Nick Young could be on his way out of the Los Angeles Lakers roster soon even though he made up with teammate D’Angelo Russell for their previous rift off the courts.
According to NBA rumors, Young will eventually be traded or waived by the Lakers this year. Could the Brooklyn Nets be interested in signing the veteran and pair him in the backcourt with Jeremy Lin?
The Nets appear to be set for the new NBA season after failing to get their original targets in free agency. Brooklyn signed Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe to huge deals. However, both were restricted free agents and the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers got them back by matching the Nets’ offer sheet.
The Nets could target Nick Young via trade and get a starting shooting guard to pair with point guard Jeremy Lin for the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Currently, Brooklyn has lots of back-up point guards in Greivis Vasquez and Randy Foye but short on the SG and wing rotation. They have Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic at the guard and forward spots but adding Young could make their rotation more respectable.
Brooklyn has no trade assets to send the Lakers but they can send future second round picks in trying to get Young. The Lakers guard has two years left in his deal in L.A. worth about $11 million and the team can trade him to Brooklyn to save some money in their salary cap.
The Lakers are on rebuilding mode and has D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the guard position for their long-term plans. Young’s rift with Russell was also a problem and Los Angeles trading him will help clear distractions with the Lakers.
Young, who averaged 7.3 points per game last year for the Lakers, is a guard known for his offense and can help the Nets in that area. Brooklyn is projected to be one of the worst teams in the league next season even with Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez as the featured players.
Should the Brooklyn Nets try to trade for Nick Young and pair him in the backcourt with Jeremy Lin? Would the Lakers let go of their veteran even just for a second round pick?