The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly trying to move Nick Young out of their roster. However, with their new head coach Luke Walton, there are still a few people who believe that Swaggy P can still revive his career in Los Angeles.
Nick Young has been the center of controversies in the Los Angeles Lakers after his rift with teammate D’Angelo Russell. Their off-court issues affected Young’s performance inside the court, resulting for former Lakers head coach Byron Scott puts him on the inactive list before the 2015-16 NBA season ended.
When Nick Young joined the Lakers in 2013, he made a good impression averaging 17.9 points per game. This made the Lakers decided to give him a four-year deal worth $21.5 million. However, the succeeding years did not go well for Swaggy P, especially when the Lakers hired a new head coach, Byron Scott.
“A coaching change shifted Young from the warp-speed offense of Mike D’Antoni into the no-nonsense, grit-and-grind approach of Byron Scott, and his stats plummeted. Last season Young appeared in just 54 games and posted horrific averages of 7.3 points and 33 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes.” Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation reported.
It was with coach Byron Scott when the Lakers suffered their worst franchise record of 17-65 last season. Not only did Scott make the Lakers suffer, but also ruined Nick Young’s career. The Lakers decided not to exercise their player option for Scott’s contract and hired a new head coach, Luke Walton.
With the Lakers let the deadline stretch a player’s contract pass, there is still a hope that Nick Young will be given the chance to prove himself next season. As of now, the Lakers currently have a 16-man camp roster with the recent signing of Zach Auguste.
Luke Walton is expected to adopt the Golden State Warriors’ offensive strategy which could match Nick Young’s type of play. The Lakers are expected to make a decision before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, whether Nick Young will be part of their 15-man roster or not.