Lakers News: Latest on Nick Young, Brendan Haywood Trades and More

It looks as if the Los Angeles Lakers are still one year away from serious contention. 

Call it an easy guess this time of year—the team touts high-upside younger players such as Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell, but it sat on the sideline and watched as Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and others looked elsewhere.

As such, general manager Mitch Kupchak's biggest get this offseason might be Lou Williams, per Shams Charania of RealGM.

Still, the Lakers—thus far—have improved. Even better, young players continue to show promise, and the front office continues to put itself in a position to improve. Here's the latest.


Julius Randle Update

A key part of the organization's future, Randle remains perhaps the most important thing to watch this offseason.

Randle played in just one game as a rookie and fractured his leg, putting a premature end to his debut season. With him went much in the way of hope for the team's season.

The Kentucky product isn't one to waste time, though, and it sounds like he is putting on a show in Las Vegas. Mike Trudell of TWC SportsNet says Randle not only looks healthy but improved in certain ways:

It's important Randle continue to improve so he can see the majority of the minutes next season and keep depth players such as Brandon Bass and Tarik Black off the court.

Ditto for his chemistry with the rookie Russell, who figures to soak up the majority of the minutes at the point. Per the Ohio State product, it sounds like things are on the right path:

This is what Lakers fans should want to hear. There may not be a major new free agent in town, but there are two younger players who can morph into something special together.


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