The Los Angeles Lakers continue to adjust their roster and are now seeking out a trade to dump Nick Young's salary, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers probed teams prior to free agency, hoping to create additional space to make offers to top-tier players, and are now revisiting their options.
Los Angeles has been very active over the last 24 hours. Signing Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million contract may have been the first sign the Lakers are serious about moving on from Young. Nick signed a long-term deal with LA last summer that runs through the '17-18 season at just over $5 million per year.
The Lakers have not finalized their trade for big man Roy Hibbert with the Indiana Pacers, and they could stand as a salary-dump target for Mitch Kupchak. The Dallas Mavericks are also a team engaged in negotiations with the Lakers as they look to acquire Jeremy Lin via a sign-and-trade. Between the three teams the Lakers could find a deal that clears young off of their books.
Other potential trade candidates are Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. Kelly and Sacre could be excessive on a roster that's filling up with frontcourt players at both the four and five. Los Angeles clearly wants to move additional salary to clean up their roster, but how they'll do that remains to be seen. There's also a chance the team walks away with an additional asset, or that they have another potential home to unload salary that's yet to be directly mentioned.
Changes continue to come in LA, which might be for the best following a franchise-worst season.