The Cavs need defense, and Lakers guard Nick Young has a high opinion of his abilities. Young said back in December that he should be in contention for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
While that honor is debatable, and perhaps laughable to some, Lakers’ coach Byron Scott has maintained Young’s defense has improved.
I’m not so sure the Cavs would be willing to shake up team chemistry by adding Young, because while he may be capable of playing good defense, his history says he won’t do it consistently.
With Young, the Cavs would probalby be getting someone who can help more offensivley, than defensively. His numbers are down this year, but from 2012-2015, Young averaged over 12.o points per game. He’s also been an OK 3-point shooter this season, shooting close to 36 percent from behind the arc.
The Lakers are going to the lottery this summer, and Young doesn’t factor into their future. If the Cavs wanted to take him, the Lakers would probably be willing to oblige. Young is making $5.2 million this year, and will make over $11 million over the final two years of his contract.
If you’ve made it this far, you know the Cavs are deep into the luxury tax. Young may only be making $5.2 million, but to Gilbert, he’d cost around $20 million per season.
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