Los Angeles Lakers

Western Pacific

DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Updating a prior note, Cousins’ knee injury is a torn ACL — a worst case scenario. Given the lengthy recovery time and his recent injury history, he’s unlikely to play in the regular season. Signed to a one-year deal, he may never take the court for the Lakers.

Category: Injury Updates


Lance Stephenson is leaving the NBA to play for Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association. He signed a one-year contract is worth $4M. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson is packing his luggage for China, as apparently no team in North America was willing to offer him a deal. While he has occasionally flashed his handling and scoring ability, his inconsistent play was frustrating enough for every single club to bypass him. In Stephenson's lone season with the Purple and Gold, he averaged 7.2 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 68 games. Perhaps he can parlay a successful year abroad into a new NBA contract in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Tyson Chandler is signing a one-year contract to play for the Houston Rockets. Chandler scored 3.1 PPG and grabbed 5.6 RPG for the Suns and Lakers last year. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rockets continue their reconstruction of the roster, as they add the 7'1" center to the bench. Chandler played the fewest minutes per game in his career this past season, and his stats took a hit as a result. Chandler is unlikely to produce the double-double numbers that he once averaged, though the Rockets tend to utilize their centers well, e.g., Nene and Kenneth Faried.

Category: Transactions


Rajon Rondo is coming back to play for the Lakers on a two-year deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The veteran point guard returns to a retooled Lakers squad that now has playmaking and shooting ability. With the amount of potential offensive firepower the Lakers have, there is a possibility Rondo can return to his glory days of averaging a double-double in points and assists. Though he may not start for the team, he still will get plenty of opportunities as the primary distributor behind LeBron James.

Category: Transactions


The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed center JaVale McGee. The deal is a 2-year $8.2 million dollar contract with the second year being a player option. (Source: NBA)

Fantasy Impact: The Lakers moved quick in re-signing their big man who had a individual career-year in the purple and gold. This move was likely made with the news that Kawhi Leonard signed with the cross-town rival Clippers. JaVale should handle his same role in 2019-2020.

Category: Transactions


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year, $16M contract. (Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: After the fallout of the Kawhi Leonard decision, the Lakers are quickly moving on and rounding out the rest of their team. The Lakers relegated KCP to coming off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in Detroit, and he will likely see a similar role with the new-look roster. While the 26-year-old is entering his athletic prime, it is unlikely that he drastically improves upon his career stat-line of 11.9 PPG and 3.3 RPG in this current situation.

Category: Transactions


Lonzo Ball has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans get Ingram, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram plus three future first-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ball will be the first guard off the bench in NOLA behind Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday. Ball certainly could be worth a look late in re-draft leagues as Payton has a long injury history.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Ingram has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans get Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball plus three future first-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram will settle into a three role with the Pelicans which is certainly filling a void. E'Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill will take a major hit in value with the arrival of Ingram. Moore and Hill are pieces the Pelicans could trade or buyout.

Category: Transactions


Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Utah Jazz and will miss his fifth game in a row with a foot injury. Moritz Wagner will start again in his place with Johnathan Williams picking up minutes. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is the option to start in DFS lineups with Wagner and Alex Caruso trailing him slightly in fantasy.

Category: Injury Updates


Moritz Wagner got the start again with Kyle Kuzma out of the lineup and scored 13 points on 4-for-9 FGs. Wagner added six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 25 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Wagner is worth a look in daily leagues as the team continues to tank and play without so many injuries.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Williams scored a team-high 17 points in a loss to the Warriors on Thursday while shooting a solid 8-for-14 from the floor. Williams added a double-double with 13 rebounds plus two blocks one steal, and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: Williams is worth a look in all leagues and formats if Kyle Kuzma continues to miss time with a foot injury.

Category: Game Recaps


LeBron James will be shut down for the final six games including Sunday's game versus the Pelicans due to a groin injury. (Source: Mike Trudall on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James finished the season as a back-end first-round draft pick in fantasy, but only when healthy. James finished with a career-low 55 games played this season and will not be in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. James could be more of a risky second-round pick next season.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Hart (knee) had surgery on his right patellar tendon and will be out for the rest of the year. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hart was never really a great fantasy option this season so this news doesn't matter much in the fantasy realm. Apparently he's been playing hurt for a while but who knows what to believe. He should be fine for the start of next season.

Category: Injury Updates


Reggie Bullock put in 13 points, two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of game action on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bullock went 3-for-3 from deep but he continues to be a one-dimensional fantasy player. He's got five triples in his last two games and plays twice more over the weekend though so if you need a three-point specialist he's an option.

Category: Game Recaps


Alex Caruso continues solid run

Tue, Mar 19th 1:56pm EDT
By Alex Murray

Alex Caruso put in 12 points, five steals, three blocks, three rebounds and two dimes in 28 minutes of game action on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: So this Caruso guy is definitely going to be a hot add this week. The Summer League star is doing 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 dimes, 2.3 steals, 1.3 triples and 1.3 blocks per game on 50 percent shooting from the field over his past three. Scoop him while he's hot.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Muscala will play on Saturday against the Pelicans despite a right ankle sprain. Muscala missed the last two games and will come off the bench behind Kyle Kuzma. (Source: BIll Oram on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Muscala is off the fantasy radar and got a downgrade in value when traded to Philly to LA.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Beasley is reportedly finalizing a deal to join Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association for the next two months. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley began the year with the Lakers before being dealt to the Clippers at the trade deadline. The Clippers waived the forward and after no NBA club has picked him up, he appears to be headed overseas.

Category: Transactions


Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley have been traded from the Lakers to the Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zubac has shown positive signs with the Lakers this season and especially recently. He'll join Montrezl Harrell and newly acquired JaMychal Green in the Clippers frontcourt. Zubac offers some upside and is worth a shot in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Transactions


Svi Mykhailiuk has been traded to the Detroit Pistons for Reggie Bullock. (Source: Brad Turner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 2018 2nd round pick is known for his shooting and has the potential to be a role player for a team in the future. He should be able to get more playing time in Detroit.

Category: Transactions