The Los Angeles Lakers inked Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal this past offseason after Young enjoyed a career year last season, but the Lakers now have plans to shop the shooting guard in trade talks this summer thanks to a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Young hasn’t played since Feb. 22 and is done for the season because of a knee injury, but when he was healthy, he wasn’t any good. The self proclaimed “Swaggy P” shot just 36.6 percent from the field this year, by far a career low. His 36.9 percent mark from long range was still respectable enough, but the 36.3 percent from two was deplorable, although Young joked that it was the fault of the rim.
Not only did Young struggle with his play, but he reportedly had some run-ins with head coach Byron Scott, and the Lakers have reportedly grown tired of some of his antics. Those antics include interrupting post-game interviews and arriving late to games, as well as very vocal social media accounts.
Despite the issues, Young remains confident that he’ll remain in a Lakers uniform next season, and he insists that he’s cool with both Scott and Kobe Bryant. But the way it’s looking, the only reason Young may be in Los Angeles next season is because nobody wants to take on that contract, and the Lakers may not want to part with an asset just to dump him.