Byron Scott says Nick Young “not here with us mentally”


Nick Young was at Staples Center Sunday night when the Lakers took on the Boston Celtics, but he chose to watch the game on the monitors in the team’s locker room rather than from the bench.

He was inactive for that game, following the D'Angelo Russell video incident that is rumored to have caused friction between Young and his fiancée Iggy Azalea. Young has not had his usual smile and playful attitude of late.

To hear coach Byron Scott tell it, Young may be away from the team for a while. From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Instead, Scott believed Young is “not here with us mentally.”

“It was strictly a basketball decision,” Scott said. “I know how he’s feeling right now. He’s not really here with us.”

Young took part in Monday’s Laker practice. However, the guard has not been part of the Lakers rotation for a while — the last time he got in a game was March 8. The issue is simple: Young is a fearless shooter, a high-volume gunner who can’t throw a pea in the ocean right now. He is shooting just 33.9 percent on the season.

The Lakers will test the market and try to trade him around the draft and the start of free agency, but the more likely outcome is they waive and stretch his contract this summer.