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.
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.
Should Lakers Pursue Nick Young?
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.