Lakers News: Los Angeles Smart to Re-Sign Nick Young and Ryan Kelly

The Los Angeles Lakers finished the 2013-14 NBA regular season with an abysmal 27-55 record, but the franchise has spent the entire offseason making smart moves like re-signing Nick Young and Ryan Kelly.

Los Angeles announced the deals on its official website Monday.

After watching Pau Gasol leave via free agency and missing out on top free agents like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers are making the necessary moves to bolster the depth and ensure a talented cast around Kobe Bryant.

Here is why Los Angeles was smart to re-sign Young and Kelly.


Why Re-Signing Nick Young Was Smart

Wesley Johnson is a talented young player with plenty of upside, but the only true star at the small forward position on the roster last season was Nick Young.

The 29-year-old Southern California native has flourished with Los Angeles since signing with the team in 2013. He racked up 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in his first season with the Lakers and should do even better with the return of Kobe Bryant.

Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak released a statement, via Dave McMenamin of, regarding the new deal with Young and what he brings to the team:

When Nick became a free agent in June, I expressed hope that we would be able to bring him back on a contract that was in the best interest of both the Lakers and himself, and I am proud to say we were able to do so. Nick was a bright spot for us last season, and we are happy to retain such a skilled player who is committed to being a part of what we are building as a franchise.

Young spent the early years of his career being underutilized by the Washington Wizards before being moved to the Los Angeles Clippers and signing with the Philadelphia 76ers. Most players are looking for stability in their careers, and Young now has that with the Lakers.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers