Lakers News: Nick Young Signing Is Another Savvy Offseason Move by LA

The Los Angeles Lakers may be facing another season of uncertainty, but the moves that GM Mitch Kupchak has made this summer at least provide the storied franchise with a ray of hope for 2013-14. Signing Nick Young was just the latest of Kupchak's sage, cost-effective acquisitions.

The USA Today's Sam Amick confirmed the news through Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein:

Incredibly, Kupchak was able to land Young for the veteran's minimum, according to's Nick Borges (subscription required), which is approximately $1.2 million.

Borges notes that Young, a former University of Southern California standout, has always wanted to play for the Lakers. Marc Stein of ESPN corroborated that anecdote:

At 6'7", Young is a valuable, athletic swingman who is a volume shooter and is an ideal fit in head coach Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced, "Seven Seconds or Less" offense.

Young is easily criticized for questionable shot selection and for not quite living up to his potential as the 16th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. In his defense, though, the 28-year-old hasn't really played for a stable franchise for an extended period of time—nor a team as storied as the Lakers.

The history and tradition of the Lakers, and the fact that Young has always dreamed of playing there may be just the change of scenery he needs to take his game to the next level, even if he's only slated to be a one-year rental player.

Something about LA coming off a rather tumultuous campaign and Young's promising but inconsistent career makes the match strangely appropriate.

If Kupchak didn't see anything promising in him, he wouldn't have reached out to Young. It's a low-risk move, and after all, Young has averaged as many as 17.4 points per game in an NBA season.

In Young's most significant playoff action with the crosstown Clippers in 2012, he w...

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