Nick Young will miss the remaining seven games of the 2014-15 season with his persistent knee injury, Lakers head coach Byron Scott announced today. Young was averaging 13.4 points on 36.6% shooting over an injury plagued 42 game campaign.
This is a disappointing end to a disappointing season for Young, who was coming off a career best season in 2013-14 where he averaged 17.9 points on 43.5% shooting while knocking down 38.6% of his three point attempts (down to 36.9% this season). Young re-signed with his hometown Lakers as a free agent over the summer on a 4-year deal worth $21.5 million.
After tearing his radial collateral ligament (thumb) during the preseason, Young returned after missing the Lakers' first 10 games, but on February 23rd experienced swelling in his right knee that was revealed to be a small fracture and has not played since.
Young has three years remaining on his current deal, and barring any further setbacks should be available for training camp in the Fall.