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Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Young has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Impact: General manager Mitch Kupchak on Monday described Young as a ''bright spot'' during last year's losing season. He says he's glad to keep someone committed to the rebuilding of the team. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench. He started nine of 64 games. Young led the NBA in four-point plays with seven, a team record.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly re-signed with the Lakers on Monday, Sportando reports.
Impact: Kelly will return to the Lakers on a two-year deal after appearing in 59 games as a rookie. The Duke product was a relative surprise, making 25 starts and averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22.2 minutes. With the Lakers' roster once again in flux heading into next season, it's tough to project where he fits into the rotation, but it would likely take multiple injuries for Kelly to return to a starting role.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.
Impact: Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry re-signed with the Lakesr for one year and $1 million, Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: Henry battled through injuries last season to play in 43 games and average 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists - all career highs. The 23-year-old is an excellent athlete and showed flashes of an improved perimeter game, as he shot 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. Henry figures to slot in as the third shooting guard behind Kobe Bryant and Nick Young, but he'll likely see plenty of minutes at small forward as well.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. ESPN.com reported that the bid was $3.25 million.
Impact: Boozer, a two-time All-Star, averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls. His playing time diminished in recent seasons with the emergence of Taj Gibson, and the Bulls needed to clear his salary to sign Pau Gasol and European star Nikola Mirotic.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boozer is headed to the Lakers, after the organization submitted the winning bid for his services, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Due to copious amounts of cap space and only having 11 players under contract, the Lakers were poised to be in the running for Boozer's services, especially with a win-now attitude during Kobe Bryant's final NBA campaigns. Boozer remains a serviceable post threat and rebounder, after averaging 13.7 points (on 45.6 percent shooting) and 8.3 boards in 28 minutes last season. Expect him to hold down one of the starting spots in the Lakers' frontcourt, whether it's next to rookie power forward Julius Randle or veteran big man Jordan Hill.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | STATS
News: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Ed Davis has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Impact: Davis has played for Toronto and Memphis in his four-year NBA career. He was the 13th overall pick in 2010 and showed flashes of real potential early on with the Raptors. But after being traded to the Grizzlies as part of the deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, Davis struggled to get consistent minutes on a team with a loaded frontcourt.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Lakers on Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: The contract includes a player option for the second season, so even if he doesn't pick up significant playing time, Davis will likely be a Laker through the 2015-16 campaign. Expect the 6-10, 227 forward to fill much the same role that he played in Memphis the past season and a half, during which he averaged 5.5 points (on 52.9 percent shooting), 4.2 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 15.2 minutes.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls have used the amnesty clause to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team.
Impact: Boozer came to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. He had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million. The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax. Boozer is still owed the money.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boozer was informed by the Bulls on Tuesday that the team will use their amnesty provision to waive him, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: This move had been long rumored but unconfirmed until now. By amnestying Boozer, it removes his expiring $16.8 million salary from the Bulls' salary cap and luxury tax figures, paving the way for the team to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. Any team with at least $1.448 million in cap room is now free to bid for his services.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Lin has joined the Lakers in a trade with Houston along with first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to center Sergei Lishchuk. The Lakers made the deal official Sunday.
Impact: Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have cap room to absorb Lin's contract. Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists last season but lost his starting job. The Harvard player was born in Los Angeles and figures to be popular with the city's large Asian community.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston Rockets failed to land coveted forward Chris Bosh in free agency.
Impact: Two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that the Rockets still plan to execute the trade that will send the point guard to Los Angeles for cash considerations. The people requested anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lin was traded to the Lakers on Friday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Lin was traded along with a future first round pick to the Lakers. He played behind Patrick Beverley last season in Houston and his fantasy value suffered as a result. The former Rocket will now compete with Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall for playing time at point in Los Angeles. Early premonitions would likely have Lin having a better fantasy season than he did last year, even if Nash ends up starting over the newest member of the Lakers.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hill has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers for $18 million, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Hill finished last season with some of the best averages of his five-year career (9.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.9 blocks). The frontcourt for the Lakers seemed like a carousel at times last season, but Hill was able to be one of the better options when it was all said and done. Things are still up in the air with the Lakers' roster and Hill's fantasy value currently hinges on whether or not Pau Gasol will return to Los Angeles.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young decided to remain with the Lakers on Friday by means of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million with a player option on the final year, the NBA's Official Site reports.
Impact: Young will join new teammate Jeremy Lin on a meek-looking Lakers team. The Los Angeles squad is still in flux, but Young looks like he's in good shape to get significant time on the court this upcoming season. Last year he averaged 28.3 minutes per game and seems poised to match that in 2014-15.