Lakers Rumors: Latest on Drew Gooden, Nick Young and More

The Los Angeles Lakers have reinvented themselves. 

Granted, it's worth mentioning the market helped dictate how the Lakers went about it. Hometown guy DeMar DeRozan re-upped with the Toronto Raptors and Kevin Durant came in the team's general direction, but not to it.

Alas, it's hard to complain about a young core surrounded by solid veteran talent, which is what the Lakers have constructed in the wake of Kobe Bryant's departure. The core might not win a title out of the gates, but it's one able to develop and—unlike Oklahoma City—the Lakers will have the ability to keep their own molded superstars.

For those unsatisfied, the Lakers don't sound done this summer, not if the rumors market has anything to say about it.


Nick Young's Fate 

One of the seemingly most obvious moves of the summer regards Nick Young.

Young is 31 years old and last year saw his role reduced to just 19.1 minutes per game. He posted an average of 7.3 points and shot just 33.9 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from deep.

Add in a cap hit of $5.4 million next year and a player option for the year after, according to Spotrac, and it's not hard to see why rumblings suggest the Lakers are ready to move on.

Take a note by the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan: "Veteran Nick Young has two more years on his contract totaling $11 million, but it will be a surprise if he’s not traded or waived before training camp."

The possible move has made more and more sense as of late. Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram mean fewer minutes for Young, and the former will act as the mentor for the latter. Young can't get out of the headlines and remains a distraction after nearly blowing off his hand on July 4.

And as Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders points out, the Lakers can cut Young alongside other recent moves and clear up major space:


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