Lakers News: Nick Young Trade Talk, Summer League Struggles and More

The Los Angeles Lakers, they of the 16 championships and 23 division titles, have become a laughingstock of the NBA.

After striking out on every marquee free agent, the team has also struck out in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle have pressed too hard and found their play stifled at every turn.

It hasn't been a great summer for the purple and gold thus far, but it has been newsworthy.

Here's a look at the latest goings-on in Lakersland, including Nick Young trade talk, summer league woes and coaching staff moves.


The Strange Saga of Swaggy P

The Lakers have been sending mixed signals on Nick Young for weeks now. No one is quite sure what L.A. plans to do with Young because, it would appear, the team doesn't precisely know.

Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't even sure what Young is doing during the offseason, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Young told Los Angeles News Group in late May he has followed Scott’s advice to improve his decision making, playing off-the-ball and off-ball defense.

“I don’t know what he’s doing,” said Scott, who said he has only talked with Young twice this offseason. “If he’s saying that’s what he’s doing, then that’s what I believe he’s doing.”

Young has never been easy to handle—he can vacillate between potent scoring threat and volatile liability from game to game, even possession to possession. He's a valuable bench scorer capable of little else on the court, and when his shot isn't falling, his units often falter.

The addition of 2014-2015 Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams appeared to make Young's inclusion on this season's roster superfluous—there are only so many shots to go around for volume shooters like Williams, Young, Kobe Bryant and Russell—but i...

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