The Los Angeles Lakers are wrapping up their season, and it sounds like change is already in the wind. The Lakers will look at trading Nick Young through the summer, according to a report from Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Young's season has been tumultuous, publicly clashing with head coach Byron Scott while seeing a huge dip in his productivity.
Young re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year, $21.5 million contract with a team option on the final year last July. He had a strong season under Mike D'Antoni, but has struggled under Scott. Nick averaged 13.7 points, one assist and one turnover per game while shooting 36 percent from the field. Knee injuries hampered him throughout the season, limiting him to just 42 games played. He also missed the start of the season with a thumb injury.
It's unclear what kind of value the Lakers would look for in return, but his contract is likely tradeable at just over $5 million per season. The summer could shape out to be huge for Mitch Kupchak as he sets down a new foundation, and Young is one of the few players the team has on a long-term contract. The Lakers have also dipped into the development system, bringing Jabari Brown up and signing him to a multi-year contract.
Expect more rumors like this to float, but it's something that won't happen until much further down the road if it does. It's an interesting tidbit to think about until things heat up, though.