The Los Angeles Lakers currently have a 16-man training camp roster with the latest addition of Zach Auguste. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will be sending Nick Young to the Philadelphia 76ers together with future draft picks.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be facing the 2016-17 NBA season without their main man, Kobe Bryant, on their side. The past two years were a disaster for the Lakers as they suffered disappointing seasons under coach Byron Scott.
With the hope of reviving their legacy, the Lakers decided to hire a new coach that will help them rebuild the team for the succeeding years. The team decided to assign former Lakers and Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton as their new head coach.
The Lakers also acquired newest additions to their roster namely Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Yi Jianlian, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, and Jose Calderon. Zach Auguste also signed to a training camp deal, hoping to be included on the 15-man roster.
Since the off-season started, there were rumors that the Lakers will be removing Nick Young from the team whether via trade or waiving his contract. As of now, the Lakers could not find the ideal trade partner that is willing to absorb Young’s contract.
According to Nick Brown of 12up, the Lakers could send Nick Young to the Philadelphia 76ers together with future draft picks.
“The Lakers are desperately looking to unload the shooting guard, and the Sixers are known for taking on bad contracts in exchange for draft picks, then dumping the contracts immediately after,” Brown said.
In August, the Sixers engaged in a trade deal with the Utah Jazz where they acquired Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks, and cash. The Sixers then waived Pleiss’ contract, making him a free agent. The Lakers could do the same with Nick Young.
Sending second-round picks will be favorable for the Lakers if they will manage to unload the Young’s contract. Also, the Sixers will think twice before waiving him since they are currently in need of a guard.
Nick Young might have struggled in the past seasons that could be influenced by Byron Scott and his past dispute by D’Angelo Russell. Starting a new journey with another NBA team would give him the chance to prove himself once again in the league.