News: Gasol recorded 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 25 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Gasol didn't play too much in the Lakers' 48 point loss to the Clippers Thursday, but still managed to lead the Lakers in points and rebounds. This was his fourth straight game scoring 20+ points and he's been shooting very efficiently lately as well.
News: Young (knee) is out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Young will miss a sixth consecutive game, and it's unclear when he might return. A cautious approach is likely in order, after the veteran wing lasted just one game in a previous attempt to rejoin the Lakers on Feb. 23.
Jordan Hill - #27 - Forward-Center - 6'10" - 235lbs
News: Hill won't play Thursday against the Clippers due to a sore right knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: The Lakers were fearful that Hill had sustained cartilage damage, but an MRI was returned negative. Don't be surprised if he misses a few more games as a precautionary measure, with contests on the slate Friday and Sunday, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.
News: Farmar will continue to come off the bench Thursday versus the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Mike D'Antoni has considered making a change to the starting five due to Farmar's strong play in the second half. In eight games since the break, Farmar has averaged 12.5 points (on 46.7 percent shooting), 5.4 assists, 2.8 treys, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 24 minutes. Meanwhile, Kendall Marshall will again start at the point, but D'Antoni may send Farmar out there immediately after halftime and in crunch time due to his steadiness across the board.
News: Marshall will get the start at point guard Thursday against the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Overall, Jordan Farmar has outplayed Marshall in most facets of the game of late, but the latter has still doled out double-digit dimes in three consecutive games, warranting the starting nod. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that Farmar may still start the second half and play down the stretch Thursday, which will likely limit Marshall to the 25 minutes per game that he's logged in eight post-break outings.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike D'Antoni said that he is considering starting Farmar over Kendall Marshall, the L.A. Daily News reports.
Impact: Farmar has been playing well of late, averaging 16.0 points and 6.2 assists over his last five games. Kendall Marshall has failed to score a point in four of his last five games, but has put up double-digit assists in each of his last three. If Farmar is put in the starting lineup, he should see a few more minutes every night and it could help his fantasy value.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Bazemore scored 23 points in a 132-125 loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Impact: Bazemore is unheralded so he can't be trusted.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 132-125 loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Impact: Gasol is averaging 24.3 points in his last three games.
News: Marshall went scoreless (0-4 FG), but contributed a rebound, 10 assists and a steal in 22 minutes of action Tuesday in a loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: In his past five games, Marshall has failed to score in four of them. He's an abysmal 3-for-24 from the field in that span, and the only category he contributes in is assists. The Laker guard rotation is suddenly crowded with Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry returning from injury, and newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. Only owners desperate for assists should take a look of Marshall.
News: Farmar came off the bench to score 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with one rebound, eight assists and one steal in 26 minutes Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Coach Mike D'Antoni benched Kendall Marshall in the fourth quarter and opted to go with Farmar, who's been hot recently. In his last five games, Farmar is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 three-pointers, 6.0 assists, and 1.5 steals on 55.3 percent shooting from the field and 88.9 percent shooting from the line. Owners in need of point guard stats should give Farmar a look.
News: Bazemore matched his career-high with 23 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), and added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of action Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Since being traded to the Lakers, Bazemore has been seeing consistent minutes and has been producing at a consistent level. He's made a three-pointer in every game he's played as a Laker, and he's gotten a steal in every game but one. Owners looking for cheap three-pointers, points and steals should look no further than Bazemore, as he improves day by day as a Laker.
News: Gasol scored the Lakers' first 13 points to start the game and finished with 29 points (10-15 FG, 9-14 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and a block in 32 minutes of action Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Tuesday's game marks Gasol's third consecutive game in which he's made 10 field goals. In his past five games, Gasol is averaging 20.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocks on 54.4 percent shooting from the field. As long as he can remain healthy, Gasol should continue to produce at a high level.
News: Henry (knee) returned to action Monday against the Blazers and logged five minutes of action. He went 0-for-2 from the field and didn't contribute anything else.
Impact: Henry had missed two months of action with a knee injury, and it's encouraging to see him make his way back on the court. The Lakers have been dealing with a multitude of injuries this season, and Henry made the most of his run in December. It's not likely that he'll see similar value in this current run, as newcomers Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks have been filling in fairly well. Still, keep him on the radar in deep leagues in case another ankle gets turned in Los Angeles.
News: Bazemore scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes Monday.
Impact: The move to Los Angeles has been a blessing for Bazemore, who is getting consistent minutes for the first time in his career. The young guard has shown that he can hold his own when given the chance. If you need 3-pointers, it's time to jump aboard the Bazemore bandwagon.
News: Meeks scored 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and grabbed three rebounds in 39 minutes Monday.
Impact: Meeks has looked solid since the All-Star Break, building off his strong January to prove himself a worthy fantasy option. Over his past five games, Meeks is averaging 18.8 points on 57.4 percent shooting. Unfortunately, the guard doesn't provide much else for owners besides his scoring ability.
News: Henry (knee) will be available to play Monday but isn't expected to see much run, NBA.com reports. "Xavier is not going to play a whole lot, because I don't think he's ready," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We have to be careful with him."
Impact: A fully healthy Henry could be of use in deeper and mid-sized leagues, as was the case earlier in the season, but that time hasn't quite come yet. He's worth keeping an eye on, but with the Lakers backcourt featuring newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks lately, it's best to leave Henry on waivers for now in most formats.
News: Nash (back) is unlikely to play in another contest this season, the Los Angeles Times reports. On Monday, coach Mike D'Antoni considered Nash's return, before stating, "I doubt it."
Impact: With the Lakers resigned to a rare dismal campaign, and Nash's health still a question mark, D'Antoni would prefer that minutes be handed to the array of young guards on the roster. Thus, expect Kendall Marshall to handle the point going forward, with Jordan Farmer taking on most, if not all, of the remaining run.
News: Young (knee) won't play Monday against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as there was a report on Friday that Young wasn't close to returning. The Lakers have a lot of pieces on the wing, so it's not a lock that his fantasy value will be where it was earlier in the season upon his return.
News: Henry (knee) will make the trip to Portland with the Lakers after a brief stint rehabbing in the D-League, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: It sounds like he'll be available to play in Monday's game, but it would be wise to see how he's used first before deploying him, as the Lakers have a lot of options on the wing right now.
News: Henry (knee) said that he hasn't been experiencing any pain, but is still trying to get back into game shape as he eyes a Monday return, the Lakers' Official Site reports.
Impact: It hasn't been confirmed that Henry will be able to play Monday, but the fact that he's rejoining the team after a rehab stint in the D-League suggests that he'll be available. There's been changes to the Lakers' rotation since he last played, so it might be wise to monitor his first outing before deploying him.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaman (back) returned to action Friday but played just four minutes and only recorded one block.
Impact: It's hard to say what Kaman's role on the Lakers will be moving forward. He enjoyed a nice run of games in February, but has been sidelined for many others this season, despite being fully healthy. The Lakers' next game Monday will be telling of Kaman's value as the season draws to a close.
News: Meeks enjoyed perfection as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Meeks scored 22 points and made all eight shots. His point total matched the second-best total by any player who shot perfectly this season and it's an effort that has followers of NBA analytics drooling thanks to his efficiency.
News: Brooks scored 23 as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Brooks will get minutes if Nick Young is out for L.A.
News: Gasol scored 22 as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Gasol also had six assists, five boards and five turnovers.
News: Farmar scored a career-high 30 points off the bench, making eight of 10 shots from 3-point range, as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Farmar is shooting 44.9 percent from long range and should get more minutes.
News: Farmar scored 30 points (9-14 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT) in 29 minutes off the bench Friday against the Kings.
Impact: Even before this game, Farmar had made 11 threes in the five games since the All Star break. He is averaging 24 minutes per game over that stretch, and is a good source of threes and assists, though he cannot be relied upon in other categories.
News: Kaman (back) is probable for Friday's game against the Kings, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Kaman sat out Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies with a sore back, but appears to be ready to go Friday. In February, he is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.
News: A Lakers' spokesman said Friday that he doesn't think Young (knee) "is real close" to returning to the lineup, the OC Register reports.
Impact: This is a very vague statement, but it does hint that the team is going to bring Young along very slowly. With the worst record in the Western Conference, the Lakers' are unlikely to rush him back to court.
News: Young (knee) will not play Friday versus Sacramento, the Lakers' official website reports.
Impact: Young has featured in just one of the Lakers' past nine games due to knee soreness. With Los Angeles long out of contention, the team won't risk playing Young in seemingly meaningless games. As such, the shooting guard's owners will need to exercise patience with Young until his knee can handle consistent playing time.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry has been assigned to the L.A. D-Fenders of the D-League and will play Thursday, the Lakers' official twitter feed reports.
Impact: Henry has missed 27 straight games because of a right knee injury. The Lakers will likely let him get some game time logged in the D-League before he returns to the team. With the worst record in the Western Conference, the team will not try to rush him back.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Farmar scored 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt) in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Impact: Farmar's outside shot was falling, which allowed him to crack double-figures for Los Angeles. While he's capable of nights like Wednesday's here and there, Farmar is too inconsistent to own in virtually all fantasy formats.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaman (back) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Kaman, who has been banged up for much of the season, is dealing with a sore back and will not take the court. Expect some combination of Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly to see increased minutes in Kaman's absence.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Bazemore continues to take advantage of the opportunity created by his trade from Golden State to the Lakers, establishing a new career high in points for the third straight game with 23 in Tuesday's loss at Indiana.
Impact: Bazemore is averaging 18.3 points in his first three games for Los Angeles. He had been averaging 2.3 points in 44 games for Golden State and scored in double figures just twice.
News: Nash (nerve root irritation) was held out of Tuesday's game.
Impact: He can be considered "out" until further notice, as there's no word on when he'll take the court again. Even if he were to return, Kent Bazemore has been a big hit since arriving in a trade from Golden State, so Nash wouldn't be a great fantasy option.
News: Marshall was held scoreless in 18 minutes Tuesday with three rebounds, four assists and one steal against the Pacers.
Impact: He has now seen fewer than 25 minutes in three-straight games. Meanwhile, newcomer Kent Bazemore scored 23 points in 39 minutes as a starter, as coach Mike D'Antoni clearly wants to try out the team's new acquisition in an increased role. Marshall has too much upside in assists to give up on him in most formats, but it's certainly a worrisome situation.
News: Bazemore had a career-high 23 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT) with four boards, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes Tuesday against the Pacers.
Impact: The Lakers seem to really like their new toy, and until this production cools off, he's a great play in daily leagues, and worth a flier in standard leagues for owners desperate for scoring. Kendall Marshall only saw 18 minutes Tuesday, and if that's a trend that continues, Bazemore could hold his current value.
News: Young (knee soreness) will not play for the rest of the Lakers' road trip, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Young played 20 minutes on Sunday, but will miss the Lakers' next two games against the Pacers and Grizzlies. With his absence, fantasy owners should expect both Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks to receive more playing time on this road trip. With the Lakers out of playoff contention, Young's return to the court will be a slow and conservative approach. Fantasy owners should monitor Young, but realize it could take some time for the swingman to be playing his normal 28 minutes a game.
News: Young (knee soreness) will not play Tuesday versus the Pacers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Young played 20 minutes on Sunday despite still sporting an ailing left knee. With the Lakers out of contention and banged-up in the backcourt, Young's health will not be risked Tuesday. The swingman will likely be eased into more consistent playing time in the coming games, so his fantasy owners should prepare to be flexible with Young.
News: Brooks has played well in his first two games with the Lakers', averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, two steals and an assist while shooting 55.6 percent.
Impact: Brooks has seen an increase of 2.1 minutes per game with the Warriors to 21.0 minutes per game with the Lakers. His expanded role and a good shooting percentage has given him an exponential rise in fantasy value.
News: Young (knee) returned to the court Sunday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one steal in 20 minutes.
Impact: Young didn't quite play his normal amount of minutes, but that's to be expected since the Lakers will likely ease him back into the lineup in order to prevent any setbacks. He provides a scoring spark off the bench for the Lakers, but it may take a few games before he gets back to his pre-injury production levels.
News: Young believes that he can play through an ailing left knee, which has yet to undergo an MRI, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Young never had an MRI performed on the knee because he was fearful of what it may reveal. While his desire to play out the season is admirable, a severe setback could threaten the final 26 games of the Lakers' slate. In any case, Sunday's return from a six-game absence -- 10 points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one rebound, and one steal in 20 minutes -- was a modest success, though he may find it difficult to find more run in a healthier backcourt.
News: Bazemore finished with 17 points, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes during his first start for the Lakers on Sunday.
Impact: Bazemore has now had two solid performances under his belt for the Lakers. He definitely warrants some consideration moving forward, especially if he continues to start.
News: Bazemore will get the nod at the three Sunday against the Nets, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Bazemore certainly must have impressed coach Mike D'Antoni in his Lakers debut Friday, pouring in 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 33 minutes. The change may just be a lineup decision to match up against Brooklyn's sleek starting five, but if he continues to receive sustained run in a battered backcourt, varied lines like Friday's would boost his relevance in many leagues.
Kobe Bryant - #24 - Guard - 6'6" - 205lbs
News: Bryant (knee) won't return for at least three more weeks, Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: The announcement was made Friday, imparting that the earliest Bryant could be back in action is mid-March. Because the Lakers have two more years committed to him, there is no rush to get him back on the court, and if the ongoing discomfort in his knee continues, don't be surprised to see him shut down entirely.
News: Nash (back) has missed the Lakers' past three games and should be considered a game-time decision for Sunday's contest with the Nets.
Impact: Nash has had an injury riddled tenure in Los Angeles. At this point, owning him in standard leagues is a risk because he's yet to prove that he can string together consistent production. Nash may be a well known player, but there should be plenty of lesser-known players that provide more reliability on most waiver wires.
News: Henry (knee) is at least a week away from returning to game action, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Henry went through a full practice Saturday but with limited intensity, as he continues to work back from a bone bruise in his right knee. The 22-year-old has not played since Dec. 29 but averaged 10.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting prior to the injury.
News: Gasol scored 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in only 22 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.
Impact: The trade deadline has passed, and Gasol remains a Laker. As long as he can remain healthy, Gasol should continue to be one of the better options at center in the fantasy realm.
News: Bazemore played 33 minutes in his Laker debut against the Celtics on Friday night. He scored 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in the game.
Impact: That Bazemore led the Lakers in minutes is less significant than that he played more than starting shooting guard Jodie Meeks, who played only 22 minutes despite averaging more than 32 so far this season. If Bazemore can cut into Meeks' minutes, then he might have some value going forward.
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol had 16 points and seven boards in Friday's win over the Celts.
Impact: The trading deadline has passed and Gasol remains in LA. It's hard to say what to make of his fantasy future now.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry (knee) was cleared to resume basketball activities, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: While Henry was cleared to resume activities, he will remain limited. That means no five-on-five and no full-court. He'll be brought along slowly and his return timetable remains on track for a mid-March return.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (knee) has been cleared by doctors and is expected to play Sunday, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Young has missed the last two weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the patella in his left knee and was tentatively scheduled to play Friday. He increased his activity at practice but wasn't cleared to face the Celtics. Look for him to play Sunday barring any unforeseen setbacks.
Wesley Johnson - #11 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 215lbs
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson scored 24 points for Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, but it was not enough, as the team fell 134-108 to Houston.
Impact: The 24 points came close to a season-high for Johnson, and he also chipped in with seven rebounds.
News: Young (knee) increased his activity level in Thursday's practice but isn't expected to suit up Friday versus the Celtics, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Young has already been sidelined two weeks due to a non-displaced fracture of the patella in his left knee. Because he was unable to practice earlier in the week, a return could occur in the near future. However, don't expect his next appearance to take place Friday.
News: Meeks (ankle) scored 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with two assists and a steal in 34 minutes on Wednesday night versus the Rockets.
Impact: Meeks (ankle) played big minutes in his return from a five-game hiatus. Averaging 14.5 points per contest, the fifth-year guard is in the of a career-best season and delivers value to fantasy owners as a great source of three-point shooting. Meeks is knocking down 2.2 treys per game at a 40.1 percent clip.
News: Farmar (hamstring) scored nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt) to go with four assists and three rebounds in 20 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Playing for the first time since February 5th, Farmar (hamstring) came off the bench on Wednesday night to show off his long range touch and ability to facilitate. If he can remain healthy, this is the type of effort to expect from the 27-year-old guard going forward.
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Brooks and Kent Bazemore.
Impact: Brooks has played limited minutes and has no value.
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
Impact: Bazemore has played limited minutes and has no value.
Tue. Feb 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Nash is out due to nerve irritation in his left leg that was fractured last season.
Impact: It's not clear when he will be back. Nash is 40 and should not be part of your fantasy team and there is probably no need for anyone that age to still be trying to play.