The first move the team made was signing veteran center Chris Kaman. The move was reasonable and a decent option for the Lakers, but the next move took everyone by surprise. The Lakers were able to convince 28-year-old scorer Nick Young to take a considerable pay cut in order to play in Los Angeles once again, but even though it appeared to be a one-year deal, it was actually two with a player option for the second year.
The main goal for the Lakers’ front office heading into the offseason was to limit contracts that will carry over into 2014. With such a talented free agent class led by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers wanted as much cap space as possible to bring in one or two of the superstars that will potentially become available.
With that being said, Young’s deal being two years instead of one was unexpected, but still a wise considering that it’s not a big investment and Young can simply leave after one year.
As of right now, only Young, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are on the books after next season, but the team isn’t done wheeling and dealing with more players likely to be signed this summer.
Lakers Nation News
Metta World Peace Says he will Sign with the New York Knicks [LA Times]
Mike Brown: Lakers’ Firing ‘Did Sting,’ Now Eagerly Runs Cavaliers [LA Times]
Lakers Say Goodbye to Metta World Peace and Hello to Nick Young [LA Times]
Lakers Aren’t a Reasonable Destination for Bucks’ Brandon Jennings [LA Times]
Ding: Lakers Still Waiting for Nash to Create Fun for All [OC Register]
Young Comes to Lakers in Search of ‘Respect’ [OC Register]
Disputed Kobe Memorabilia Items Find a Resting Sports [OC Register]
Douglas-Roberts Talks Kobe, Earning a Spot in NBA [Silver Screen & Roll]
Kobe ‘Three Months Ahead’ of Schedule [Silver Screen & Roll]
Metta Ready for Next Challenge in New York [Silver Screen & Roll]
Chris Douglas-Roberts Talks Summer League, Kobe and Jerseys [Forum Blue & Gold]
NBA News: Mike Miller to be Amnestied by Miami Heat [Sports City]
NBA News: Derrick Rose Says He’s ‘100 Percent’ Will Play First [Sports City]
NBA Rumors: Pistons, Bucks Discussing Brandon Jennings Sign and Trade [Sports City]
NBA Video: Young Rockets Fan Tells Shaq ‘Don’t Disrespect Houston’ [Sports City]
NBA News: Wizards Begin Contract Negotiations with John Wall [Sports City]
The Kings Start Over [SB Nation]
The B-List: Meet the Shabazz [SB Nation]
Fighting Over Rockets fans’ Money [SB Nation]
Ray McCallum’s Play Could Leave Sacramento with Tough Choices [Pro Basketball Talk]
Report: Heat Re-Open Talks with Greg Oden’s Agent [Pro Basketball Talk]
Paul Pierce Says Thanks to Boston with Instagram Photos. Well Done Sir. [Pro Basketball Talk]