Nick Young signs deal to stay with Los Angeles Lakers
JUL 21, 5:07p ET | AP
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.
Rotowire: Apr 4 / 1:11p ET
News: Young (knee) will likely miss the rest of the season.
Impact: Coach Byron Scott broke the news Saturday, but with fantasy leagues all but decided and only seven games left on the schedule, Young was unlikely to aid any late-season pushes.