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Nick Young says ‘I’m ready’ in response to report that Avery Bradley won’t join Lakers in Orlando

Nick Young is ready to play for the Lakers, who have not been connected to him in any way.

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For the third time in two years, former Lakers guard Nick Young has taken to social media in an attempt to get the purple and gold to sign him.

In 2018, Young tweeted and deleted a post suggesting he could help the Lakers with their three-point shooting woes. In March of this year, when the Lakers were debating who to sign to their open roster spot, Young threw his name in the ring as a write-in candidate on a SportsCenter Instagram poll. These are the most Nick Young headlines of all time.

And I guess at that point, maybe the man known as Swaggy P figured the third time’s the charm, because he just tossed his name out as an option for the Lakers to sign in the wake of Lakers guard Avery Bradley deciding to skip the remainder of the season out of concern for his son’s health:

Young is not technically retired, but his most recent NBA stint was the four games he played for the Denver Nuggets last season. He had been signed for the rest of the year, but was waived after just 20 days with the team. He previously has said he’ll officially retire after this season if no team signs him.

In his last full NBA season (2017-18), Young shot 37.7% from deep during the regular season for the Golden State Warriors, but fared less well in the playoffs, shooting just 29.8% from behind the arc before playing sparingly in the NBA Finals.

Could he help the Lakers? Maybe. Would having him on an actual title team be even more fun than his first stint? Almost assuredly. Would him and Dion Waiters being teammates in the bubble make for incredible content? Absolutely.

But will this actually happen? Anything is possible, but given that Young hasn’t been connected to the Lakers by even a tangential report, it seems unlikely that he’ll beat out J.R. Smith, who is reportedly the favorite to replace Bradley.

Still, Young continuing to take Instagram heat checks in an attempt to get signed is honestly the most authentically Nick Young way to use social media, and you kind of have to respect it. However, it’s sadly more likely that Rob Pelinka’s Nick Young meme response™ to this idea would be to text the Confused Nick Young picture of bewilderment, rather than a premature celebration still image of affirmation.

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