Los Angeles Lakers Player News: All Positions

News: The Lakers have applied for a $1.75 million disabled player exception with Cousins (knee) expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Even after an injury-plagued, inconsistent year in Golden State, Cousins was expected to be a key piece in a shallow Los Angeles frontcourt, but he suffered a torn ACL in a preseason workout back on Aug. 15. If the league grants the Lakers the exception, they'll be able to use half of Cousins' salary ($1.75 million) toward signing another player. At this time, it's unclear who that player might be.
News: An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins (knee) in connection with the misdemeanor domestic violence charge he's facing in Mobile, Ala., ESPN.com reports.
Impact: More specifically, Cousins is being charged with third-degree harassing communications. A former girlfriend, Christy West, is seeking a restraining order against Cousins following a recent argument related to their seven-year-old son. Cousins has thus far declined comment on the matter, while the Lakers and NBA issued statements Tuesday indicating that both parties were investing the allegations. Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles earlier this summer, is expected to miss most -- if not all -- of the 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL in a workout earlier this month.
News: The Lakers acknowledged Tuesday that they're "investigating the allegations" against Cousins, who is accused of threatening the mother of his child, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Details are still emerging after audio surfaced Tuesday of Cousins allegedly making violent threats toward an ex-girlfriend. The Lakers are aware of the situation, but at this time, it's unclear if the allegations will impact Cousins' standing with the team or with the league, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. The 29-year-old suffered a torn ACL earlier this month and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.
News: Howard is expected to sign a "summer contract" with the Lakers, providing him with zero salary protection, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins (knee) for the season, Los Angeles is expected to come to terms with Howard, though they'll protect themselves by signing him to a non-guaranteed deal. According to Marks, the Lakers will pay Howard $14,490 per day starting on Oct. 21, and they're also expected to include an Exhibit 9, meaning the team would only owe the big man $6,000 if he picks up an injury and is waived prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.
News: Kuzma, due to a left ankle injury suffered prior to Saturday's exhibition loss to Australia, will be forced to withdraw from the FIBA World Cup, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: The injury is only considered "soreness", so it doesn't seem like Kuzma is in any danger of missing the start of training camp. Heading into 2019-20, he'll look to continue building on strong rookie and sophomore campaigns.
News: Howard is on the verge of reaching a buyout with the Grizzlies and plans to sign a contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the deal will be non-guaranteed, as the Lakers need Howard to "show he's made changes in how he conducts himself." Lakers players were also reportedly involved in the process.
Impact: Howard shores up the Lakers' center depth following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. Howard appeared in just nine games last season due to a lower-back/glute injury. He played well in 2017-18, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists in 30.4 minutes. That said, it seems unlikely Howard will see that kind of a role during his age 33 season. Assuming Howard's deal ends up guaranteed, he'll be competing for minutes with Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee at center. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James could spent spot minutes at the position as well. Given the nature of the contract, the marriage between the Lakers and Howard could fall apart quickly, but there is certainly fantasy upside for Howard if the relationship ends up being tenable.
News: Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed Thursday that his client suffered a torn ACL to his left knee and could miss the entire 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Shams Charania of The Athletic was first to relay the news of Cousins' latest health setback, citing league sources. Cousins suffered the injury during a workout Monday in Las Vegas, where he "bumped knees" with another player and was forced to leave the court. There is no timeline for Cousins to undergo surgery, but once the procedure is completed, he'll face another extended rehab from his third serious leg injury in the last year and a half. Cousins missed nearly a full calendar year due to a left Achilles tear suffered in January 2018, then tore his quadriceps tendon in the same leg this past April during the playoffs. With Cousins out of the mix for most or all of the upcoming campaign, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee will likely cover nearly all the minutes at center.
News: Cousins sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout earlier this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cousins returned in mid-January from a torn left Achilles' tendon and went on to play 30 regular-season and eight playoff contests for the Warriors, with a torn left quadriceps tendon suffered April 15 keeping him out for 14 postseason contests. While he handled a more limited minutes load than he had before he tore his Achilles, Cousins showed occasional flashes of his prior form, which was enough for him to land a contract with the Lakers this summer. Cousins had been in line to either start at center or handle a prominent role on the second unit, but the torn ACL likely means that the big man will be sidelined for the entire 2019-20 regular season and potentially the postseason, too. Cousins' injury is not only a significant blow to the Lakers, but also his rest-of-career outlook, which had already been on the downturn due to the prior serious injury. Cousins will spend the next several months rehabbing under the supervision of the Lakers' training staff before hitting free agency again next summer, when he'll likely be forced to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal once again.
News: Cousins is undergoing testing Thursday after possibly suffering a knee injury during a workout earlier in the week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The wording is a bit unclear, but Wojnarowski notes that Cousins was working out in Las Vegas on Monday and had to leave the court after he appeared to tweak his knee. If the injury turns out to be anything serious, it would be a crushing blow to a Lakers roster that's extremely top-heavy. Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in July and is considered the favorite to start at center alongside Anthony Davis.
News: Jackson has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The former 45th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Jackson has spent time on three NBA teams -- Boston, Houston and Philadelphia. Last season, he got most of his run with the 76ers' G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 18.9 points on 15.5 shots, 7.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Jackson also appeared in five summer league games this season with the Trail Blazers, where he posted 6.2 points on 5.2 shots, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal in 16.5 minutes. If he fails to make the Lakers' final roster, he'll likely spend most of the upcoming season in the G League.
News: Horton-Tucker (foot) and the Lakers agreed to a contract Saturday, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The terms of Horton-Tucker's deal aren't clear, but the Lakers' decision to sign the second-round pick suggests he'll likely spent his rookie campaign as a member of the 15-man roster or as a two-way player. The 6-foot-4 swingman boasts a seven-foot wingspan that leaves the Lakers optimistic he can develop into a defensive stalwart in time. He was unable to put his skills on display during the Las Vegas Summer League due to a stress reaction in his foot, but he'll likely be at full health or close to it once training camp arrives.
News: Johnson tallied 19 points (-6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-8 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 20 minutes during Friday's 88-87 win over the Warriors in the consolation bracket of the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Johnson is once again vying for an NBA contract . After a few stints with Houston's G-League team, he played overseas in Israel and France for the past two seasons. He has the skills to make the G-League team but he'll need another strong effort as the Lakers continue in the consolation bracket.
News: Caroline supplied 20 points (7-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two rebounds, an assist and a steal across 24 minutes during Friday's 88-87 win over the Warriors in the consolation bracket of the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Caroline's undrafted status was a surprise after dominating the Mountain West conference with Nevada last season. Whether he makes the team or not, the Lakers are getting a multi-faceted player who they can develop in the G-League. He showed his versatility off the bench on Friday, a bright spot in the wake of the Lakers' disappointing free-agency efforts.
News: Caroline recorded 27 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 12-12 FT), five rebounds and one assist over 21 minutes in the Lakers' 88-80 loss to the Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday.
Impact: Caroline bounced back in a big way after scoring just three points in Saturday's loss to the Clippers. He led all scorers in the contest and pulled down five boards in the process. Caroline averaged 17.0 points in his final season with Nevada and is a very capable scorer.
News: The Lakers intend to install James as their starting point guard heading into the 2019-20 season, league sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Impact: James manned point guard in his early years with the Cavaliers and has operated as a de facto top ball handler/point-forward throughout his time in the NBA, so the position won't necessarily be a completely unfamiliar transition for the four-time MVP. That being said, the physical demands of the position -- particularly on the defensive end when he matches up with smaller, quicker point guards -- could prove burdensome for James, who will turn 35 in December and played a career-low 55 games in 2018-19 due to a groin injury. James has since made a full recovery and will enter training camp with no restrictions as he looks to establish rapport with a retooled roster that now includes a pair of multi-time All-Stars in the frontcourt in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. James' move from forward to point guard should also open up spots in the starting five for Kyle Kuzma and newcomer Danny Green on the wing, while the newly re-signed Rajon Rondo settles into a backup role. Assuming James ends up seeing a significant spike in minutes at point guard for the duration of the upcoming campaign, he could have a legitimate chance at surpassing the career-high 9.1 assists per game he averaged during his final season with Cleveland in 2017-18.
News: Bradley plans to sign a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Lakers upon clearing waivers Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: It's been a rough couple of seasons for Bradley, who has been plagued by injuries and seen time with four teams in the last two years. He did, however, have an impressive bounce-back stint with the Grizzlies to end last season, averaging 16.1 points and shooting 38.4 percent from behind the arc in 14 games with the team. Bradley was waived by the Grizzlies just a few days ago, and now, at the very least, he helps the Lakers address the need of perimeter defense, as Bradley has been an elite on-ball defender since joining the league. If he can continue to stay healthy shoot the ball with decent accuracy, Bradley could end up being a quality contributor off the bench for Los Angeles.
News: Cacok registered 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, an assist and a steal across 20 minutes in Saturday's 93-87 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: The undrafted UNC-Wilmington product followed up an excellent effort off the bench with another stuffed stat line in 20 minutes on Saturday. The recent addition of DeMarcus Cousins, along with the acquisition of Anthony Davis should lock Cacok out of immediate consideration from the squad, especially when you factor in JaVale McGee's return to the team. HIs Exhibit 10 deal will likely lead to a stint in the G-League.
News: Carolina posted three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 FT, a rebound, an assist and a steal across nine minutes in Saturday's 93-87 loss to the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Although Caroline was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Lakers inked a deal with Caroline in hopes that the Nevada product can take his dominant play in the Mountain West Conference to the next level. Caroline spent the majority of his senior year atop the NCAA rankings in rebounds and total scoring and helped lead the Wolf Pack to another berth in the NCAA Tournament.
News: Norvell is out for Saturday's summer league game against the Clippers due to an SI joint contusion, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Norvell has also played four games in five nights, so it's not surprising to see him get Saturday off. His next chance to take the court arrives Monday.
News: Caruso has agreed to re-sign with the Lakers on a two-year, $5.5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Caruso got some run with the Lakers late last season, averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 21.2 minutes. He's expected to compete for backup point guard minutes with Quinn Cook.
News: Rondo agreed Saturday to re-sign with the Lakers on a two-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Injuries limited the veteran to just 46 games (29 starts) with the Lakers last season, during which he averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.8 minutes. Though the Lakers added another free-agent point guard in Quinn Cook earlier Saturday, Rondo profiles as the leading candidate to handle top-unit duties. He could see his playing time and usage plummet, however, with the Lakers bringing in superstar Anthony Davis earlier this offseason to team up with LeBron James.
News: Cousins agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Set to play his first full season since suffering a torn Achilles in January 2018, Cousins should slot in as the starting center with the Lakers, despite the team re-signing their top option at the position from 2018-19 (JaVale McGee) earlier in the day. In his lone season with Golden State, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a combined 2.8 blocks and steals across 25.7 minutes per game. A similar workload may be in store for Cousins with both Anthony Davis -- the projected starting power forward -- and McGee on hand to fill minutes at center.
News: Cook agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a two-year, $6 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Cook became an unrestricted free agent after Golden State rescinded their qualifying offer Wednesday. The 26-year-old was a key reserve in 2018-19, appearing in 74 contests and averaging 6.9 points, 2. rebounds and 1.6 assists in 14.3 minutes. On a Lakers squad lacking in quality depth at point guard, Cook should have a strong opportunity to see the largest share of playing time of his career.
News: Caldwell-Pope is expected to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers in the coming days, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: After the Lakers struck out in their recruitment of Kawhi Leonard, who agreed to join the rival Clippers, general manager Rob Pelinka turned his attention to a trio of middle-tier free agents to fill out the roster. Along with Caldwell-Pope, center JaVale McGee agreed to re-sign with Los Angeles on a two-year deal, while Danny Green inked a two-year, $30 million pact with the Lakers. Los Angeles is likely penciling in Green as its starting shooting guard, putting Caldwell-Pope in line for backup duty at both wings spots. Unless injuries intervene and allow him to assume a starting role on a full-time basis, Caldwell-Pope doesn't project to see much of an increase -- if at all -- in the 24.8 minutes per game he averaged in 2018-19. That level of playing time was Caldwell-Pope's least since 2013-14, when he was a rookie with Detroit.
News: McGee agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a two-year, $8.2 million contract that includes a player option for 2021-22, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: According to Shelburne, McGee is expected to remain the Lakers' starting center after re-upping with the team, suggesting that offseason acquisition Anthony Davis will likely shift over to power forward. Even if the Lakers follow through with that plan, McGee will be hard-pressed to repeat the career-best season he delivered in 2018-19, when he averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game while shooting 62.4 percent from the floor. Davis' ability to slide over to center could keep McGee's minutes lower during games in which his skill set doesn't match up favorably with the opposition.
News: Cacok finished with 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 22 minutes during the Lakers' 96-76 loss to the Bulls in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie already started making a solid impression during California Classic League play prior to arriving in Las Vegas, posting a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double versus the Kings in one contest. Friday's line was yet another feather in his summer-league cap following a strong college career at UNC Wilmington, and he'll look to continue proving what he's capable of in forthcoming games.
News: Mathias managed 10 points (3-12 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 29 minutes during the Lakers' 96-76 loss to the Bulls in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: Mathias was far from efficient with his shot, but the trio of long-distance buckets and a strong night on the boards helped make it a solid final line. The second-year pro played last season for Divina Seguros Joventut in Spain, averaging 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds across 20.3 minutes in 12 games. He'll look to put together a strong enough showing in Las Vegas to receive a training camp invite with a Lakers squad that may find itself relying on a number of inexpensive and unproven players to fill out its roster.
News: Norvell posted 15 points (4-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, one rebound and one steal across 28 minutes during the Lakers' 96-76 loss to the Bulls in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: Norvell had already been making a mark prior to arriving in Las Vegas, most recently draining a game-winning three-pointer Wednesday against the Kings in a California Classic League game after tallying 20 points a night prior. He got Las Vegas play off to a similarly strong start, with his scoring haul pacing the Lakers in a losing effort. The undrafted rookie from Gonzaga would normally have an uphill battle to a roster spot, but this year's squad may actually rely on more unproven, inexpensive players than usual due to the large amount of salary expected to be devoted to a handful of stars.
News: Horton-Tucker (foot) has been ruled out for the Lakers' entire Las Vegas Summer League slate.
Impact: Horton-Tucker, a second-round pick out of Iowa State, is recovering from a stress reaction in his right foot. The severity of the setback isn't fully known, so the Lakers may just be playing it safe with the rookie during exhibition play. The Lakers should provide an update on Horton-Tucker's condition once training camp gets underway.
News: Young will sit out Wednesday's summer league game against the Kings, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: The veteran will get the day off before the team travels to Vegas for Friday's game against the Bulls.
News: Dudley agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Lakers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The soon-to-be 34-year-old Dudley was a consistent part of Brooklyn's rotation last season. He started 25 of his 59 appearances, averaging 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.7 minutes. In Dudley, the Lakers have found a veteran presence and a solid three-point threat. It's unlikely he sees much more action than he did last season.
News: Daniels and the Lakers agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's not the splash Lakers fans have been waiting for, but Daniels is a nice, low-cost addition to a roster in desperate need of three-point shooting. Daniels shot 38 percent from beyond the arc in Phoenix last season.
News: Horton-Tucker will not play during the Lakers' first three summer league games due to a stress reaction in his foot, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
Impact: The Lakers were reportedly aware of the rookie's injury when he was drafted 46th overall. While he won't play during the California Classic, it's possible he recovers in time for Las Vegas Summer League.
News: Bonga, along with Mo Wagner and Jemerrio Jones, was traded to the Wizards on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Lakers made the move in an effort to clear up more cap space, and the Wizards are willing to bring on some young talent. As a rookie last season, Bonga played 120 minutes and totaled 19 points, 25 rebounds, 15 assists, nine steals and four blocks. He figures to continue having a small role on his new team.
News: Wagner, along with Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones, was traded to the Wizards on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In order to clear more cap space, the Lakers traded what little money they had left on the books to Washington. As a rookie, Wagner appeared in only 43 games, averaging 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds across 10.4 minutes. He could see more run with the Wizards, especially if Bobby Portis and/or Jabari Parker sign elsewhere.
News: Williams was extended a qualifying offer by the Lakers on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports. If Williams accepts the qualifying offer, he becomes a two-way player.
Impact: Williams saw spot run for the Lakers last season, appearing in 24 games and seeing 15.5 minutes per night. It's unlikely he'll see enough of a role increase to become fantasy relevant.
News: Caruso was extended a qualifying offer by the Lakers on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Caruso appeared in 25 games with the Lakers last season. He saw 21.2 minutes per game, averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal. It's possible he occupies a backup point guard role for Los Angeles next season.
News: Caroline has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers, Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll reports.
Impact: Caroline, who was selected to the 2018-19 All-MWC team, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season with Nevada, he averaged 17.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 35.5 minutes.
News: Cacok signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Lakers on Friday, Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Cacok didn't hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season at UNC Wilmington, he was voted to the All-CAA team and the All-CAA Defensive team with averages of 15.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and a combined 1.6 steals/blocks per contest.
News: Holman has agreed to a contract with the Lakers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Holman went unselected during the 2019 NBA Draft, but has garnered interest from the Lakers' front office. Holman played four years as Mississippi State, averaging 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist across 22.0 minutes during Conference play while shooting 42.9 percent from three overall.
News: Norvell signed a two-way contract with the Lakers on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After two solid years at Gonzaga, Norvell left school earlier than expected and will remain out west under his two-way deal. Norvell is a shooting guard with decent size and shot 37 percent from behind the arc in each of his season's at Gonzaga. Under his two-way contract, he'll be allowed to spend up to 45 days with the Lakers during the regular season.
News: The Lakers selected Horton-Tucker with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: The Lakers swung a deal with Orlando to move up and grab Horton-Tucker, a rangy guard out of Iowa State. Horton-Tucker stands 6-4, but he has a wingspan of more than seven-feet, which should bode well for his defensive potential at the next level. The Chicago native averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals as a freshman at Iowa State.