Nick Young, the Los Angeles Lakers swingman, has received interest from the Brooklyn Nets, according to several reports.
Over the last 12 months, he Lakers have been unsuccessful in their attempt to find a trade suitor for Young. However, it seems like this offseason would signal the end of the Swaggy P era in Los Angeles.
Last week, Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reported that the Lakers are exploring three different ways to get rid of Young: either trade him, waive him or buy out his contract.
“I would frankly be surprised if Nick Young is on the Lakers’ roster at the start of the season. They’ve been trying to trade him for a while. They’re still trying to trade him. They are willing to even buy him out if necessary to move on.”
If the Lakers intend to waive Young, it would have to happen before the August 31 deadline. By doing so, the remaining of Young’s $11.1 million salary would be stretched over the next five seasons. However, if the Lakers fail to act by the month end, Young’s salary would stay on the cap.
Nick Young: What can Nets offer?
According to several reports, the Nets would be willing to send future second round picks for the services of Young. Since they have inked close to half the roster to fresh contracts, the Nets don’t have too many assets to offer to the Lakers.
Los Angeles has been trying to trade Young ever since teammate D’Angelo Russell posted a controversial video on social media earlier this year. Since the controversy, pop star Iggy Azalea ended her relationship with the Lakers forward.
Young, however, is hoping to make peace with Russell before the start of the new season. “We’re teammates. It’s been so long, so it’s kind of old. We’ll be able to work it out. We’ve already been working it out. It is what it is. I can’t be mad forever,” the swingman said recently.
Despite the efforts of Nick Young to bury the hatchet with D’Angelo Russell, it seems like the veteran forward won’t be a part of the Lakers roster come next season. Would the Brooklyn Nets and Young be a good fit?