September 21, 2017

NBA - Latest Lakers Player Notes
09/18/2017 - Andrew Bogut  
C Andrew Bogut, a free agent, agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Bogut sustained a broken leg during his first game with Cavaliers in March, sidelining him for the rest of the season. The 7-foot Bogut began the 2016-17 season with the Mavericks, averaging 3.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 26 games, including 21 starts. Bogut was traded to the 76ers in a deal that sent Nerlens Noel to Dallas. Bogut then reached a buyout agreement with the 76ers in February, and he signed with Cleveland. However, his time with the Cavaliers lasted just 58 seconds of action, as he collided with the Heat's Okaro White and fractured his left tibia. He decided not to have surgery, and in late June it was reported that Bogut was about three weeks away from resuming basketball workouts.

08/14/2017 - Briante Weber  
G Briante Weber signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, the team announced. Although terms of the contract were not announced, multiple media outlets reported last week that it would be a one-year deal. Weber, 24, appeared in 20 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors, averaging a combined 3.1 points and 1.1 assists.

08/11/2017 - V.J. Beachem  
F V.J. Beachem signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Lakers on Friday. Terms of the deal were not released by the team, but ESPN revealed Beachem's contract is partially guaranteed. Beachem, a former Notre Dame standout, was not selected in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played four games with the Timberwolves during the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas.

07/31/2017 - Thomas Bryant  
C Thomas Bryant signed with the Lakers on Sunday. The 6-foot-11 Bryant was acquired in a draft-night trade with Utah, which selected him with the 42nd overall pick in June. He played two years at Indiana, averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season with the Hoosiers.

07/26/2017 - Tyler Ennis  
G Tyler Ennis re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Wednesday. Terms were not released, but the Los Angeles Times reported Ennis agreed to a minimum deal for one year with a team option in the second year. Ennis, 22, will back up rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.

07/17/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball will miss Monday's summer league championship game in Las Vegas due to a calf strain, but he was named the summer circuit's MVP. Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, suffered a mild right calf strain in Sunday's semifinal win over the Dallas Mavericks, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell. The Lakers will meet the Portland Trail Blazers in the title game.

07/17/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball exited the Lakers' summer league semifinal against the Mavericks on Sunday in Las Vegas due to right calf tightness. According to ESPN.com, Ball was available to play late in the game Sunday, but he was held out. Before leaving the game for good midway through the third quarter Sunday, Ball piled up 16 points and 10 assists, helping the Lakers advance to the final with a 108-98 win.

07/13/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Thursday. Pope received a one-year deal worth $18 million, according to multiple reports. His agreement with the Lakers was reported earlier this week. Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.5 assists in 76 games last season with the Pistons. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 314 career contests since being selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 draft. Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the 2017-18 season after the NBA suspended him last month following his guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Auburn Hills, Mich. He was arrested in March after police pulled him over for driving 45 mph in a 25-mph zone and a breathalyzer test displayed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08. Caldwell-Pope will join No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball as the likely starters in the Lakers' remade backcourt.

07/13/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball put his best foot forward on Wednesday while wearing Nike Kobe AD sneakers and not those of the Big Baller Brand. Ball recorded 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League action.

07/12/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
PG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports. The deal will enable Caldwell-Pope to re-enter the market next summer, ESPN reported Tuesday night. Caldwell-Pope, 24, began free agency as a restricted free agent, but the Detroit Pistons renounced his rights last Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.5 assists in 76 games last season with the Pistons.

07/10/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
PG Lonzo Ball missed the team's Las Vegas NBA Summer League game against the Kings on Monday because of a groin injury. Ball, the No. 2 overall selection in last month's NBA Draft, has been dealing with the injury since last week, but the ailment is not considered serious. Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler told the Los Angeles Times that the injured occurred during a practice. Ball did not show any negative effects from the groin injury Saturday, when he produced a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Lakers' 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics.

07/08/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers will miss the rest of the Las Vegas Summer League after his right calf cramped up during a game on Friday night, the team announced Saturday. Ingram, who scored 26 points in the game, fell to the floor while clutching his right leg after missing a potential game-winning shot in a 96-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers said Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, probably will remain with the team and practice when he is able.

07/03/2017 - Josh Hart  
G Josh Hart signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Hart was originally selected by the Jazz with this year's No. 30 draft pick and traded to the Lakers. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Villanova in 2016-17. A consensus First Team All-American and the reigning Big East Player of the Year, the 22-year-old finished the season ranked first in the Big East in points (18.7), fourth in field-goal percentage (.510) and fourth in rebounds (6.4).

07/03/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Kuzma, the 27th selection in this year's draft, averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Utah last season. The former All-Pac-12 First Team and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection appeared in 96 career games (64 starts) for the Utes, averaging 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

07/03/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball signed a four-year rookie contract on Monday. Terms of the deal were not released, but the 19-year-old point guard is expected to receive $33.4 million, assuming the Lakers offered him the full 120 percent of the league's slot value for the No. 2 pick as the maximum allowable. Ball was picked by the Lakers' new front office of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, the team president, and general manager Rob Pelinka.

06/20/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez, along with the 27th selection in this year's draft, were sent from the Brooklyn Nets to the Los Angeles Lakers. The 7-foot Lopez represents a dramatic upgrade for Los Angeles, particularly at the offensive end. He averaged a team-high 20.5 points last season for Brooklyn and owns career averages of 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in nine seasons with the Nets.

05/03/2017 - Luol Deng  
F Luol Deng had successful surgery to repair his injured right pectoral muscle. Deng went home after the operation and expects to be fully recovered by the time training camp starts in late September. Deng suffered the injury while working out in the offseason. Deng signed a four-year, $72-million contract with the Lakers last summer, which made him the highest-paid player on the team. Deng started 49 games in the 2016-17 season, but he came off the bench when he was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Brandon Ingram on Feb. 6. Deng, 32, was shut down for the final 15 games to allow younger players to get more court time, even though he was healthy. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game this past season. It was the first time in his 13 NBA seasons that he averaged less than 11.7 points per game.

04/13/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
PG D'Angelo Russell, who was in Kentucky following the death of his grandmother, missed the Lakers' season finale at Golden State on Wednesday.

04/13/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. had a game-high 11 rebounds to complement 13 points in the Lakers' season-ending loss at Golden State on Wednesday.

04/13/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 17 points on 8-for-16 shooting Wednesday in a season-ending loss at Golden State.

04/12/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell missed the Tuesday game to be with family in Louisville, Ky., where he is mourning the death of his grandmother.

04/12/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram and G Jordan Clarkson contributed 15 points apiece for the Lakers in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.

04/12/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson and F Brandon Ingram contributed 15 points apiece for the Lakers in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.

04/12/2017 - Metta World Peace  
F Metta World Peace, in possibly his last home game, scored a club-high 18 points, all in the second half, and the Lakers beat the Pelicans on Tuesday night. "It was a great feeling," said World Peace, who also had four steals. "I've had a long career, and for that to end at the top -- All-Star, sixth in MVP voting one year, would've won it the year I got suspended, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive first team, al-third team, All-NBA, everything -- but this is the best feeling."

04/11/2017 - David Nwaba  
G David Nwaba was recalled from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on Tuesday. Nwaba, 24, has averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18 games with the Lakers this season. He had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the D-Fenders' season-ending loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-Leagues' Western Conference Semifinals on Monday. On the season, Nwaba averaged 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 40 games with the D-Fenders. He led the D-League in making 64.9 percent of his field goal attempts.

04/10/2017 - Tyler Ennis  
G Tyler Ennis led the Lakers with 20 points Sunday in a win over the Wolves.

04/10/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell, whose grandmother died earlier in the day, sank a 3-pointer at the horn to lift the Lakers to a one-point win Sunday. Randle finished with 13 points and eight rebounds against Minnesota. "Honestly, I knew that's what my grandmother would have wanted," Russell said about playing. "My dad, my brothers, everybody wanted me to play. I wanted to get away from basketball. I didn't want to express myself through basketball, but that's the only option I had. I tried to take advantage of it."

04/08/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram added 11 points.

04/08/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored 25 points Friday.

04/08/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell scored the decisive basket with 41 seconds remaining as the Lakers defeated the Kings 98-94 Friday. Russell returned to the starting lineup after missing Wednesday's game with a sore left knee.

04/06/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell (left knee soreness) did not play Wednesday at San Antonio.

04/06/2017 - Tyler Ennis  
G Tyler Ennis scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Lakers in double-figure scoring as Los Angeles won at San Antonio on Wednesday.

04/03/2017 - David Nwaba  
G David Nwaba, who scored a career-high 19 points off the bench Saturday in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, has been one of the team's surprises. "He's a winner. I think he really is. Every time he plays he sets the tone for us," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. Nwaba signed a multi-year deal with the Lakers on March 21. Before being called up to the Lakers, Nwaba averaged 13.9 points and seven rebounds in 38 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. Nwaba managed three points in 16 minutes against Memphis.

04/03/2017 - Ivica Zubac  
C Ivica Zubac was ruled out for the season after sustaining a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Thursday.

04/03/2017 - Thomas Robinson  
F Thomas Robinson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

04/03/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles (22-55).

04/03/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle collected 18 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles (22-55).

04/03/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, and the Lakers ended a four-game skid with a 108-103 victory over the short-handed Grizzlies at Staples Center.

04/02/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell managed just two points on 1-of-9 shooting Saturday against the Clippers. Russell missed all six of his 3-point attempts.

04/02/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram scored 18 points Saturday against the Clippers after missing the last three games with right patellar tendinitis.

03/31/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram missed his missed his third consecutive game due to right patellar tendinitis.

03/31/2017 - Ivica Zubac  
C Ivica Zubac left early in the first quarter with a right high ankle sprain and did not return to the game. The team announced preliminary X-rays were negative.

03/31/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell was held to 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting as the Lakers (21-54) lost for the 17th time in 19 games.

03/31/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle added 12 points and 13 rebounds Thursday.

03/31/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points.

03/29/2017 - D'Angelo Russell  
G D'Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half for the Lakers, who lost to the Wizards for the fifth straight time on their home court. "Honestly, I feel like we got the same shots (in the second half). We just stopped making them," said Russell, who was 10 of 21 from the floor and 4 of 12 from 3-point range. "Missed shots and they scored on them."

03/29/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson finished with 22 points in a loss to Washington. Clarkson was 6 of 6 from the floor, including 2 for 2 from long distance. "We were making shots; we were getting stops," Clarkson said. "Then we stopped making shots and we stopped getting stops."

03/29/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram (right patellar tendinitis) missed his second game in a row.

03/26/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson injured his right hand in the first half but returned. However, it seemed to impact his shooting. Clarkson hit 3 of 4 for seven points in the first quarter but managed three points the rest of the way by making just 1 of 12 shots.

03/26/2017 - Corey Brewer  
F Corey Brewer started in place of Brandon Ingram (knee) and scored only three points in 19 minutes Sunday against Portland.