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Lakers Sign Nick Young

(US Presswire/Mark L. Baer)

(US Presswire/Mark L. Baer)

By Kevin R. Linares

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed shooting guard Nick Young. There were earlier reports that the Lakers and Young had mutual interest but it was not clear if he would take the veterans minimum contract if there were other lucrative offers to him but he has now decided on the Lakers. His agent Mark Bartelstein said it was always a dream of Young to become a Laker.

The Lakers are full of guards now and Young is one that can play at small forward with his size if needed. Young will be a great addition bringing in youth and athleticism to a team that really needs it. The former USC Trojan was drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2007 and has played for the Los Angeles Clippers and most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season with the 76ers Young averaged 10.6 points per game and has a career average of  11.3 points per game. He is known to be a weapon offensively but has needed a lot of work on his defensive game.

Young will be the second player and second former Clipper that the purple and gold will bring in after signing center Chris Kaman to a one year deal with their mini mid-level exception. The Lakers still intend to sign point guard Jordan Farmar but are still negotiating a buyout with his team Anadolu Efes from the Turkish Basketball League.

There has still been no final decision made on the Lakers using their amnesty clause on Metta World Peace who has been linked to the New York Knicks if he were to be amnestied. Another free agent the team was reportedly targeting is former Laker Lamar Odom but chatter on that possibly happening has died down. Although he has not played the same since being traded by the Lakers to the Mavericks in the aftermath of the vetoed trade for Chris Paul he would be a great pick up for the team because of his ability to play more than one position.

An interesting perspective of these last three moves by the Lakers is that Dwight Howard left the team and money on the table for the Houston Rockets. Kaman, Farmar and Young have all chosen to come play for the Lakers with them having the possibility to make more money elsewhere.

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Jodie Meeks Contract Option

(Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)

(Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)

By Kevin R. Linares

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to exercise the contract option on Jodie Meeks. Meeks played a total of 78 games and was in the starting line up 10 times in the 2012-2013 season. He averaged 7.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Meeks was signed as a free agent after playing for the Philadelphia 76ers for 2 years for about $3 million with the 2nd year being a team option. Meeks is known as a great perimeter shooter and is a main reason why the Lakers had interest in him. Although Meeks struggled throughout the season picking up his option was the decision the Lakers should have made due to their limited abilities to spend in free agency with the luxury tax.

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