MONDAY, 8:11am: The Lakers are exploring trades for Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly in addition to Young, report Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports colleague Marc J. Spears, who raise the possibility that either Sacre, Kelly or both end up in the Hibbert deal. They don’t mention Young in the context of that trade agreement with Indiana, however.
Kelly, due more than $1.724MM, and Sacre, due a minimum salary of more than $981K, are entering the final year of their respective contracts. Young makes more than $5.219MM this coming season in year two of a four-year deal.
SUNDAY, 6:53pm: With all the moves the Lakers are set to make, there’s a need to clear some cap space and, as a result, Nick Young is a strong candidate to be dealt, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).
The Lakers are set to acquire Roy Hibbert, sign Lou Williams and sign Brandon Bass. With Williams, who led or tied for the Raptors’ lead in scoring in 18 games, which was second-most for a reserve in the league, on board, Young is expendable. In a separate tweet, Wojnarowski reports, citing league sources, that the Lakers could include a player to Indiana in the Hibbert trade.
Even before the flurry of moves, there was talk of the Lakers unloading Young. It was reported in April that the Lakers planned to shop Young this summer after a subpar season and conflict with coach Byron Scott. Young, 30, slumped to a career-worst 36.6% field goal percentage, and his 13.4 points per game were well off the prior season’s 17.9 PPG mark.