Lakers News: Nick Young Trade Rumors, Shaq O’Neal Statue Date Revealed, More

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 of their past 11 games to erase a lot of the short-term optimism that emerged during the team's strong start to the 2016-17 season. While the organization's future remains bright thanks to a bevy of young talent, some growing pains still lie ahead.

One question the front office will have to answer over the next couple of months is whether it wants to try making some moves it believes could accelerate the process. Staying the course is the safe route, but waiting can be hard for a franchise with so much past success.

For now, let's check out some of the latest news and rumors involving the Lakers as the team gets prepared to play five games in eight days before the new year arrives.


Nick Young Trade Interest Limited

Nick Young is one of the league's most enigmatic players. The 31-year-old guard possesses a lot of value when he plays like he has this season. He's averaging 14.5 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field, including 41.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Alas, he's just one season removed from checking in at 7.3 points per game with a 33.9 shooting percentage. And, since he doesn't provide much production in the other categories, his impact plummets when he's not shooting the ball well.

Perhaps that's why a trade market hasn't developed for the veteran. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported the Lakers are a team that's always active researching potential deals, but he passed along the negative feedback he's received regarding possible interest in Young:

The is a blanket statement on the Lakers. They look at the marketplace constantly, but as a team they are trying to build a good solid culture for the young guys and they are extremely reluctant to mess with that.<...

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