Report: L.A. Lakers prepared to waive Nick Young if he's not traded

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It seems as though Nick Young is ready to move on from the past and make amends with D'Angelo Russell after the notorious video incident that rocked the L.A. Lakers during the regular season. However, it seems unlikely he will get the chance to remain with the Purple and Gold.

After the public fallout between the duo after the rookie point guard's mobile phone antics, it seemed likely one of them - Young - would end up leaving the Staples Center. Despite his efforts to let bygones be bygones, it seems unlikely he will ever play for the franchise again.

The Pacific Division franchise have been actively trying to trade him for some time, but given his guaranteed $11 million dollar contract and lack of production on the hardwood last year, there is not much interest around the NBA.

According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, he is unlikely to be on the roster next season even if L.A. can't find him a new home.

Ding said: "I would frankly be surprised if Nick Young is on the Lakers’ roster at the start of the season. They’ve been trying to trade him for a while. They’re still trying to trade him. They are willing to even buy him out if necessary to move on."

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Last season he played just 54 regular season games - starting two - and averaged 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting a very low .339 field goal percentage. Even if the Lakers buy him out, Young may struggle to find a new NBA team.

There are a few options for the Lakers if they do decide to waive the 31-year-old. Here they are: 

Waive and stretch by Aug. 31

  • 2016-17: $2,222,517
  • 2017-18: $2,222,517
  • 2018-19: $2,222,517
  • 2019-20: $2,222,517
  • 2020-21: $2,222,517

Waive and stretch after Aug. 31

  • 2016-17: $5,443,918
  • 2017-18: $1,889,556
  • 2018-19: $1,889,556
  • 2019-20: $1,889,556

Waive without stretching

  • 2016-17: $5,443,918
  • 2017-18: $5,668,667
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Nick Young
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