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Fri. Aug 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nash is currently "100 percent healthy" and is not experiencing any nerve pain, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: Nash is apparently pain free for the first time in a long while, but at his advanced age he's yet to prove his durability over an 82-game season. Nash appeared in 50 games in 2012-13 and only 15 last season. When healthy, he's still one of the most consistent sources of assists, but at 40 years old he's a major risk.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boozer was reported to be pencilled in as the Lakers' small forward in an LA Times report, but other Lakers beat writers have said the report was inaccurate, meaning it was likely just a typo in the story.
Impact: Boozer has never played anywhere other than at power forward and center during his 12-year NBA career, so there was a lot of skepticism when the LA Times report was initially released. While the story has yet to be edited online, there has been confirmation from other Lakers beat writers that the report of Boozer playing small forward this season is inaccurate.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed forward Wesley Johnson to a one-year contract.
Impact: Johnson set career highs when he averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing in a team-high 79 games last season, including 62 starts. The 6-foot-7 Johnson also shot a career-best 42.5 percent from the field in his first season with Los Angeles.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nash confirmed Monday that the 2014-15 season will be his last in the NBA, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "I think this is my last season," Nash said. "But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year."
Impact: The 40-year-old is nearing the end of the line, as he's missed chunks of the last two seasons with recurring back and leg issues. He appeared in only 50 games in 2012-13 and sat out all but 15 contests last season. While he projects as the Lakers' starting point guard next season, the chances he remains healthy for an extended period of time are slim, which should allow recently acquired Jeremy Lin to see plenty of minutes. The Lakers could still waive Nash and exercise the stretch provision, allowing them to stretch his cap number across the next three seasons, though they're unlikely to do so, as parsing out the salary could jeopardize potential cap room in future offseasons.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boozer was thought to be the Lakers' starting power forward this coming season, but apparently will start at small forward, the L.A. Times reports.
Impact: Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Boozer has been penciled in as the team's starting small forward, despite having played his entire career as a power forward and also coming out and saying he is comfortable at center. With the Lakers only just deciding on a new coach, and a plethora of options in the frontcourt, the entire rotation is up in the air. Boozer, playing power forward for the Chicago Bulls last season, averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28 minutes, his lowest totals since his rookie season back in 2002-03.
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: Johnson signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Lakers on Friday, ESPN reports.
Impact: If you weren't paying attention to the Lakers last season, nobody would blame you. But Johnson actually had his best season as a pro, posting career highs in points (9.1), rebounds (4.4), blocks (1.0) and steals (1.1) in 28.4 minutes per game. He only shot 42.5 percent from the field but also shot 36.9 percent from downtown, hitting 1.3 three-pointers per game. It's hard to envision a similar offensive output from Johnson this season, as he'll likely see a decrease in minutes, but if he can manage to flirt with a block and a steal per game again, he'll have value in deeper leagues.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry re-signed with the Lakers 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.
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.
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.
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.