Tag: Toronto Raptor

Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

Report: With no trade market for him, Lakers to keep Nick Young (for now)


The Lakers shopped Nick Young around. Starting at the draft and through free agency, as they tried to reshape their roster Young was made available to anyone and everyone.

He’s still a Laker, and it’s going to stay that way for a while, reports Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.

Young is the quintessential NBA gunner, a volume shooter who averaged 13.4 points a game last season but shot 36.6 percent to get there. He is out there having fun, is not taking anything too seriously, and that has rubbed Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott the wrong way at times.

Scott said he wants to see Young work on his decision making, off-the-ball movement and off-ball defense this summer. If he does that he can be a core player for the Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak added. But the Lakers have so much faith that is going to happen they went out and signed Lou Williams to play the same role.

Young is only making $5.2 million next season (with two season at that price after it), but coming off a knee injury that cost him half the season last year teams were not going to take the risk. That could change as things move into the season, as teams see how their rosters blend.

But for now, Young is a Laker.

Willie Cauley-Stein with chase down block at Summer League (VIDEO)

Sacramento Kings v Toronto Raptors

This is likely the first of many Willie Cauley-Stein block videos we will end up running at PBT.

Friday at Summer League the Kings took on the Raptors and just before halftime the Kings had a sloppy turnover (welcome to Summer League) and Cauley-Stein chased down Toronto’s Drew Crawford and shut him down. With authority.

Cauley-Stein finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and a couple blocks.

This wasn’t near enough as the Raptors went on to win handily, 90-68, behind 20 points from Norman Powell and 15 from young project Bruno Caboclo.

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers are equipped to make playoffs

Mitch Kupchak, D'Angelo Russell

The Lakers missed the playoffs by 24 games last season.

Since, they’ve added D’Angelo Russell, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass.

Is that enough to make a difference?

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

I suppose the Lakers can hope for better health from Kobe Bryant, but he turns 37 next month and hasn’t played effectively or remained healthy in two years. Banking on more from him is a mistake.

And I don’t think that’s enough, anyway.

Even a healthy Kobe can’t carry a team like he used to, and his supporting cast is lacking. Plus, the Western Conference is ridiculously strong.

Phil Jackson recently lamented he wasn’t getting compared to Kupchak. I suspect that will change.