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.”
February 19, 2017 | 11:02 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento’s been fully engaged in trade talks centered on DeMarcus Cousins with multiple teams on Sunday, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Chris Mannix: Kings have not been seeking equal value in Cousins deal, source tells @The Vertical. Young talent, draft picks, expiring contracts primarily.
Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he’s here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s deadline. Anything that’s been discussed probably has not been attractive enough, plus Anthony can block any deal that is not to Los Angeles, his preferred destination.
The Knicks may go in a different direction at the deadline with expiring contracts of veteran point guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, who mysteriously sat out the last game prior to the break in Oklahoma. Jennings’ contract is moveable at just $5 million.