Nick Young Trade Would Mean Los Angeles Lakers Gambling Their Depth Away

During the opening weeks of the 2015 free-agency process, trade rumors swirled around Nick Young—that the shot-happy swingman might not be long for the Land of the Los Angeles Lakers.

But unloading Young could also wreak havoc with L.A.’s depth chart.

In April, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported on the potential of Young’s exit, writing that "the Lakers will entertain offers for him, according to a team official familiar with the front office’s thinking."

More recently, that reliable soothsayer of basketball transactions, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, weighed in:

The news of Swaggy P's demise may have been exaggerated, however. Or perhaps the Lakers front office simply couldn’t find any takers.

That would seem to be the gist of things, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

And that’s OK, because gambling away depth at the wing isn’t such a wise move, especially without getting back something of the same in return. 

In fact, Young isn’t that long removed from his breakout 2013-14 season in L.A, which led to a new four-year $21.5 million contract.

Young was a fan favorite during that first season in L.A.; he was a hometown player and USC standout who joined the purple and gold after stints with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. The effervescent scorer was a bright spot in a season characterized by too many losses and capped off by the exodus of Mike D’Antoni.

It was as if embracing the Swaggy P persona represented the antithesis of the apathy shown toward Dwight Howard the season before. There could be no denying that Young really wanted to be in Los Angeles—he celebrated each made bucket like a triumphant playoff win.

But now, after a d...

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