Lakers News: Breaking Down What Chris Kaman and Nick Young Will Bring to LA

The Los Angeles Lakers came up short in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. Instead of sulking, general manager Mitch Kupchak shifted his focus to other options and deserves credit for a couple under-the-radar signings.

First, the Lakers signed Nick Young, per the Lakers' official website. The 28-year-old swingman has shown flashes of becoming a high-impact player throughout his career and could shine playing alongside a more talented supporting cast in Los Angeles.

"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," said Kupchak. "He’s an exciting player, and we’re excited to have him on our roster."

Then, knowing there was a void to fill in the middle without Howard, the Lakers reached an agreement with Chris Kaman, again per the Lakers' site. The veteran center should provide some much-needed stability in the post.

"We’re pleased to be able to add a big man of Chris’ caliber to the roster for the upcoming season," said Kupchak. "He’s a versatile center who defends well, goes hard to the glass and can score both in the paint and from mid-range while also being a high character guy and solid locker room presence."

Even though neither of the signings generated much hype outside of Los Angeles, both Young and Kaman have the ability to play significant roles for the Lakers next season.

Young is just three seasons removed from averaging 17 points per game for the Washington Wizards. He maintained that pace early in the next campaign before getting moved to the Los Angeles Clippers. His playing time has dipped ever since.

Moving to the Lakers should provide him with an opportunity to get back on track with more chances to see the floor. One of the biggest problems the team faced last season was a lack of secondary scoring behind Kobe Bryant.


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