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Nick Young signs deal with Lakers

Jul 11, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

Nick Young shirt Getty Images

UPDATE 7:41 pm: The Lakers have confirmed that the deal is done. Here is the statement from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak:

“At 6’7,” Nick’s size, ability to create his own shot and athleticism make him a versatile player who will give our lineup multiple looks on the floor. He’s an exciting player, and we’re excited to have him on our roster.”

5:35 pm: Los Angeles is bringing the 818 to Staples Center.

First out of the San Fernando Valley it was the signing of Taft High’s own Jordan Farmar, returning the popular Laker (and UCLA Bruin) to the Los Angeles team where he started his career.

Now the Lakers have signed Cleveland High’s and USC Trojan Nick Young to a deal, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Marc Stein of ESPN.

This is a league minimum deal (that is all the Lakers could offer). It is likely a one-year contract because the Lakers want to keep their cap space and Young will feel after a good season he could earn more on the open market.

The fact that Young – a pure scorer who averaged 10.6 points a game last season in Philadelphia but shot just 41.3 percent — could only get the league minimum speaks to how the free agent market has changed with the new CBA. Young is the kind of guy who used to get overpaid by some team desperate for scoring, but now he has trouble finding a home.

This is a great landing spot for him and a good value pick up for the Lakers. He will officially be Kobe Bryant’s backup, but if Bryant has to miss the start of the season as he tries to recover from his Achilles tendon, Young will get those starts. Either way the Lakers will back off on Kobe’s minutes and a lot of those will go to Young.

Young is a good but not great spot up shooter (42 percent last season according to Synergy Sports), is strong in isolation (he averaged 1.04 points per possession) and works well off the ball. He defends well in isolation but can struggle with team defense at times.

This is a smart move by the Lakers, who may not be all that good next season but they should be interesting.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Welcome back home! Stop calling yourself Swaggy P though! Dumb nickname.

  2. paleihe - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    As a Cleveland High alum, good to have you back home Nick.

  3. spthegr8 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    He isn’t gonna guard ANYBODY, but Swaggy P can score and gives us some fire power off the bench. Too say we lacked scoring off the bench last year is just a smidge of an understatement!!

  4. dougmanoh - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    He signed with the Clippers, but he will be joining the Lakers. Hmmmmm.

    • logneezy - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      surprised this wasnt the first comment, what you dont look over your articles before you post?

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Listen man there are 2 whole professional basketball teams there are in LA. You can’t possibly expect someone to keep all that information straight.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        There used to be 3. But then the NCAA told USC they couldn’t pay players anymore.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        I would argue the way the Clippers have been run until recently there was still only 2.

  5. spthegr8 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    That shirt Swaggy P has on in that pic above, looks JUST like the Gordon Gartrell shirt that Denise tried to make for Theo on that episode of “The Cosby Show”!!! It is an EYE SORE!!!!

  6. mgavin78 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Is he with the lakers or clips???

    • frank433 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM


  7. money2long - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    this is the type of energy the lakers need. when they had guys like shannon, ariza and farmar..they brought a certain level of umph to the floor. nick young should help.

  8. adm350 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Yeah. Is he a laker or clipper? Doesn’t anyone proof read these articles?

    • p31squared - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Proofread is one word.

  9. cowpiesnotcowboys - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Now they can amnesty Kobe.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      This probably means they’ll almost certainly be amnestying Meta and having Kobe play the 3.

  10. lakerfanforever24 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Good signing, he’ll be competing for 6th man of the year next season.

  11. nycalldayz - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Nice pick up on the cheap for a player like N.Young.

  12. dezglobal - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Dressin like Rick James.

  13. 3 Finger Lenny - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    He sucks

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Yeah, I agree. He does suck.

      • money2long - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        at golf ?

  14. loungefly74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    strengthen the bench.

  15. philadelphiafan - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    As a Sixers fan, I liked having him in Philly last year. He can really light it up but defensively he’s a liability. Definitely a fan favorite any city he goes.

  16. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    NOICE!! I’ll take it!

  17. @Cereal_22 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Sorry Lake show, this guy is terrible & selfish. I’ll be shocked if you make the playoffs this year.

    • @Cereal_22 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Or Clips

  18. ludachrisgsx - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Now that Nick Cannon signed will Mariah be attending all the games? Oh wait… that’s Nick Young. Nevermind.

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