NBA Rumors: Lakers’ Nick Young, Kings’ Ben McLemore gaining trade interest from East teams

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Mar 30, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young (0) at press conference related to guard D’Angelo Russell (1) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Young is in danger of not making the cut in the Los Angeles Lakers roster while Ben McLemore has disappointed in his stint with the Sacramento Kings. The two shooting guards are reportedly on the trade market and teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks could be targeting them in a deal, according to NBA rumors.

According to, both McLemore and Young have gained the interest of some Eastern Conference teams executives.

“I still like him; he’s very athletic,’’ an Eastern Conference reportedly said of McLemore. “I still think he has a lot of potential.’’

The report notes that while McLemore has not lived up to the expectations of a seventh overall pick, the inconsistent shooter is still young at 23 years old and he can still turn his career around.

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One East executive suggested that moving on from the Kings could be the key to changing McLemore’s career path to success.

“He hasn’t done what a lot of people think he should have done, but he could still be very good. Personally, I think he just needs a change of scenery,” Another East executive said.

As for Nick Young, it’s widely known around the league that the Lakers want to go younger by giving a bigger role to their prospects D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram.

Young can also play the mentor role in L.A. but the Lakers signed veteran Luol Deng in the offseason. Young also had a rift with Russell last year and he’s seen as an immature and controversial player in his NBA stint.

Another East official claims that while Young has off the court issues, he sees Young as a “good guy, a happy go-lucky guy” and that he can “still play” and a reliable scorer.

Two teams that must improve their SG rotation are the Bucks and Nets. Milwaukee lost starting SG Khris Middleton to a six-month injury while Brooklyn can’t catch a break in the offseason when other teams retained their free agent targets Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson.

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With the rumors and speculations alive that both SGs are on the trading block, it looks like both can be acquired if the teams give up a future first round pick or prospects.

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