Kendall Marshall - #12 - Point Guard - 6'4" - 195lbs
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Lakers plan to pick up Marshall's team option for next year, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
Impact: The move will cost the Lakers under one million dollars and the team needs to keep some players on the roster since they have so many upcoming free agents. In addition to making financial sense, the move will give the Lakers a decent bench point guard for the upcoming season. This past season, Marshall played in 54 games and started 45, where he averaged 8 points, and 8.8 assists in 29 minutes per game.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak indicated Friday that the team would like to bring Gasol back next season. "Absolutely he's a priority," Kupchak said. "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board."
Impact: Gasol's 2013-14 ended early, as a bout with vertigo kept him sidelined for the last few weeks of the season. When in the lineup, though, Gasol provided his typical production, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. While it's unclear at this point what direction the Lakers intend to go as a franchise, it appears as though bringing back the free agent center is a distinct possibility. The 33-year-old figures to have no shortage of suitors, however.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nash (hamstring) said in Thursday's exit interview that he's 3-to-4 weeks from getting healthy, Yahoo! Sports reports. Looking ahead to next season, he relayed, "I proved to myself I can still play at a high level. It's just how many minutes and how often. That's what I have to figure out."
Impact: Nash will do everything in his power to be injury-free heading into the fall, but at 40 years old, he's unsure if his body will hold up during another offseason of preparation for an NBA campaign. With ample cap space imminent, the Lakers' summer will be one of change, but the final season of Nash's contract guarantees he'll at least be around to lend his services at the point, if healthy.
Kobe Bryant - #24 - Guard - 6'6" - 205lbs
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant (knee) will begin a six-month training program now that he has been cleared to shoot and run, ESPN reports.
Impact: Bryant hadn't been traveling with the team towards the end of the season as he was already focusing on next year. He has a long road to recovery which will surely be detailed along the way.
News: Bazmore underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in his right foot, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Bazemore played well since being acquired by the Lakers from the Warriors in a trade deadline deal. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 23 games (15 starts). He is expected to be ready for the 2014-15 season.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Jordan Hill closed out the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Hill had 14 double-doubles this season, after recording just seven in his first four NBA seasons combined.
Kendall Marshall - #12 - Point Guard - 6'4" - 195lbs
News: Marshall tallied 15 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and 11 assists in 28 minutes against San Antonio on Wednesday.
Impact: Marshall joined the Lakers in December and benefitted from coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive scheme heavily featuring point guard play. A 2012 lottery pick that Phoenix quickly parted ways with, Marshall averaged close to eight points and nine assists per game for Los Angeles this season. Converting nearly 40 percent from three-point range, the lefty really improved his shooting during this season, as Wednesday's four-for-four performance from deep evidences.
News: Hill went for 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-6 FT) and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes Wednesday night against the Spurs.
Impact: Hill played very well Wednesday, leading the Lakers in both points and rebounds despite under 30 minutes of action. Along with shooting efficiently, Hill contributed a pair of blocks on the night. Hill finished the season strong, averaging over 15 points and nine rebounds in his final five outings.
News: Nash will miss the Lakers' season finale on Wednesday, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Nash wasn't expected to play in Wednesday's game and that is officially the case now. It is possible that Nash has played his last NBA game, but he said he wants to continue playing. The offseason will determine if and where Nash will play the 2014-15 season.
News: Kaman (calf) will miss the season finale for the Lakers on Wednesday, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Kaman hasn't played in a game since March 30 and the Lakers have no reason to push him into action on Wednesday. Kaman will finish his 11th NBA season averaging 10.4 points, 5.9 boards, and one block in 19 minutes.
News: Young scored 41 points (14-23 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 7-9 FT) to go along with three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes Monday.
Impact: Young came off the bench and torched the Jazz en route to a season-high in scoring. In what could've been his final home game in a Lakers uniform, the trigger-happy Young had one of his best performances of the season. He's averaging 26 points on 50.6 percent shooting over his last five games.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Nash won't play Monday.
Impact: Nash, plagued with an irritated nerve root, has played in two of the last four games but scored just seven points in a combined 32 minutes.
News: Bazemore will have surgery on his foot Wednesday at Stanford University, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Bazemore is out for the season, and with a torn tendon in his right foot, surgery and rehab will be the only thing in Bazemore's near future. The Lakers continue to start Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall in the backcourt.
News: Nash (hamstring) won't play Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Nash can be dropped in single-season leagues, as it appears his season is over. Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks will start in the Lakers' backcourt.
News: Kaman (calf) won't play Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly will start in the Lakers' frontcourt, and Kaman can be released in single-season leagues, as it appears his season is over.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol will miss the remainder of the regular season because of vertigo, the team announced on Sunday.
Impact: A free agent this offseason, Gasol may be done in purple and gold. He finished the year averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.
News: Gasol (vertigo) will not play in the Lakers' three remaining games this season, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Gasol's case of vertigo will end his season after 60 games played. However, since he has played just one game since Mar. 23, the Lakers' rotation figures to remain the same, with Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre handling minutes at center. A free agent this offseason, the 33-year-old Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks this year.
MarShon Brooks - #2 - Guard-Forward - 6'5" - 200lbs
News: Brooks has played in just three of the Lakers' last seven games and averaged 5.0 minutes per contest that he participated in.
Impact: The Lakers are the third team that Brooks has played for this season. He often stays glued to the pine, even when the Lakers are shorthanded. There are three remaining games left for the Lakers and Brooks has a slim chance of seeing significant minutes in any of those tilts.
Wesley Johnson - #11 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 215lbs
News: Johnson recorded a double-double Sunday that included 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 40 minutes as a starter.
Impact: Johnson's minutes have fluctuated this season, but his ability to remain healthy has allowed him to have staying power in the Lakers' rotation. He's capable of providing valuable output and deserves consideration during the Lakers' final two games.
News: Hill (illness) managed to play in Sunday's game and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in just 27 minutes.
Impact: Hill has proven that he can put up significant production when given enough playing time. It's hard to make definitive statements about what the Lakers' rotation will look like, but Hill is a solid option when he gets the nod as a starter.
News: Hill (illness) is expected to play in Sunday's contest against the Grizzlies, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Hill had a migraine headache Sunday morning, but he should be able to play by game time. If for some odd reason he is unable to play, Robert Sacre will start in his place.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry (knee/wrist) underwent successful surgery Friday to repair both a torn ligament in his left wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his right knee.
Impact: Henry has deal with a number of injuries this season, the latest of which have kept him out of the lineup for the past four contests. Obviously, Henry will miss the rest of the season, but the team expects him to recover in time for the beginning of training camp.
News: Nash (hamstring) will be sidelined for Friday's contest against the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: After dishing out five dimes Tuesday to secure the third spot on the all-time assist list, Nash and the Lakers appear comfortable shutting him down for the season in order to aid their lottery odds. However, a decision has yet to be made regarding that outcome, leaving the door open for another appearance or two. In the meantime, expect Kendall Marshall to handle the bulk of the ballhandling.
News: Kaman (calf) is sitting out Friday's contest versus the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Kaman will sit out his fifth consecutive game due to a right calf strain, which is unfortunate due to parallel DNPs logged nightly by Pau Gasol (vertigo) at the moment. In any case, Jordan Hill should act as a viable option at center, while Robert Sacre gathers his share of minutes off the bench.
News: Gasol (head) won't take the floor Friday versus the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: The absence isn't a surprise, considering Gasol has been deemed "unlikely" to play again this season. Fellow center, Chris Kaman, is also out due to a calf injury, which places the onus of that position on the shoulders of Jordan Hill, with Robert Sacre a very secondary option.
News: Gasol (vertigo) is listed as "doubtful" for Friday's outing against the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Initially, Gasol was considered out Friday, but there is now a glimmer of hope, however small, that he'll suit up. Because Chris Kaman is also deemed out for the aforementioned contest, Jordan Hill is the main man down low for the Lakers, with Robert Sacre filling in as a reserve.
News: Kaman has a strained calf.
Impact: He could be done for the season.
News: Henry has undergone successful surgeries on his left wrist and right knee.
Impact: The fourth-year pro had a torn ligament in his wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his knee. Henry already had been declared out for the season by the Lakers. He played his final game April 1 against Portland.
News: Bazemore has a torn tendon.
Impact: He's likely done for the season.
News: Farmar came off the bench for 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes Tuesday against the Rockets.
Impact: Farmar returned from a 10-game absence and stuffed the stat sheet in his first game back. With one week left in the season, Farmar has the potential to have a couple good games before it's all said and done.
News: Nash (hamstring) is likely done for the season after suffering a setback in Tuesday's game, Inside SoCal reports. "Because I had a pretty good setback today, I probably won't play again," Nash said. "If I get a good recovery over the next week, I'd love to play again. A big goal for me was not to go into the summer injured. The fact that I had a setback today was frustrating."
Impact: It is possible that Nash's career is nearing its end as well. The 18-year veteran passed Mark Jackson to move to third on the all-time assists list in his brief appearance, and will likely finish his career there. Nash's future with the Lakers will depend on what they decide to do with his contract in the offseason.
News: Gasol (vertigo) is "unlikely" to return this season, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: This news shouldn't come as a surprise, as Gasol was expected to remain out for the final games of the season. He's averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game this season, and it appears his fantasy dominance may be coming to an end. Consider Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly to be the primary beneficiaries of his minutes.
Jodie Meeks - #20 - Shooting Guard - 6'4" - 210lbs
News: Meeks dropped 30 points (12-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go with four rebounds, six assists and a steal in 38 minutes Tuesday in a loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Meeks has been pretty reliable all season when it comes to scoring and three-pointers. Over his last five games, he's averaging 19.4 points and 2.0 three-pointers on 50.7 percent shooting from the field and 91.7 percent shooting from the line.
News: Young came off the bench to score 32 points (11-19 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go with a rebound and three assists in 23 minutes Tuesday against the Rockets.
Impact: Young has been on a scoring tear lately. Over his past five games, he's been averaging 24.2 points and 4.0 three-pointers on 49.4 percent shooting from the field. With a week left in the regular season, Young might have himself a couple big scoring games as the Lakers have long been out of playoff contention and have nothing to play for.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Steve Nash had five assists on Tuesday night, moving past Mark Jackson for third place in NBA history in the category.
Impact: It has been a long season for Nash, as he has battled injuries along with the team's struggles for the Los Angeles Lakers. His accomplishment on Tuesday was surely one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal year.
News: Nash had five assists Tuesday to move past Mark Jackson for No. 3 on the all-time assists list, giving him 10,335 for his career.
Impact: Nash has played only 15 games this season because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings. He scored three points and also had three rebounds in 13 minutes. The 17-year veteran trails only John Stockton (15,806 assists) and Jason Kidd (12,091) on the all-time assists list.
News: Farmar will be available for Tuesday's game against the Rockets, the Lakers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Farmar has not played since March 14, but is poised for a return Tuesday. He will come off of the bench, as Kendall Marshall will once again get the start at point guard. He will likely split minutes with Marshall and Steve Nash.
News: Nash (ankle) will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Rockets, the Lakers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: This will be just the 15th appearance for Nash this season. He is an interesting option for fantasy owners in the playoffs right now. He could be a useful source of assists if he can stay in the game for a good stretch. One of the reasons he's still playing this season is because he's just five assists away from becoming the third player on the all-time assists list for the NBA.
News: Bazemore's MRI on Monday revealed a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot, and he'll miss the rest of the season, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Bazemore will undergo surgery to repair the tendon, after which a timetable for his return to the court will be given, but he can certainly be dropped in single-season leagues at this point. He suffered the injury Sunday against the Clippers, and the Lakers, who have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the league, are now down to just Jordan Farmar, Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, and Wesley Johnson in the backcourt, with the occasional appearance from Steve Nash and MarShon Brooks.
News: Farmar (groin) is officially listed as questionable, but says that he will play on Tuesday against the Rockets, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Farmar has been sidelined since March 14, but he said he will play on Tuesday. Consider Farmar to be a game-time decision. If he does return Tuesday, he should split time in the Lakers' backcourt with Kendall Marshall and Steve Nash.
News: Kaman (calf) will miss the Lakers' game on Tuesday against the Rockets, the team's official site reports.
Impact: This will be Kaman's fourth straight game he has missed with the calf injury, and with Pau Gasol out with vertigo, the Lakers' froncourt is incredibly shorthanded. Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, and Ryan Kelly will continue to get extra minutes with Kaman's absence. The next chance Kaman has to return is Friday when the Lakers host the Warriors.
News: Gasol (vertigo) will miss the Lakers' game on Tuesday against the Rockets, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Gasol has been dealing with vertigo and the team is considering shutting him down for the remainder of the season, so Tuesday's absence isn't too much of a surprise. The Lakers' next game is Friday against the Warriors, so that will be Gasol's next chance to return, but he is likely doubtful for that game as well.
News: Henry (knee/wrist) will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist as well as arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Henry was already not expected to return this season, and having surgery on Friday all but ensures that's the case. Henry finished the season with career-highs across the board, averaging 10 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, one steal, and 0.7 three-pointers made per game. Next year he could return to fantasy relevance but for now, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, and Kent Bazemore will continue to take minutes.
News: Nash (back) expects to play Tuesday against the Rockets, the L.A. Daily News reports.
Impact: Nash has struggled massively with injuries, playing in just 14 games this season. When he is able to get in the lineup, he has been surprisingly effective, while totaling double-digit assists in two of his past four games. When he does manage to get into the game, Nash has only played around 20 minutes, so do not expect him to play many more minutes than that Tuesday. Despite his age and minutes limit, Nash could be an interesting play for fantasy owners desperate for some assists in the playoffs.
Ryan Kelly - #4 - Power Forward - 6'11" - 230lbs
News: Kelly got another start Sunday and had six points (3-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt), four boards, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes against the Clippers.
Impact: Kelly may continue to start for the remainder of the season with the Lakers devastated by injuries, but Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre are the preferable fantasy options in the Lakers' frontcourt.
Robert Sacre - #50 - Center - 7'0" - 260lbs
News: Sacre had nine points, 10 boards and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench Sunday against the Clippers.
Impact: The Lakers have been hit hard by injuries, and Sacre should continue to see close to 30 minutes per game over the remainder of the season, even as a reserve.
News: Young (knee) should be good to play in Tuesday's tilt against the Rockets, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Young was forced to leave Sunday's loss against the Clippers after bumping his knee in the third quarter. He was unable to return, but still finished with 18 points in 26 minutes of action. Keep an eye on his status heading into Tuesday's game to make sure he plays.
News: Bazemore left Sunday's game with a sprained right foot and will not return, the Lakers' official website reports.
Impact: Bazemore's x-rays returned negative, so it appears the swingman avoided a more serious injury. He'll undergo an MRI to determine the injury's severity on Monday, when a more definitive read of his status for the remainder of this season should surface. With Bazemore out, Jodie Meeks figures to handle the ball more during Sunday's contest, with Jordan Farmar (groin) possibly returning to help out Tuesday versus Houston.
Jodie Meeks - #20 - Shooting Guard - 6'4" - 210lbs
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Meeks had 25 points for the Lakers on Friday.
Impact: He's scored 21 or more points three times in four games.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Young caught fire early and never stopped, making his first eight shots en route to a season-high 40 points on Tuesday night for Los Angeles. It was in a losing cause, however, as Portland won 124-112.
Impact: Young was the last reserve off of coach Mike D'Antoni's bench. He made up for lost time, finishing 15 for 26 from the field.