Nick Young to stay with Los Angeles Lakers after trade failure

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The Los Angeles Lakers came in to the NBA free agency with a blank checkbook and a long list of names they wanted to sign.

Failed Free Agency

LaMarcus Aldridge's name was at the top of that list, but the former Portland Trail Blazers rejected the shiny lights of Los Angeles for a team that actually had a roster of talented players in the San Antonio Spurs.

And the disappointment just keeps on coming for the Lakers, with the news that they have failed to find a trade partner for one unwanted player.


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Trade Fail

According to a report from Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, the Lakers shopped Nick Young around to every season team in the NBA, but there were no takers for the shooting guard/small forward.

"Heard today Lakers have no plans to trade Nick Young. Called around seeking suitors so they could clear cap room quickly. Didn't materialize," Oram tweeted out earlier today.

According to the people over at Sportrac, Young is set to be a $5.2 million cap hit this season, so you can see why the Lakers would be willing to get him out of Los Angeles as quickly as they could.

Young has actually been a topic of conversation recently, with General Manager Mitch Kupchak reportedly saying that Swaggy P has to convince the Lakers he can be more than just a volume shooter.

"He has to convince our coaching staff that he can play within our system & that doesn’t just mean scoring the ball," Kupchak said.

Young is the quintessential NBA gunner, averaging 13.4 points a game last season for the Lakers. However, he only shot 36% from the field and his selfish ways don't seem like stopping any time soon.

Swaggy is the type to try and have fun on the court, so you can see why he isn't exactly close with Kobe Bryant or head coach Byron Scott. After all, he is the man who celebrated a shot that didn't go in.

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