The Los Angeles Lakers already have a complete roster for the 2016-17 NBA season. However, according to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will be trading Nick Young to the Brooklyn Nets in order to save money on their salary cap.
Nick Young has been involved in various rumors in the past months. The rumors started when his rift with D’Angelo Russell affected his on-court performance. Since the Lakers are valuing Russell more than Young, there were reports saying that ‘Swaggy P’ will either be traded or waived before the start of the season.
With the hope of playing next season, Nick Young tried to fix his relationship with D’Angelo Russell. However, it seems like the Lakers are already decided to move him out of the roster. So far, the Lakers have completed their 15-man roster with the addition of Yi Jianlian.
There are rumors that the Lakers are eyeing to add the undrafted power forward Zach Auguste on their roster. If they waive Nick Young, his salary will still remain in the book so it’s still the best option to trade him to another team.
Nick Young is due $5.44 million for 2016-17 and holds a $5.66 million player option for the 2017-18 season. As of now, there are few teams who have the capability to absorb Young’s contract, including the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets decided to undergo a rebuilding process this off-season. They succeeded to acquire Asian-American guard Jeremy Lin but failed to steal Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe. The Nets currently have lots of point guards but in need of a shooting guard.
According to Spotrac, the Nets are still under the cap and have the capability to acquire Nick Young from the Lakers. Though they have a shortage of trade assets, the Nets can send future second-round picks to acquire Young.
Nick Young’s performance last season may not be that impressive, but he can revive his career in Brooklyn. In his first two years in Los Angeles, he averaged 17.9 points and 13.4 points, respectively.
It will be best for Nick Young to start a new journey to another team. Should the Brooklyn Nets trade for ‘Swaggy P’? Share your opinions in the comment box below.