Going into training camp everyone thought, nae, everyone knew Nick Young would not be a Laker for the 2016-2017 season. Except he is. Young has surprised many with splendid play so far. He has even given effort on defense! Swaggy P has fully evolved into Uncle P and is averaging 14.5 PPG on a 46.5-41.-90.7 shooting line. And he has only become hotter as the season goes on. For his past 5 games Young is averaging 18. PPG on 47.9-43.5-83.3 shooting line. In his past 2 gamess, against the defending champions and a playoff team in the Hornets, Young is averaging an insane 28 PPG on a 56.7-54.2-100 shooting line. (He only shot 1 free throw).
Despite Young turning into an insanely efficient scorer this season, who buy into a team first offense, and has played solid defense, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, who was answering a question from a CAP happy fan. Below is the full quote
“Its possible Nick is traded, but having talked to teams about Nick Young specifically, he does not have a lot of fans. It’s more likely than not he plays out his deal in LA, mostly because there is no market for him and the Lakers don’t see open to trade or changes.”
For me personally, this is not surprising. The only teams that would give up young (he he) assets or draft picks for someone who should be a scorer off the bench for a championship team, are contenders or a team that feels they need a little bit of fire power to get over the hump. Neither of those types of teams would want the risk. However even Kyler said there was still a possibility. But the point is not to hold your breath on a Young trade, just enjoy his comeback year.