Nick Young’s days with the Los Angeles Lakers are numbered. The popular guard/forward has played all of seven minutes over the Lakers’ last four games.
After being benched against the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks last week, Young played all of seven minutes Sunday night against Detroit Pistons before being ejected for shoving Anthony Tolliver (watch below). Young was once again benched last night against Toronto Raptors.
The writing is on the wall for Young, an L.A. native renowned for enjoying the Hollywood lifestyle with popular singer girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. While teams can come to terms for a trade right away, they will have to wait until December 15 when players who signed fresh contracts over the summer can be dealt.
Young is enjoying a reasonably good season, shooting near 40% from deep. Due to his recent marksmanship, the Lakers can expect a decent return for the eight-year veteran.
The imminent break-up between Lakers and Young was triggered a few weeks ago when ‘Swaggy P’ made strange remarks about Coach Byron Scott and noted that the Lakers offense lacked rhythm – and was running too many ISO plays. Barely few days after those comments, Young was benched for back-to-back games.
After his ejection on Sunday, Young admitted that his reaction stemmed from frustration. “It’s tough. There’s a lot of frustration. It’s a struggle and it’s building up,” he said after missing all three shots from just seven minutes on the floor.
Coach Scott acknowledged that Young’s frustrations have got the better of him. “I kind of sensed that when it happened, that it was more frustration than anything.”
LakeShowLife has explored three possible trade destinations for Young:
- To Atlanta Hawks for a return of Tim Hardaway Jr.
- To Los Angeles Clippers for a return of Lance Stephenson or Josh Smith.
- To The New Orleans Pelicans for a return of future draft picks.
Where will Nick Young play when Christmas comes around? Only time will tell.