Lakers Introduce New Additions Kaman, Young
Chris Kaman signed his contract Friday with the Lakers for the 2013-14 season.
“We’re pleased to be able to add a big man of Chris’ caliber to the roster,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “He’s a versatile center who defends well, goes hard to the glass and can score both in the paint and from mid-range.”
Kaman, 31, will earn $3.2 million next season with the Lakers. The veteran center will join the Lakers’ frontcourt with Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre. Second-round pick (48th) Ryan Kelly has yet to sign with the team.
And another new Laker, forward Nick Young, said Friday: “It’s a dream come true.”
The 6-foot-7 former USC star played for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, averaging 10.6 points a game on 41.3% shooting from the field and 35.7% from three-point range.
Young, 28, also played for the Clippers in 2012, helping the team advance past the Memphis Grizzlies in a hard-fought seven-game series.
“We think there’s a lot of playing time here for him, if he works hard,” Kupchak told reporters Friday. “We see him playing at the small forward position.”