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Report: L.A. Lakers looking to get rid of Nick Young before 2016-17 campaign starts

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It's all change in L.A. these days for the Lakers.

Gone are the three-peats and championship banners. Instead of Kobe and Shaq, the 'Swag Bros' - Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell - are the main attractions at the Staples Center.

For a franchise so rich in history, the past few seasons have been a tortuous decline that a fanbase accustomed to bright lights and victories have had to swallow in the giant shadows their rivals have cast.

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However, with Luke Walton's arrival to man the pine, new hope now emanates from the Purple and Gold and the new era is truly underway.

The aforementioned Swag Bros, along with Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr and the Lakers' latest draft pick, Brandon Ingram, comprise a promising core that are all under the age of 24.

They are clearly the future that the Lakers brass is invested in, but the players they piece around them will be vital in their development and more than that, the system that Walton will look to implement in California.

According to a report from Harrison Faigen at SB Nation, by that notion, Nick Young's days in L.A. appear to be numbered. The report reads:

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"It has become increasingly clear to anyone monitoring the situation from up close or afar that it would make very little sense for the Los Angeles Lakers to retain Nick Young for any longer.

"The former fan favorite has a reported two years and $11 million left on the four-year contract he signed two years ago (the fourth year of the deal is a player option), and while that price tag doesn’t look horrendous under the new cap, it’s probably time for the team to make a change to improve locker room dynamics in the wake of Young’s fractured relationship with D’Angelo Russell after the latter recorded video of the former admitting to infidelity, a recording which later leaked."

"It sounds like the Lakers have come to the same conclusion. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports that 'it will be a surprise if [Young is] not traded or waived before training camp.' Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News echoed this sentiment in a radio appearance on Sunday morning, which jives with earlier reports that the Lakers would be 'likely' be spending the offseason looking for a new home for Young."

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Young is someone who can catch fire from beyond the arc on his night, but those nights have become few and far between. When it comes to the veteran or Russell, there is only going to be one winner for the Lakers hierarchy in that debate.

He'll probably have to seek pastures new, but the 16-time NBA champions need to hope somebody will want to pick up his $11 million year deal and that's most likely somebody looking to hit their salary cap floor who would also probably want a pick attached to any trade.

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