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Lakers' triple free agency swoop could force popular star out

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The Los Angeles Lakers endured a tough start to the free agency period, missing out on all three of their top targets in DeAndre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe.

Things got a little better over the weekend, though, with the famous franchise moving for three players who, whilst they might not hold the same star quality as the trio above, do at least bolster a roster thin on quality.

Too many pieces

The impending trade arrival of Roy Hibbert, backed up by Lou Williams and Brandon Bass all but signing last night, does however mean Lakers fans might have to say goodbye to one popular star in order to accommodate the incoming contracts.

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The NBA salary cap for the 2015-16 season looks set to come in at around the $67.1 million mark. Adding Hibbert's $15.5 million salary for next season as well as the contracts of Bass and Williams the Lakers almost certainly need to trade away at least one player to create space - even with the $2.8 million "room exception" available.

According to the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo Sports that player is looking likely to be one of Nick Young, Robery Sacre or Ryan Kelly, with Swaggy P looking the most likely to be traded away at this stage.

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End of the road?

Nick Young has become a popular figure amongst fans of his home town franchise over the past couple of seasons, his positive attitude often the only silver lining during a dark few years for the Lakers.

The shooting guard has never quite found that consistency, though, that makes him an integral part of the roster. The fact that the Lakers have now moved for Lou Williams - reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - further suggests they don't see Swaggy P's developing much further.

As Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan puts it:

Another factor that works against Nick Young is his penchant for shooting the basketball. With Kobe Bryant returning to the court, and Lou Williams arriving in L.A. the Lakers current look is one of a shoot-first, shoot-second and shoot-third team.

Byron Scott simply cannot accommodate so many trigger happy players.

Lakers fans: Would you be sad to see Nick Young go, and are you happy with the new arrivals? Have your say in the comments below...

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