Lakers Rumors: Nick Young Done For Season As L.A. Lakers Deactivate Him
Lakers rumors now indicate Nick Young could be done for the season. These L.A. Lakers rumors address a statement from coach Byron Scott, who said that Young has been deactivated. A report from Yahoo! Sports states that this latest scandal involving Young was just the “icing on the cake,” likely revealing that the Lakers were already having problems with him. Scott spoke at length about what the Lakers decided to do with Young and how it may be the last game he plays this year.
“It has nothing to do with the chemistry. It has everything to do with just basketball. Right now, I know what he’s going through, and I know it’s hard on him. But he’s not here with us mentally, and there’s no need for me to put him out there on the floor.”
As for what Nick Young is “going through,” rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell secretly recorded a conversation he had with Young. In that conversation, Young reportedly confessed to being unfaithful to fiance and rapper Iggy Azalea. It has caused a lot of buzz, not just on social media and in the entertainment world, but also in locker rooms around the NBA. No matter what the opinion of Young has been to this point, most players and coaches have stated that what Russell did was wrong.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a lot of drama had taken place between Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell, ultimately forcing the L.A. Lakers to make a hard decision. While Russell has drawn the ire of many NBA analysts and players, Young is still under contract for two more seasons after this one. The Lakers currently owe Young about $5.5 million for the 2016-17 NBA season and then about $5.7 million for the 2017-18 NBA season. That final year of this four-year contract is a player option, so he can decide to opt out.
L.A. Lakers rumors about Nick Young are nothing new, as the team has reportedly been shopping him for the past two seasons. Immediately after signing Young to a four-year contract, it seems that the front office was ready to part ways with him. This NBA season may be the worst of his career, as Young is averaging just 19.1 minutes, 7.3 points, and 1.8 rebounds per game. Young is shooting just 33.9 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from the free throw line in a year where he could have seen a lot of additional playing time. Instead, he isn’t even on the active roster.
The small piece of good news for Young is that he will continue to receive a paycheck during this pseudo suspension, but it doesn’t bode well for his stock in the NBA. There are likely to be many new L.A. Lakers trade rumors involving him this offseason, but a reality is that the team might not find another franchise willing to take him on. This could lead to the front office in Los Angeles making a move to either buy him out or simply release him. He is just two seasons removed from averaging 17.9 points a night for the Lakers, so if he can get his act together he might still have a place in Los Angeles.
The Lakers have just six regular season games left and the front office could decide to re-activate Nick Young at any time. The reality is that the team likely wants him to not be on the bench at the moment, so that he doesn’t take away from the Kobe Bryant retirement tour. More L.A. Lakers rumors in regard to Nick Young will come in the NBA offseason, but this might be the last time that fans hear about him this year.
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