Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is reportedly either waiving or trading Nick Young and not re-signing free agents Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment to their roster. The team made their first move by hiring Golden State Warriors assistant and former player Luke Walton as their new head coach. The Lakers also succeed to sign free agents, whom they think could help them build a stronger team next season.
The Lakers recently acquired Cleveland Cavalier center Timofey Mozgov and Miami Heat small forward Luol Deng. Also, the Lakers re-signed their own free agent, Jordan Clarkson. With the Lakers intention to rebuild the team, there is a stronger possibility that they would be releasing some players.
According to Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times, the Lakers decided to make qualifying offers for Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black, and Marcelo Huertas. However, free agents Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly are still questionable to return.
The 25-year-old forward Ryan Kelly was not extended a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Kelly was only seen in action for 36 games in the 2015-16 NBA season. Ryan Kelly may be pursued by other teams who are currently in need of a frontcourt depth option.
On the other hand, Robert Sacre has not given any large contribution with the Los Angeles Lakers since he was drafted 60th overall in 2012. Sacre has averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds through 20 games in the recent season. The Lakers already have Timofey Mozgov and Ivica Zubac for the center position, leading Robert Sacre questionable from being re-signed.
Though Nick Young is not a free agent, there are reports saying that he would either be traded or waived by the Lakers. 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.
There were past rumors that the Lakers are long been eyeing to get rid of Nick Young but failed to get a trade partner. However, if the Lakers will be giving one of their young core together with Young, there is a higher possibility that a team will be interested.