As the Lakers looked to add talent to round out the roster in the wake of Dwight Howard leaving for the Rockets, much was made of the fact that the team was only looking to sign players to one-year deals.
The reason, of course, is the salary cap.
While the Lakers still have some talent in place, no one expects them to be able to compete for a championship next season. In the season that follows, the Lakers have only the contracts of Steve Nash and Robert Sacre on the books for under $11 million, which gives them the cap space necessary to rebuild the roster through free agency.
L.A. signed Chris Kaman and Wes Johnson to one-year contracts, and was thought to have done the same with Nick Young, which would have been in line with the team’s cap management strategy for 2014. But Young was apparently able to squeeze an extra year out of the Lakers, at least potentially.
The guard/forward’s contract, signed Thursday, is a two-year, $2.3-million deal at the veteran’s minimum with a player option in the second season.
Initially reported as a one-year deal, Young will earn $1,106,942 for the 2013/14 season and $1,227,985 if he decides to stay a second.
A Lakers’ spokesman confirmed that Young’s deal is for two years. Guard/forward Wesley Johnson, signed Monday for $916,099, has a one-season contract.
If Young has a breakout season in Los Angeles, he’d in all likelihood forego that second contract year in favor of a bigger, multi-year deal elsewhere.
If he’s the same player we’ve seen throughout much of his six NBA seasons, however, taking a high volume of questionable shots that only hit at a relatively low percentage, then he might just stick around in Los Angeles for the full two years.