Nick Young ‘Ready’ To Replace Avery Bradley On Lakers Roster
Nick Young, Lakers
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to opt-out of returning to finish out the season in the Orlando bubble due to concerns over his son health.

As such, rumors have quickly begun to swirl about potential replacements for Bradley as the Lakers are permitted to sign someone since he has made that decision. The first name to pop up as a likely replacement is veteran guard JR Smith, whom the Lakers previously worked out when considering players to add during the season.

Smith has reportedly been working out with some Lakers players during the hiatus and is obviously familiar with superstar LeBron James. But Smith isn’t the only flashy, outspoken, veteran guard with ties to the Lakers.

Nick Young was not in the league this season, but has been open on social media about wanting to return. Now with an opportunity potentially presenting itself with his former team, Young has made it clear that he is ready to go if the Lakers need him, via ESPN NBA Twitter:

Young brings a lot of the same things to the table that Smith would. Young’s forte is shooting as he is a career 37.6% shooter from three-point range, and he experienced the best seasons of his career with the Lakers. In four seasons with L.A., Young averaged 13.1 points while knocking down 37.7% from deep on nearly six attempts per game.

Additionally, Young has championship experience, helping the Golden State Warriors win a title in 2018, though admittedly not playing nearly the role that Smith did with the Cavaliers in 2016. Regardless, Young is someone who brings shooting and championship experience and will not be afraid of the league’s biggest stage.

If Young is in basketball shape he definitely checks a lot of the boxes that the Lakers are looking for in a potential Bradley replacement. The Lakers are looking to make a championship run in this return and any player the team would bring in would need to be capable of helping in that run. Young is someone who has the potential to play that role and there are certainly far worse options available.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Team Remains Positive Despite Loss to OKC

In the first half of the 2012-13 season, the Lakers seemed to…

LeBron James Invokes 2011 NBA Finals To Warn Lakers Of Complacency

The Los Angeles Lakers are now just three wins away from claiming their first NBA title in 10 years after defeating…

Lakers All-Time First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Teams

The other day on the Lakers Nation forums, there was a topic…

2018 NBA Awards: Kyle Kuzma Loses Best Style Award To Russell Westbrook

At the 2018 NBA Awards, Kyle Kuzma represented the Los Angeles Lakers after being nominated for the ‘Best Style’ award…