Nick Young’s Long-Term Future a Major Question Mark for Los Angeles Lakers

What a difference a year makes for Nick Young—the ebullient scorer who lit up a dreary season for the Los Angeles Lakers and was rewarded with a new four-year, $21.5 million deal during the 2014 offseason.

It was welcome news for the Los Angeles native who attended USC.

And so, with his multimillion-dollar smile, the adoration of fans and a "Fancy" pop star girlfriend in Iggy Azalea, Young approached the new fall campaign with a determination for a stronger collective team.

“I got a lot more to do, man,” the 29-year-old said to Mike Trudell for in September. “They think we sweet so, we gotta come back and prove something this year.”

But sweet turned to sour in a hurry for the man who refers to himself as Swaggy P in the third person.

And by the time it was all over, last year’s hometown hero had become a bust, with a good chance of being shipped out.

“The Lakers will entertain offers for him, according to a team official familiar with the front office’s thinking,” wrote Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News recently. “Still...Young’s poor play could sour his value as well as the Lakers’ reluctance to attach any draft picks just to expend him.”


How did we get here from there?

The season got off to a non-start when Young tore a thumb ligament on his shooting hand during training camp. He had been trying to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant. Foolish man.

Surgery and rehab followed, and by the time Young rejoined the lineup, the Lakers were off to another perplexing start with one win out of their first 10 games.

The return of the unrepentant 6’7” shooter didn’t prevent losses from piling up. And as the wheels continued coming off the bus for the team, so did Young’s individual play—he became a fading gli...

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