NBA Rumors: Nick Young Is Not What the Los Angeles Lakers Need

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot in front of Nick Young #1 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at the Verizon Center on March 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have to address their current roster if they want to find success next season. What they have in place right now clearly does not work, as evidenced by their 4-1 series defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs.

One option that may be on the table for the Lakers is Nick Young, who is currently set to become a free agent this summer.

Young was acquired by the Clippers at the trade deadline from Washington but only started in three games and averaged just 9.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG and 0.5 APG. He did not play much defense. It’s not likely the organization will pursue the possibility of re-signing him.

Chris Palmer of ESPN is reporting that the volume-shooting 2-guard is now on the Lakers radar and the team is exploring the possibility of adding him for what has to be depth purposes behind Kobe Bryant.

The last thing LA needs is another guy to come on the floor who does nothing but jack up bad shots when the Black Mamba comes out for a rest.

Kobe can get away with taking ridiculous, ill-advised shots because he has a gift for making them. He’s proven time and time again that he’s one of the best players to ever step on a basketball court.

Young, at his finest, is a mediocre guard who can get on a hot streak and make buckets from anywhere on the floor for small stretches. Unfortunately, he’ll shoot without a conscience even when he is ice cold.

LA needs more consistent players who would work well with Bryant. Versatile big men (like Lamar Odom in his prime) and clutch three-point shooting guards to fill Derek Fisher’s shoes are what the team should be looking for. The absence of both of those players came back to haunt the Lakers in the postseason.

Nick Young would be a nice addition if he came cheap, but it’s likely that his contract will be too pricey for Los Angeles, and it would force them to miss out on guys who better fit the system and current roster.