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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is officially listed as probable for Thursday's match against the Rockets with bruised ribs.

    Caldwell-Pope hasn't been playing well and the probable tag doesn't give us any added faith in his ability to put up numbers. If they're without him, you can expect Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith to get extra run as the Lakers have plenty of questionable tags for tonight's game.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso is questionable for Thursday's game with neck spasms.

    If Caruso were to sit, you can expect the Lakers to give a look towards J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters as they rest their players with the No. 1 seed locked.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso led the Lakers bench with five dimes to go with three points and three boards on Monday against the Jazz.

    Caruso was solid on defense as he closed out the game. He's the most consistent guard option the Lakers have off the bench, even though Dion Waiters (19 minutes, seven points, 2-for-6 shooting with three assist and two steals) and J.R. Smith (14 minutes, four points on 1-of-3 shooting) might provide a higher ceiling due to their potentially explosive offense. In fantasy lineups, you're better off trusting Caruso on a game-to-game basis due to his dimes, but if you're shooting for a home-run, Waiters is a decent shot for points and triples.

  • JR Smith
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith made his first NBA appearance since November 19, 2018 on Thursday, logging eight scoreless minutes against the Clippers.

    Smith is clearly behind Dion Waiters in the pecking order and doesn't need to be monitored for fantasy purposes. He did show some pop in the Lakers' scrimmage games but he's got a long road to serious minutes.

  • JR Smith
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith ended with 20 points, five rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 25 minutes during Monday's 123-116 scrimmage win over the Wizards.

    Smith caught fire on Monday, going 6-of-7 from the perimeter in just his second game for the Lakers. His playing time also increased, although we need to account for the fact they were without four of their regular rotational pieces. The veteran is unlikely to feature heavily once everyone is back on the floor and he should be viewed as a streaming option at best.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso returned from a one-game absence due to a back contusion on Saturday, picking up three points and two assists in 11 minutes of work.

    The Lakers probably took it easy on Caruso, but the solid play of Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith (in an admittedly small and meaningless sample) could portend trouble for his workload when the real games start. Smith produced six points on 1-of-5 shooting in 20 minutes today while Waiters cooked up 12 points and two 3-pointers in his 20 minutes. If the Lakers do indeed trot out a three-headed guard monster off the bench, it'll prevent any of the trio from holding even late-round value in resumption leagues. Caruso remains the best bet for production give his overall skill set, but Waiters and Smith are putting up a good fight for playing time.

  • JR Smith
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Appearing in his first NBA game since November 19, 2018 on Thursday, J.R. Smith put up six points, a steal and a 3-pointer in 14 minutes off the bench in a scrimmage against the Mavs.

    Even with Avery Bradley out of the picture, if Smith sees significant minutes for the Lakers once the games begin to count it will likely mean that something has gone wrong. He'll offer a nice situational option as a spot-up shooter in certain lineups, but the fantasy appeal is non-existent.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso will not suit up for the team's first scrimmage on Thursday vs. the Mavs due to a back contusion.

    The Lakers are already without Avery Bradley (opt-out) and Rajon Rondo (thumb) in the backcourt so they will dive even deeper into their depth on Thursday. Quinn Cook will likely see significant minutes on Thursday while newcomers Dion Waiters and JR Smith are also in line for some additional run. This seems to be precautionary for Caruso and we should expect him to play meaningful minutes off the bench when the games count for real.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    After undergoing successful surgery to repair a right thumb fracture on Wednesday, Rajon Rondo is expected to return to full basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

    Rondo suffered the injury during practice on Sunday before undergoing surgery later in the week. The 6-8 week timetable means that Rondo will miss the eight-game resumption of the season but could return at some point during the Lakers' playoff run. Alex Caruso will likely be the primary beneficiary while Quinn Cook and newly acquired J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters could also see a few extra minutes. Caruso could be worth a look as a late-round flier in resumption fantasy seasons.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN

  • JR Smith
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are reportedly finalizing a deal with JR Smith.

    Smith will be on the team's Orlando restart roster, taking the place of Avery Bradley. It would be a surprise to see Smith take even a moderate chunk of Bradley's playing time, as Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope do more to provide defensive help and won't need to shake off a year's worth of rust.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    After news broke of Avery Bradley's decision to opt out of the remainder of the NBA season on Tuesday night, the Lakers have once again emerged atop the J.R. Smith "sweepstakes" as they are now in the market for a replacement for Bradley.

    The team will definitely need a replacement for Bradley, even if its only for depth purposes. They don't have much depth at any position, but the guard spots are especially delicate. The Bradley decision is a big one and seeing Smith join forces with LeBron James one last time is a mouthwatering possibility.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers will continue to monitor the open market for another shooter.

    J.R. Smith was named specifically, which isn't a surprise considering he recently worked out for the Lakers — his second reported workout with LA. If the team wants to add another player they'll need to cut someone, but that's a bridge that can be crossed when they get there.

    Source: The Athletic

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    J.R. Smith will work out for the Lakers early this week, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    After waiving Troy Daniels, the Lakers are looking to fill the open roster spot as they will be working out J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters early this week. Nearly 16 months removed from his last NBA action Smith will provide little to no fantasy value.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    J.R Smith is rumored to have a workout scheduled with the Lakers this week according to a report from Heavy.com.

    The free agent guard has been off the radar for a while, and should he actually get this work out it would seem like a case of former teammate LeBron James doing him a solid more than anything. It feels unlikely that he'd make the team, and even less likely that he'd have any fantasy relevance if he did.

    Source: Heavy.com