The Los Angeles Lakers' offseason priority list began with finding a coach, and will next turn to free agency and the NBA draft. After those are taken care of, another thing the team will have to address at some point is whether or not Nick Young's contract can be salvaged.
Young, who has two years worth approximately $11 million remaining on his contract according to Basketball Insiders, had one of the worst years of his career last year. The eight-year veteran averaged 7.3 points on 33.9 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes per game last season, and his year was even worse off the floor.
A video of Young admitting to cheating on his fiancee recorded by D'Angelo Russell infamously leaked towards the end of the season, and it seems unlikely the relationship between the two will ever fully recover. In speaking with TMZ, Russell himself sounded unsure of what the future holds for him and Young.
"I don't know, only time can tell right?" said Russell when asked if he and Young will be "cool" next season. "I'm cool. I can't speak for him. I'm cool."
By all indications, the Lakers won't look to test if the two can be a part of a functional locker room next season and will look to trade Young, something they attempted and failed to do at the last trade deadline. Young said during his exit interview that he expects changes to be made, with the subtext being that one of those changes will be him being shipped out of town.
In happier news for fans of the Lakers, Russell told TMZ he was "happy" with the hiring of new head coach Luke Walton, a sentiment shared by several of his teammates, so there is reason to hope the team's locker room can be a more positive environment next season.
All quotes transcribed via TMZ and all stats per NBA.com. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.