The Los Angeles Lakers posted a record of 27-55 in the 2013-2014 season.
The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in free agency just under a year ago and haven’t recovered. They then had several players suffer injuries, including star guard Kobe Bryant and two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash, who both missed a majority of the season. The team even had to sign point guard Kendall Marshall out of the NBA’s Developmental League (to be fair, Marshall exceeded all expectations) because they literally ran out of players to play at the position.
Along the way, the Lakers found a few players who exceeded their expectations. Guard Jodie Meeks had a career year. As did guard Kent Bazemore after he was dealt from the Golden State Warriors to the Lakers in exchange for point guard Steve Blake.
Perhaps no player has as surprising of a season as swingman Nick Young, who averaged a career-high of 17.9 points per game. Young signed a two-year deal last year and had a player option worth $1,227,985 for the 2014-2015 season, but opted out of the contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent.
According to Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have contacted Young.
Lakers also called Nick Young’s reps to express interest in him. Young scored career-high 17.9 points last season, declined $1.2M option
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 1, 2014
The Atlanta Hawks have been identified as a good fit for Young.
Young averaged 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 43.5% from the field, 38.6% from beyond the arc and 82.5% from the free throw line.