Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers who are reportedly waiving or trading Nick Young before the start of the 2016-17 NBA Season. Does ‘Swaggy P’ deserve a second chance?
The Los Angeles Lakers are now undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. The Lakers made they first move by firing coach Byron Scott and replacing him with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton. Many have praised the decision and predicted that this could be the start of reviving their legacy.
Though the Lakers failed to get their target free agent, Timofey Mozgov, and Luol Deng could still be a good fit with the young rebuilding team. Also, the acquisition of Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac can give a big boost in the Lakers’ frontcourt.
However, some of the players who failed to make a good impression with the Lakers are still questionable to return, including Nick Young. According to Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times:
“Veteran Nick Young has two more years on his contract totaling $11 million, but it will be a surprise if he’s not traded or waived before training camp.”
Nick Young has suffered lots of ups and downs in his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. His dispute with teammate D’Angelo Russell has tremendously affected his performance in the game. Recalling in the 2015-16 NBA season, former Lakers coach Byron Scott decided to put Young on the inactive list after noticing he lost his focus in the court.
Recently, Nick Young did something stupid over the holiday weekend. In the video uploaded by TMZ Sports, the 31-year-old Lakers guard held fireworks with his bare hand until it explodes.
Luckily, he had no injuries at all but he received negative reactions for what he’s done. According to LA Daily News, the Los Angeles Lakers are not giving any disciplinary action for Young’s stupidity.
“You would hope that things like that don’t happen,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after summer league practice on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “Professional athletes kind of need their hands. But I’m glad he’s okay.”
Nick Young is not a bad fit for the Lakers at all. Recalling in his first year with the Lakers, he was averaging 17.9 points, working as a backup for Kobe Bryant. However, his performance tremendously gone down in the past two seasons.
Luke Walton can still fix his court issues. There are few who believe that Nick Young has still something to showcase. However, he needs to fix some personal issues, including his rift with teammate D’Angelo Russell. If he regains his previous performance and controls his attitude, there is a chance that the Lakers will change their mind to trade or waive his contract.
Video courtesy: Youtube/TMZSports