LA Lakers Trade Rumors: Keeping Nick Young, Eyeing Andre Miller
The Los Angeles Lakers will keep Nick Young after failing to entice other teams. Despite not finding any takers for Young, the Lakers are still planning on making some more moves this offseason and the first one will be centered around Andre Miller.
On the Young Front:
The Lakers were hoping to trade Young after performance dipped dramatically during the 2014-15 season. Even though, Young did not draw much interest, the Lakers will most likely stay on the roster for next season, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
"Lakers forward Nick Young recently met with general manager Mitch Kupchak, according to league sources familiar with the situation.
It is not entirely clear what Young and Kupchak addressed in their meeting. It is typical for Kupchak to meet with players to discuss both professional and private issues. But the conversation at least left Young feeling comfortable enough that he will enter the 2015-16 season on the Lakers' roster, according to a source familiar with his thinking."
Young averaged 13.4 points and shot a career-low of 36.6 percent from the field. He has three years left on his contract. He will most likely come off of the bench as a small forward. General manager Mitch Kupchak stated in a conference call back on July 9 that Young's future with the team will depend on how much work he puts in.
"That's going to be up to Nick," Kupchak said. "He has to convince our coaching staff he can play within the system. That doesn't only mean score the ball. That means defending and doing the little things, which I know he can do. The answer is yes. I do see him being a core player this year."
Eyes on Veteran Miller?
The Lakers are reportedly eyeing Miller, 39, so that he can mentor some of the younger players, particularly this year's draft pick, D'Angelo Russell. Miller, who averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 assists, would also not be too costly to sign.
In the offseason so far, the Lakers have added the 2015 Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, Roy Hibbert, Russell, Anthony Brown and Larry Nance Jr.