Los Angeles Lakers sign Nick Young

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward/guard Nick Young, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

“At 6’7,” Nick’s size, ability to create his own shot and athleticism make him a versatile player who will give our lineup multiple looks on the floor,” said Kupchak.  “He’s an exciting player, and we’re excited to have him on our roster.”

A six-year NBA veteran, Young has appeared in 416 career games (122 starts), averaging 11.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.1 minutes while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, 37.4 percent from behind the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line as a member of the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Young, who averaged a career-best 17.4 points during the 2010-11 season including a career-high 43-point game against the Sacramento Kings (1/11/11), was originally selected by the Wizards with the 16th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

An early entry candidate for the NBA Draft following his junior season at USC, Young earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and junior seasons with the Trojans.  Prior to enrolling at USC, the Los Angeles native attended Cleveland High in Reseda, CA where he became a top national recruit after averaging 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior.

Most recently, Young appeared in 59 games (17 starts) for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, averaging 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.9 minutes.