The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly placed veteran guard Nick Young on the trade block, per ESPN’s Mark Stein. With the Lakers trading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Lou Williams, to the Houston Rockets just a couple of days prior, Los Angeles are evidently seeking picks to bolster their rebuilding efforts.
Stein broke the news via twitter on Wednesday night, stating that ESPN sources were suggesting that the Lakers are still thoroughly active in the trade market and are seeking second-round picks for Young.
Does Magic Johnson have another trade in store in his debut week? ESPN sources say his Lakers are seeking a second-round pick for Nick Young
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
At the tender age of 31, Young is well past his prime and would be an unwanted asset in a potential rebuild. Essentially when the Lakers’ rebuild hits full flow, the deadwood would be shifted promptly, and as one of the older members of the roster, Young just simply wouldn’t fit into their long-term plans.
“We’ll see what happens. I’ve been hearing this forever. It’s either stay home or hopefully go to somebody that’s making a playoff spot” – Nick Young on his future, per Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.
The soon-to-be unrestricted 2018 free agent is having a richly improved season, shooting an efficient 44.1% from the field and culminating in an average of 13.8 points per game. This is almost double the amount of points he put up per game last season. On top of this, Young is resonating as one of the league’s better outside scorers, hitting three-pointers at a 41.3% clip.
All this would make ‘Swaggy P’ a desirable asset and a viable second unit scorer for a team that need firepower off the bench.
This news comes shortly after Magic Johnson was named as the Lakers Head of Basketball Operations. The former five-time NBA Champion has a mammoth task on his hands, as attempting to turn the Lakers fortunes will be no easy task. With a dismal 19-39 record thus far, the third worst record in the entire league, a re-jig is desperately needed.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 22, 2017
However, with a young core of potential stars in D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, Magic has a starting block to build this franchise around, and unfortunately for Nick Young, he doesn’t seem to be in these plans.