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

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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.