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Once the Lakers were informed they struck out in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, they moved forward and came to an agreement to bring back both Jordan HIll and Nick Young.
Nick Young has agreed to a four-year, $21.5m deal to stay with the Lakers, league source says. Fourth year is player option.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
Free agent forward Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Kevin Bradbury tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Young had a career season last year with the Lakers, leading the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game, which was also a career high. Young really came on after returning from injury and closing out the season, where he averaged 20.8 points per game while shooting 48.1 from the field and an incredibly efficient 45.8 from 3.
Hill’s season was up and down with the Lakers as he struggled with his role in Mike D’Antoni’s system and was in and out of the rotation all season. Hill finished the season with career highs in scoring (9.7), rebounding (7.4), shooting (54.9) and assists (0.8), but when given the chance to start he was very productive. In 32 games as a starter, Hill averaged 13.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and shot 55.2 percent from the field.
There is some dejection after the Lakers inability to acquire a big name in free agency, but in Hill and Young, they get important supporting pieces to continue their rebuild going forward, which are going to be needed whenever they do land their next mega star. Young was signed to an affordable contract that does not take up much space in terms of salary cap space. In Hill’s case, his contract is not guaranteed for the 2nd year, thus, the Lakers can opt to use that 9 million in salary to make salary cap space next season to do this all over again next season and pursue a big name in free agency. For now, both Young and Hill are Los Angeles Lakers and will join Kobe Bryant in the teams attempt to return to respectability in the 2014-15 season.