Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell is not quite optimistic that his relationship with teammate Nick Young will ever be back to normal, since after that video stunt that they made that made headlines and placed Young’s relationship with fiancé Iggy Azalea on the verge of separation.
Russell tells TMZ that he does not know if he will be friends again with Young again and if they would be cool playing together inside the court.
However, one thing is for sure and that is Russell will be under Magic Johnson this summer to upgrade his skills in ball handling, passing and creating plays for his teammates while Young is weighing his options since he has a player option clause in his contract for next season.
The 30-year old might be expected to test the free agency market this summer.
“I don’t know. Only time will tell, right?” Russell said.
He adds that he has already extended his hands in friendship and has asked an apology for his actions. He stresses that the decision will be now in Young’s hand if he would mend ways with him or part ways.
Russell had his receiving end after the March video went viral as he was booed by Laker fans at home and the incident created a vacuum inside the team’s locker room as no one would speak to Russell after the incident.
Though it has been stated that Russell is slated to be back with the Lakers for next season as he is seen as part of the rebuilding process of the team with Luke Walton taking the lead but nothing is still certain for Young, not until the Lakers front office show him the way out.
Bleacher Report stated that Russell together with Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson will be the core for next season and from there, the rebuilding process will take place. With Walton on the helm, the Lakers are hoping to rebound from their unsuccessful campaign in the past three seasons.
Names of potential free agents have already been listed and they are now scouting potential rookies that will further inject new blood to the Lakers.
As for Russell and Young’s relationship, healing must come from the both of them and hopefully the two can patch up things before it’s too late and the Lakers front office would not want any of it to affect their performance.
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