Anyone looking for a potential sixth-man gunner who will come in firing, one the fan base will love (the coach… maybe not so much)? What if said player was on a very affordable contract?
Enter Nick Young.
The Lakers’ had him this season and he was entertaining for the fans as he shot 36.6 percent and clashed with Byron Scott (remember the reaction from Scott and Kobe Bryant after Young and others celebrated a win over Boston?). That said, he did hit his threes and had a true shooting percentage of 52 percent, very close to the league average. He’ll do better next season after he romances the rims. In the right system, Young would have some value, and he is owed just $16.3 million over the next three seasons (the last one is a player option).
The Lakers will test the trade market for him, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. It may just not be that easy.
If the Lakers have their wish, this will mark the end of the so-called Swaggy P era. With Young averaging 13.4 points on a career-low 36 percent shooting and having occasional clashes with Scott, the Lakers will entertain trade offers for him, according to a team official familiar with the front office’s thinking. Still, complications could emerge in trading Young, who still remains under contract for three more years at $16.33 million. Young’s poor play could sour his value as well as the Lakers’ reluctance to attach any draft picks just to expend him.
Young is coming off a fractured knee cap, which doesn’t help his trade value. And he’s not the guy you want in every locker room, the Lakers became tired of his behavior and comments. He’s a character, which can come off as being a clown.
For the record, Young is confident he will return to LA.
Yet, Young still maintained he feels “confident” that he will return next season still wearing a Lakers uniform.
“I’m confident in everything,” Young said. “Whatever happens, happens. It’s meant to happen.”
We’ll see if that confidence attracts another team that could put him in a better situation.