Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.”
July 27, 2016 | 3:17 pm EDT Update
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard CJ McCollum to a contract extension to bring him under contract through the 2020-21 season, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
“I’m ecstatic to be able to extend my career in Portland and grateful for the trust and the opportunity the organization has provided for me,” said McCollum. “Since I arrived in Oregon I’ve considered it home and look forward to building something special, not only on the court, but in the community as well.”
The Wizards guaranteed $175,000 of Jarell Eddie’s contract to get him to push back the guarantee date on his contract, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, and undrafted rookie Danuel House will pocket $100,000 to attend training camp that begins Sept. 27. Eddie was due to make $980,000 if the Wizards fully guaranteed his deal by July 15 deadline or they had to release him. As CSN reported two weeks ago, both sides agreed to the partial guarantee to get him in training camp and reset the deadline at the start of the regular season. The exact amount agreed upon, however, had been in question.
In the meantime, Kenny Gabriel’s focus has been channeled towards the NBA as well. Actually, he has already received an invitation to take part in the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp, according to Eurohoops’ sources. The NBA champs liked what they saw from the 27-year old player in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with their jersey. Of course, the Cavs didn’t wait for this tournament in order to find out Gabriel’s positive attributes, which he has been steadily developing over the years.