Nick Young signs deal to stay with Los Angeles Lakers
JUL 21, 5:07p ET | AP
Rotowire: Jul 27 / 6:56a ET
News: Young (knee) has spent the summer working on his shooting, ball handling, and off-the-ball defense, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Young missed the final 27 games last season due to left knee surgery, and recently, he was spotted hitting a game-winning shot in the Drew League. Young enters next season in competition with Lou Williams for reserve minutes, unless coach Bryon Scott decides to start Young next to Kobe Bryant on the wing. The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a rumored trade candidate, and he's rarely meshed with coach Scott. Even if Young were to improve upon his career-low 37 percent shooting from last season, his only positive fantasy categories are three-pointers and free-throw percentage.
Rotowire: Jun 3 / 11:01a ET
News: Young suffered a fracture in his left kneecap and was only able to play in 42 games during the 2014-2015 season, missing all of March and April. In his shortened campaign, Young averaged 13.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.5 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game.
Impact: Young enters the offseason coming off a disappointing year in which he was sidelined for almost half of the Lakers' games. After a promising 2013-14 season with the Lakers, Swaggy P's scoring declined by 4.5 points per game along with five minutes less playing time this season. A drop in shooting percentage and defensive effort can explain the reduction in minutes. Coach Byron Scott has made it clear that Young must work hard to not only recover from his knee injury, but also improve several aspects of his game in order to compete for minutes next season. If Young is up to the challenge and able to remain focused while dealing with his celebrity lifestyle, he could retain some fantasy value heading into next season and get back to being one of the league's better bench scorers. However, there is also the possibility he'll play a diminished role and have a serious decline in production. Also, with the emergence of players like Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers might try to move Young this offseason. At this point, Young looks destined to play a limited role for the Lakers next season, and it'd likely take a litany of injuries for him to earn a big enough role to be used in most standard leagues.