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According to Dave McMeniman, Kendrick Nunn will pick up his player option for 2022-2023 to remain with the Lakers. (Source: Dave McMeniman)

Fantasy Impact: In a parting interview on Monday, Nunn was asked a series of questions including will he remain with the team in 2022-2023. Kendrick Nunn says it’s a “no-brainer” that he will pick up his player option for the 2022-23 season with the Lakers. He says with an offseason of recovery and training, he expects to be fully healthy for the start of training camp.

Category: Rumors


According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the LA Lakers are firing HC Frank Vogel after coaching the team since 2019. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: The 2020 World Champion head coach has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the LA Lakers. Vogel, who signed an original three-year contract in 2019 and received a one-year extension through 2022-23 this past offseason, said following Sunday's game that he hadn't been told anything about his future with the team. After coaching the team to a top-10 offense and defense in 2020, the veteran head coach saw his team slip outside the top-10 in offense while ranking 21st in defensive rating. Quinn Synder remains the favorite to take over as head coach of the Lakers in 2022.

Category: Transactions


Wenyen Gabriel recorded 16 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel scored 16 points en route to a Lakers win while also receiving a standard NBA contract after his initial two-way contract with the Lakers on March 1. If the Lakers remain so short-handed, the 25-year-old should continue to see increased opportunities Sunday at Denver.

Category: Game Recaps


Talen Horton-Tucker recorded 15 points (4-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 34 minutes in Friday's win over the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Horton-Tucker did not go for 40 again but remained productive in a winning effort. LeBron James is already ruled out while Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are question marks for Sunday. If Anthony and Westbrook are unable to go, THT should get an opportunity to stay productive when the Lakers visit the Nuggets on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps


Dwight Howard recorded 15 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 3PT, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes in Friday's win over the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Howard recorded another solid outing as the Lakers starting center. It is unclear if Anthony Davis will play in their next game on Sunday. If Davis is unable to go, Howard will look to stay productive when the Lakers visit the Nuggets on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps


Stanley Johnson recorded 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-7 FT), eight rebounds, and one steal in 32 minutes in Friday's win over the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: With the Lakers so short-handed, Johnson was able to put his talents on display in hopes of staying in the purple and gold for next season. LeBron James is already ruled out while Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are question marks for Sunday. Johnson will look to continue to take advantage of an expanded role when the Lakers visit the Nuggets on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps


According to NBA reporter Dave McMeniman, LeBron James (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. (Source: Dave McMeniman)

Fantasy Impact: James will miss the final two games of the NBA season as he deals with an ankle injury that cost him the last portion of the season. With the Lakers out of playoff contention, their is no need to rush back the star as they will look to build in 2022-2023, the last year of Bron's contract.

Category: Injury Updates


Malik Monk scored 24 points (8-17 FG, 3-9 3PT, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal across 37 minutes in Thursday's 128-112 loss to the Warriors.

Fantasy Impact: Malik Monk got the start with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook both out on Thursday and did not disappoint. Monk topped 23 points for the fourth time in his last eight games and should continue to get plenty of playing time as the Lakers' likely rest their stars in the final games with nothing to play for. Monk is another young Laker that could use the final weekend to impress the LA brass.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Shams Charania on Twitter, Trevor Ariza has been waived by the Lakers on Thursday. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: On Thursday, the Lakers waived veteran forward Trevor Ariza on Thursday. The team will use the roster spot to convert a young player prior to Sunday’s deadline to sign a player. Ariza appeared in just 24 games this season for the Lakers averaging 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 19.3 minutes of work.

Category: Transactions


Lakers F Anthony Davis has been officially ruled out for Thursday's game against Golden State according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anthony Davis has been doing his best to play through this foot sprain since returning to the lineup April 1 against New Orleans, even notching double-doubles in two of the last three games. However, with only two more games left after tonight and the Lakers officially eliminated, it would be surprising to see Davis on the court again this season. Dwight Howard and Wenyen Gabriel are the top candidates for minutes down low with AD out Thursday.

Category: Injury Updates


Austin Reaves delivered 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, six assists, and a steal in the loss to the Suns.

Fantasy Impact: Reaves finally made his way back into the rotation and instantly made an impact. It was a head-scratching decision to see him play such a few minutes down the stretch but is abundantly clear now that his management was a mistake.

Category: Game Recaps


Carmelo Anthony (illness) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Anthony is dealing with some kind of non-covid illness that knocked him out of Friday's game, and it's unclear when he will be available to make his return. For now, expect him to be considered day-to-day, and look for Wenyen Gabriel to be a key fantasy beneficiary if the veteran continues to miss time.

Category: Injury Updates


Avery Bradley (knee) is available for Saturday's contest against the Golden State Warriors. (Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley is one-game back from a four-game absence due to a knee injury he has been dealing with. He didn't play in that game, and fantasy managers can't be sure he will play Saturday either. The veteran guard can be waived in any league he hasn't already been.

Category: Injury Updates


Wayne Ellington scored 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3PT) and snagged one rebound in 12 minutes of the Lakers' 132-111 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington scored almost all of his points in garbage time on Thursday, but he was a perfect 5-5 from the field. Although the veteran guard is in no way a fantasy option, he may have earned himself some extra playing time in the next couple of games, so keep an eye on his role in this inconsistent Lakers lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation, D.J. Augustin will not debut for the Lakers on Tuesday (Source: Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation)

Fantasy Impact: Recently signed guards D.J. Augustin AND Wenyen Gabriel (two-way contract) will not debut for the Lakers on Tuesday. The move has no fantasy impact.

Category: Injury Updates


Forward Sekou Doumbouya was waived from the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. (Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Doumbouya was a first-round pick a few years ago, but he wasn't able to be on the court for the Lakers. His last played game was all the way back in mid-November. The young forward will look for a new home, but there is no guarantee he finds a suiter any time soon.

Category: Transactions


The 76ers will be heavily pursuing DeAndre Jordan, who is expected to be waived by the Lakers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Sixers have been lacking center depth since trading Andre Drummond, so signing a solid veteran like Jordan makes sense for both sides. If a deal does get done, the 33-year old will find himself in a situation to see real minutes and fantasy value in Philadelphia. Fantasy managers should monitor this situation closely to see his landing spot.

Category: Rumors