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Nick Young thought the Lakers had traded him to the Rockets

NBA players watch for Woj bombs: They’re just like us!

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One minute.

A solitary minute was all that elapsed between Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical’s first tweet about the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Tyler Ennis from the Houston Rockets and his second one, revealing that they had sent Marcelo Huertas back in exchange.

That may not seem like much time for NBA fans just sitting on Twitter waiting for Woj bombs to drop, but for NBA players trying to figure out what city they’ll be playing in the rest of the year, it probably feels like an eternity.

During his postgame interview on Spectrum Sportsnet, Nick Young acknowledged that the members of the Lakers’ roster were checking their phones on the flight to OKC using in-flight Wi-Fi to monitor the trade deadline, and that he was at least a little nervous.

“I was waiting to get called to the back, and...” Young paused. “You know...”

If Young thought he was going to be dealt, he certainly wasn’t the only one. The Lakers were reportedly shopping him for a second-round pick, and when they saw news of a trade with Houston, the plane full of Lakers only had one thought.

“We all seen someone was going to Houston. Everybody was looking at me,” Young said, letting out a laugh that can only be described as a combination of nervousness and relief. “I thought I was gone, but it turned out to be ‘Celo.”

Instead, Young will remain with the Lakers, at least until this summer, when we’ll all be sitting and watching Twitter to see what he’ll do next.

All quotes transcribed via Spectrum Sportsnet. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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