleveland.
Insight: Blake, who was playing with a ruptured eardrum, finished with 11 points, ten rebounds and 15 assists. By the end of the night, Los Angeles was down to just four eligible players as Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up his sixth foul. Hopefully the Lakers will have enough healthy bodies to field a team Friday when they travel to Philadelphia.
Robert Sacre, C2/5/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: An absolutely preposterous series of events unfolded Wednesday in Cleveland as Lakers center Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up his sixth foul with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Because the Lakers only had four eligible players left (Nick Young and Jordan Farmar got hurt and Chris Kaman fouled out earlier in the game) and the league doesn't allow forfeits, Sacre played the final three and a half minutes with six fouls. If he had committed a seventh, he would have been just the second player in NBA history to accomplish that feat. If that had happened, the Lakers would have been whistled for a technical for each of Sacre's subsequent fouls. Amazingly, Los Angeles still won the game, 119-108. Sacre finished the night with ten points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Nick Young, G2/5/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Nick Young's night is over after twisting his knee Wednesday against the Cavaliers. SOURCE: Dave McMenamin, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He'll finish with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting. With Young out, Wes Johnson (8.4 ppg) should get as many minutes as he can handle at the three.
Jordan Hill, PF2/5/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill will miss Wednesday's game against Cleveland with a cervical strain. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He suffered the injury last night in a loss to Minnesota. With Pau Gasol also out, Robert Sacre (4.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg) and Chris Kaman (8.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg) will have to man the low post for the faltering Lakers.
Steve Blake, PG2/5/2014 3:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake suffered a ruptured eardrum Tuesday, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. He'll have his eardrum repaired Wednesday.
Insight: Blake is expected to play Wednesday and says his ear doesn't hurt but "everything sounds funny." The 33-year-old started at shooting guard Tuesday in his first game since Dec. 10 after sitting out with a torn UCL in his right elbow. Blake should continue to get 30-32 minutes per game as a combo guard.
Jordan Hill, PF2/5/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Lakers power forward Jordan Hill (cervical strain) is a game-time decision Wednesday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Hill doesn't have any fantasy value but the Lakers are thin up front with Pau Gasol (groin) out and need him to play.
Jordan Farmar, G2/5/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) didn't play Tuesday despite dressing for the game, but he may start Wednesday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: The Lakers had Steve Nash and Steve Blake return from lengthy absences Tuesday and it looks like Farmar will be back Wednesday from his own injury to replace Nash, who is out for rest purposes. Kendall Marshall's fantasy value is rapidly dropping.
Steve Nash, G2/5/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) will not play Wednesday.
Insight: He'll rest after returning from a back injury Tuesday against Minnesota. Nash had seven points and nine assists in that contest. Jordan Farmar will start at point guard in Nash's place Wednesday versus Cleveland.
Jodie Meeks, G2/5/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The X-rays on Lakers guard Jodie Meeks' right ankle came back negative, but he will miss at least the next two games, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Meeks left Tuesday's game with an ankle sprain after just one minute. He came in averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 threes and 1.9 steals over his last 15 games. Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Steve Blake will help fill the void.
Chris Kaman, C2/4/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman played just 17 minutes Tuesday. It was his first action since Jan. 17, but still not what fantasy owners were looking for with Pau Gasol out.
Insight: Robert Sacre started at center Tuesday, played 31 minutes and had 14 points, four rebounds, one block and one steal. Even with Jordan Hill going down with a cervical strain and Ryan Kelly shooting 2-of-11 and playing just 21 minutes, Kaman couldn't get 20+ minutes. That should tell fantasy owners all they need to know about Mike D'Antoni's plans for the veteran center.
Kendall Marshall, PG2/4/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall played 21 minutes and had five points and three assists Tuesday with Steve Nash and Steve Blake back in the lineup.
Insight: Marshall averaged close to 39 minutes per night in January and posted 11.9 ppg, 11.5 apg, 3.6 rpg and 2.0 3pg, but as we expected his fantasy value will take a big hit with the two veteran guards back in the lineup.
Nick Young, G2/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young had 24 points (4-12 FG, 13-14 FT) in 30 minutes off the bench Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Young has played 29 minutes per game and averaged 17.1 ppg despite starting just nine of his 47 games. Now that Steve Nash and Steve Blake are back, there may be fewer minutes at the two for Jodie Meeks, Young and Wesley Johnson to play if Mike D'Antoni insists on starting Blake at shooting guard like he did Tuesday. The ankle injury Meeks suffered Tuesday will alleviate the logjam for now.
Jordan Hill, PF2/4/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Lakers power forward Jordan Hill suffered a cervical strain during Tuesday's game and will not return, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Hill doesn't have any fantasy value but the Lakers are getting thin up front with Pau Gasol (groin) also out.
Jodie Meeks, G2/4/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jodie Meeks left Tuesday's game with a right ankle sprain and won't return, according to Dave McMenamin of espn.com.
Insight: Meeks only played one minute and had zero points on 0-2 shooting. He came in averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 threes and 1.9 steals over his last 15 games. Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Steve Blake will help fill the void.
Pau Gasol, F2/4/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Pau Gasol is expected to miss at least two weeks due to his groin injury.
Insight: Gasol received a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday to accelerate the healing process. He'll miss six more games and won't return until after the All-Star break. The Suns have been talking to the Lakers about trading for Gasol but won't go through with a deal until Gasol demonstrates good health.
Jordan Farmar, G2/4/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) will dress for Tuesday's game, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: The Lakers are getting Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar back from injuries on Tuesday. Kendall Marshall's fantasy value is about to take a huge hit.
Kendall Marshall, PG2/4/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni says he hopes to get point guard Kendall Marshall 20-25 minutes now that Steve Nash and Steve Blake are expected to return to the lineup.
Insight: Marshall averaged close to 39 minutes per night in January and posted 11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 11.5 apg. Those numbers are about to take a huge hit.
Steve Blake, PG2/4/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (elbow) is expected to start at shooting guard alongside Steve Nash.
Insight: Kendall Marshall has been very good since joining the Lakers but his fantasy value will be iffy with Nash and Blake back in the lineup.
Steve Nash, G2/4/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) is expected to start at point guard Tuesday night at Minnesota.
Insight: Nash and Steve Blake will make up a brand new Lakers backcourt. This won't be the MVP Nash, as this version will likely be limited to around 15 minutes of action. Kendall Marshall's fantasy value takes a big nosedive.
Pau Gasol, F2/4/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles Lakers PF/C Pau Gasol had a PRP injection Monday to help his groin heal.
Insight: He's expected to miss the next three games. His absence could pave the way for Chris Kaman to actually have some fantasy value. As a starter Kaman is averaging 11.8 ppg and 9.8 rpg this season.
Steve Nash, G2/3/2014 7:53:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) practiced again on Sunday and should play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, according to beat reporter Mark Trudell.
Insight: Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are all nearing a return, which will significantly lower the fantasy value of Kendall Marshall.
Pau Gasol, F2/2/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Phoenix Suns have emerged as potential trading partners for the Los Angeles Lakers if Los Angeles chooses to make PF/C Pau Gasol available. SOURCE: Marc Stein, espn.com.
Insight: The Suns would be able to swap Emeka Okafor's expiring $14.5 million contract for Gasol's $19.3 million expiring deal because they have $5.6 million in available salary-cap space. By making that move, the Lakers would be less than $3 million away from the league's luxury-tax threshold. Gasol is out for a week with a groin strain after averaging 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks his last 16 games. He would maintain his current fantasy value on Phoenix as the expense of Miles Plumlee (9.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg).
Pau Gasol, F2/1/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Pau Gasol has been diagnosed with a strained right groin. He's going to be out for at least a week. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: That's significant as the Lakers have four games on tap for next week. Chris Kaman (8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) will get first dibs at center with Jordan Hill (8.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) waiting in the on deck circle in case things go south.
Chris Kaman, C2/1/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Chris Kaman's MRI on his right knee came back clean. He'll be ready to play Tuesday versus the Timberwolves. SOURCE: Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: That might actually mean something now that Pau Gasol is out with a groin injury. With Los Angeles playing in four games next week, Kaman (8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) will definitely be worth a look.
Steve Blake, PG1/31/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (elbow) could be back Tuesday, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Injured point guards Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar all have similar timetables to return. Kendall Marshall has been very good since joining the Lakers but his fantasy value will be iffy if Nash, Blake and Farmar are all healthy.
Steve Nash, G1/31/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash (back) had no setbacks after Thursday's practice and could play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are all nearing a return, which will throw the fantasy value of Kendall Marshall (10.5 ppg, 9.5 apg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 3pg) into limbo.
Jodie Meeks, GHot1/31/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects guard Jodie Meeks (foot) to play Friday.
Insight: Meeks is dealing with a minor foot injury. He has been good for 18.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.6 threes and 1.9 steals in his last 14 games and should be owned in all leagues.
Pau Gasol, FHot1/31/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Pau Gasol (foot, groin) will play Friday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Gasol missed Thursday's practice. He has been playing through injuries all season but has returned to top form with averages of 20.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 blocks in his last 15 games. He has scored 20+ points in nine straight games and generated five straight double-doubles.
Pau Gasol, F1/30/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Lakers PF/C Pau Gasol is dealing with an injured groin and foot and missed Thursday's practice.
Insight: Gasol is still expected to play on Friday. Long-term, if it doesn't improve and the Lakers are out of playoff contention they could opt to sit him for a while until he is 100 percent.
Steve Nash, G1/30/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash practiced on Thursday, though he has already been ruled out for Friday night.
Insight: Kendall Marshall will continue to run the point until Nash returns and even after the aging point guard comes back, don't expect him to play a fukll complement of minutes.
Pau Gasol, F1/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Lakers PF/C Pau Gasol didn't look healthy in Tuesday night's loss to Indiana. SOURCE: Kevin Ding, Bleacher Report
Insight: This time it looks like Gasol is dealing with a groin injury. He's also been playing with a sprained toe so Gasol is extremely banged up right now. With almost no chance to make the playoffs and no return in sight for Steve Nash or Kobe Bryant, there might come a point when the Lakers decide to shut Gasol down and give him as much time as he needs to recover. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place.
Kobe Bryant, G1/29/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant won't be examined for at least another three weeks. He's missed 21 games with a fractured bone close to his left knee. SOURCE: Lakers on Twitter
Insight: Obviously, he's not anywhere close to returning. Bryant won't be available for the All-Star Game in two weeks, which leaves a vacant spot on the Western Conference roster.
Kobe Bryant, G1/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) is expected to miss at least two more weeks due to a fractured tibial plateau in his left knee. SOURCE: Kevin Ding, Bleacher Report
Insight: Bryant may even miss another month, as his knee hasn't healed yet. The Lakers had initially been pointing to a reevaluation Tuesday as a point in which Bryant might be cleared to play, but he's dealing with so much discomfort that he won't even have an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure when he meets with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo Tuesday night.
Steve Nash, G1/27/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers point guard Steve Nash was hoping to return Tuesday against the Pacers but he suffered a setback and wasn't able to practice on Monday. Back and nerve issues have limited Nash to just six games this season. SOURCE: Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: That puts his status for Tuesday's game in doubt. At this point, Kendall Marshall might give the Lakers a better chance to win than the aging Nash anyway. Don't expect the team to rush him back into action.
Jodie Meeks, G1/27/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: An MRI on Jodie Meeks' injured foot came back negative. He'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Lakers host Indiana. SOURCE: Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Meeks looked fine in Sunday's loss to the Knicks (24 points in 43 minutes) so we're guessing the MRI was merely a precaution. He'll grab another start at shooting guard Tuesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
Jodie Meeks, GHot1/26/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jodie Meeks' 24 points, six threes and two steals were not enough to end the Lakers' losing streak.
Insight: Meeks has had a fantastic month, averaging 18.8 points, 2.6 threes and 1.8 steals in 13 games.
Nick Young, G1/26/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young will get a rare start on Sunday against the Knicks.
Insight: Young starts in place of Wesley Johnson. It shouldn't change much. He's averaged almost 20 shots per game over the past three contests, playing 35 mpg, so how many more can he throw up at the rim?
Kendall Marshall, PGHot1/26/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall returned to being a fantasy worthy option Friday night and hopefully will continue being a double-double guy Sunday against the Knicks.
Insight: Marshall has six double-doubles in his last eight games making him a solid option until the Lakers get Kobe Bryant and the rest of the "MASH" unit back on the court.
Kobe Bryant, G1/26/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects shooting guard Kobe Bryant to return before the All-Star break.
Insight: Of course, D'Antoni also had mentioned Jan 28 as a return date a week ago so we can't go by his forecasting skills. Bryant will be evaluated this week and again next week and we should have a better idea for a realistic timetable.