Nuggets waive veteran guard Nick Young
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have waived veteran guard Nick Young with several players starting to return to health.
The team announced the move Sunday on its Twitter account.
Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran guard Nick Young
DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA.
Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and Washington over his 11-year career. Young was the 16th overall pick by the Wizards in 2007.
NBA player arrested during Los Angeles traffic stop
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say NBA free agent Nick Young was arrested in Hollywood during a late-night stop for a routine traffic violation.
Officer Mike Lopez, a department spokesman, says Young was arrested Friday for delaying an investigation, a misdemeanor.
Lopez says Young didn't obey the officers, became upset and caused a delay.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the parade for the Golden State Warriors (all times local):
Golden State Warriors players got off their buses to sign autographs and high-five fans and even posed for photographs holding brooms during their championship parade in Oakland.
JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Jordan Bell ran along the barriers holding the crowd back and mingled with fans and even hugged some of them.
Klay Thompson plays through pain in Game 2 win for Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green saw Klay Thompson limping on his tender left ankle a day before Game 2 of the NBA Finals and quickly texted Nick Young to tell him the Golden State Warriors would need big minutes from the backup.
But Golden State's most durable player and understated star once again managed to play through the pain and scored 20 points to help the Warriors beat Cleveland 122-103 to take a 2-0 series lead Sunday night.
Warriors don’t have enough down stretch, lose to Pacers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson and the rest of Golden State's injured All-Stars are eagerly awaiting their chance to get back on the court. For now, they appreciate how hard the backups are playing to try to keep things going — even on nights when overmatched.
The banged-up Warriors again lacked the firepower to finish off an opponent, and Victor Oladipo scored 24 points in the Indiana Pacers' 92-81 victory over the defending champions Tuesday night.
Cook, Green lead depleted Warriors past Suns 124-109
PHOENIX (AP) — Even with Golden State's Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson on the sidelines, the Phoenix Suns couldn't beat the Warriors.
Quinn Cook did his best Curry imitation, scoring 16 of his career-high 28 points in a dominant third quarter, and the severely depleted Warriors handed the Suns their eighth straight loss and 23rd in 25 games, 124-109 on Saturday night.
Warriors beat Lakers 117-106 despite missing 3 All-Stars
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-106 on Wednesday night while missing Stephen Curry on his 30th birthday and their two other All-Stars.
STANFORD, Calif. — Jordan Bell is adjusting to life with the NBA’s dream team.
With All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green leading the way, defending champion Golden State has the best record in the NBA at 41-12. Add in characters like Nick Young and JaVale McGee, and the Warriors are the league’s traveling circus.
Nick Young eager to help champion Warriors in any role
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nick Young passed up a shot, and then another, uncharacteristic of the charismatic guard with a sweet stroke.
That's when he heard from Andre Iguodala. And Steve Kerr.
Just shoot it.
Regardless of how large his role or his number of minutes on the loaded NBA champions, the Warriors want Young looking to score whenever he sees a chance he likes.
AP source: Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
Caldwell-Pope was among the top talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick from Georgia averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.
AP Source: Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn't been announced.
Guard Nick Young agrees to $5.2M, 1-year deal with Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Veteran guard Nick Young is getting a new start with Golden State, agreeing to a $5.2 million, one-year contract Wednesday with the champion Warriors.
Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal in a message to The Associated Press. Warriors general manager Bob Myers also said the team would finalize a contract with Young once the free agency moratorium period concludes Thursday.
After Pelicans lock down Holiday, focus turns to Cousins
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday has joined All-Star Anthony Davis in making a long-term commitment to the New Orleans Pelicans. If all goes as the Pelicans plan, DeMarcus Cousins ultimately will follow suit.
At the very least, the small-market Pelicans are now in position to play one full season with their own version of a "big three."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Young will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday.
Young has spent four tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds over 220 games.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Milwaukee's Greg Monroe and the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young for their roles in an altercation during a game.
Monroe was penalized $35,000 for shoving Young above the shoulders, the league announced Sunday. Young was fined $25,000 for initiating the altercation by shoving Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, and the league said Russell entered the altercation and pushed Monroe, docking him $15,000.
Bucks hold off Lakers 107-103 after 3 ejections for shoves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul to Nick Young, who shoved back. Greg Monroe then staggered Young with another shove, which got D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram involved — along with a Milwaukee Bucks security guard.
The third-quarter fracas ended with three ejections, and it left Los Angeles coach Luke Walton furious.
The drama also motivated the Lakers to make a surge, but the Bucks held on for a bumpy victory in their increasingly smooth playoff push.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guards Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell and Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe have been ejected after a shoving fracas in the third quarter.
The brouhaha started when Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul to Young with 36 seconds left in the quarter Thursday night.
Young shoved Brogdon, and Monroe quickly shoved Young. Russell and Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram then both engaged with Monroe while every player on the court joined the fray.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony miss All-Star media day
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cleveland's LeBron James and New York's Carmelo Anthony did not attend NBA All-Star media day events on Friday.
The NBA said James had a family matter to deal with, and that he would be in New Orleans with his Eastern Conference teammates for practice on Saturday. Anthony was permitted to miss the media session because he was not added to the All-Star roster until Wednesday and had some logistical issues to deal with.
Lakers survive late Bucks rally to win 122-114
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Still bothered by his team's lackluster play at the end of its last lengthy road trip in December, Luke Walton challenged his Los Angeles Lakers players to put out a better effort against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Walton came away satisfied as the Lakers concluded a five-game road trip with a 122-114 win Friday night.
Williams scores 22, Lakers rout Knicks to stop road skid
NEW YORK (AP) — This one was over early, and there was plenty of praise to go around for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lou Williams had 22 points and Nick Young added 17 to lead seven scorers in double figures as the Lakers handed the New York Knicks an embarrassing 121-107 defeat Monday night to stop a 12-game losing streak on the road.
Aaron Gordon headlines the field for All-Star dunk contest
Aaron Gordon has unfinished business in the All-Star dunk contest.
The skywalking Orlando Magic forward is one of the four selections for this year's contest, to be held on Feb. 18 in New Orleans on All-Star Saturday night.
DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III of Indiana and Derrick Jones Jr. of Phoenix will also be in the dunk contest.
Lakers hold off Nuggets 120-116 to snap latest losing streak
LOS ANGELES (AP) — D'Angelo Russell sometimes seems to be playing at a higher frequency than his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, who occasionally struggle to be in the right place for their point guard's clever passes.
Everybody was playing at Russell's speed for most of their win over Denver, even when things went a little haywire in the final minutes.
Williams, Young lead Lakers to 108-96 win over Pacers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Luke Walton resisted the urge to shout about it, the coach was clearly proud of what the Los Angeles Lakers can do when their crowded schedule allows them to have a couple of real practices.
Lou Williams scored 27 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers and the Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Lakers hit 17 3s to beat Grizzlies; Randle has triple-double
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a dizzying flurry of long-range shots, the Los Angeles Lakers made Memphis look lost on defense.
Nick Young scored 20 points, D'Angelo Russell added 18 and both keyed an early barrage of 3-pointers that sent the Lakers past the Grizzlies 116-102 on Tuesday night.
Lakers snap 11-game skid vs rival Clippers, 111-102
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers feel like they've spent at least a month short-handed due to injuries and weary from an extraordinarily grinding schedule.
When they finally found an opponent with even more ailments and exhaustion, the Lakers didn't waste the opportunity to snap an embarrassing rivalry losing streak.
Nick Young and Timofey Mozgov scored 19 points apiece and the Lakers ended their 11-game skid against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 111-102 victory Sunday night.
Heat erase 19-point deficit, top Lakers 115-107
MIAMI (AP) — Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside each finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied from 19 points down to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-107 on Thursday night.
Winslow set a career high for points and tied a career best in rebounds for the Heat, who raised Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey to the rafters in a halftime ceremony.
Randle, Lakers beat 76ers to snap eight-game skid
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of a timely game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.
Julius Randle scored nine of his 25 points in a dominating first quarter and the Lakers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 100-89 victory Friday night.
Lou Williams added 18 points and D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young had 15 points apiece. They were playing the third game of a seven-game, 12-day trip — their longest of the season.
Lakers’ Jose Calderon out 2-4 weeks with hamstring strain
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Jose Calderon will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring.
The Lakers announced their latest injury problem Monday before hosting Utah in their 11th game in 18 days.
The Lakers also recalled rookie center Ivica Zubac from their D-League affiliate.
Lakers G Young sidelined by calf injury
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Nick Young for two to four weeks due to a strained right calf muscle, adding another injury to an already depleted backcourt.
Young was hurt in the first quarter Tuesday night in a 105-88 loss at New Orleans. He had an MRI on Wednesday in Chicago.
Davis scores 41, Pelicans rout short-handed Lakers 105-88
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday doesn't concern himself with who is guarding Anthony Davis, or how many defenders flock to the Pelicans' prolific power forward.
Given Davis' recent form, Holiday just wants to get him the ball.
"I'd give it to him with four people on him," Holiday said. "It doesn't really matter. He scores that easily."
Davis had 41 points and 16 rebounds, helping New Orleans dominate the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 105-88 on Tuesday night.
Lakers’ Young leaves vs. Pelicans with apparent leg injury
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has left a game Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans with an apparent right leg injury.
Young came up lame after trying to defend Tim Frazier's fast-break layup in the first quarter. He hopped on his left leg to the scorers' table and then went to the floor to await trainers.
Lou Williams leads Lakers to season sweep of Hawks, 109-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have the NBA's highest-scoring bench and remarkable balance throughout their roster, as the Atlanta Hawks discovered for the second time this month.
Just 18 games removed from the worst season in franchise history, the Lakers are capable of handling the absence of two injured starters without a hitch.
Lakers face Warriors without 3 injured starters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle and Nick Young have been ruled out of the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors on due to injury.
Los Angeles is facing the powerhouse Warriors without three starters Friday night. D'Angelo Russell also is out for at least another week.
Randle has a hip pointer that also kept him out of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Warriors in Oakland.
Young’s late 3-pointer pushes Lakers past Thunder, 111-109
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Young's thievery prevented Russell Westbrook from pulling an even bigger heist during the Los Angeles Lakers' latest win.
Young hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5 seconds to play, and the Lakers blew a 14-point lead in the final minutes before snatching a 111-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Young’s late 3-pointer pushes Lakers past Thunder, 111-109
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Young hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5 seconds to play, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point lead in the final minutes before rallying for a 111-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Young finished with 17 points and Jordan Clarkson had 18 for the Lakers, who survived a monster performance by Russell Westbrook in the final minutes.
Clarkson, Williams, lead Lakers past Pelicans, 126-99
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams keep scoring like this, opponents are going to have trouble matching up with Los Angeles' second unit this season.
Clarkson scored 23 points, Williams added 21, and the Lakers won for the fifth time in six games, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-99 on Saturday night.
Williams scores 21 as Lakers rally past Kings, 101-91
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers rally for a 101-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
The Lakers took control by breaking away from a tie game with 10 straight points, the final five by Young, to go ahead 92-82 with 3:36 left. Los Angeles has four wins in a five-game stretch for the first time since November 2013.
Lakers hold off Suns 119-108 to move above .500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle refused to back down from Tyson Chandler, and both big men got technical fouls for trash talking. Moments later, the crowd rose to its feet when Randle got the ball against Chandler on the perimeter in the closing minutes.
Instead of forcing a confrontation, Randle fed Jordan Clarkson for a decisive 3-pointer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are young and headstrong, but they're learning all the time.
And for just the second time in three years, they're a winning team.
Williams lifts Lakers to 123-116 comeback win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Lou Williams wasn't surprised he saved his best for the end.
Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied after trailing most of the game to beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-116 on Wednesday night.
Williams, the Atlanta native who played for the Hawks from 2012-14, had a quiet game before his big final quarter.
"The fourth quarter is normally my best quarter of my career," Williams said.
Thompson scores 24, Warriors beat Lakers 112-107
New Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton's first matchup against Golden State, where he won a championship as an assistant in 2015, went about as expected — with a Warriors' rout.
Klay Thompson scored 24 to lead the Warriors to a 112-107 win over the Lakers in Las Vegas.
Kevin Durant added 17 points as Golden State (4-1) shot 54.3 percent from the field. Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West did not play.