Lakers Rumors: Nick Young Trade Talks Reportedly Fizzle

The Los Angeles Lakers were hoping to clear out some salary-cap room by trading Nick Young this offseason, but the "Swaggy P" era looks to be continuing for the Purple and Gold.

Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reported recently that there weren't any takers:

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak hasn't been too shy or tried to dance around the trade speculation that's surrounded Young.

Kupchak's recent comments, per the team's official Twitter account, were hardly a ringing endorsement and could be seen as a critique of Young's game:

Coach Byron Scott is an old-school coach who runs a Princeton-style offensive system predicated on ball movement and generating clean looks at the basket by moving without the ball.

Young tends to hog the ball and attempt to create his own offense in isolation situations, often resulting in long, contested twos or three-pointers with a high degree of difficulty. It's easy to see why Kupchak appears somewhat skeptical about Young's fit for the future.

Per, 69.4 percent of Young's field-goal attempts in 2014-15 were from 16 feet or further—and 47.3 percent of those were from three-point range.

Three seasons still remain on Young's four-year contract that amounts to $21.3 million (h/t For the sake of Young's NBA career, he must adhere to Kupchak's imploring and find a way to mesh with this current Lakers nucleus.

With the introduction of more promising pieces to the roster, perhaps Young will play a more disciplined style of basketball as it is. The question is whether he can thrive in any other role rather than instant offense, especially when he isn't getting the same amount of touches he did during last year on a putrid squad.

The perimeter rotation is now crowded with players who will command a lot of shots, and Young is among them. Rookie ...

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