According to a report from ESPN's Baxter Holmes and Marc Stein, D'Angelo Russell is being frozen out by his Los Angeles Lakers teammates after a video filmed by the rookie point guard surfaced online over the weekend.
The video, which came to the public's attention via celebrity gossip site Fameolous, appears to show Russell's Lakers teammate Nick Young discussing his relationships with other women. Young, who is engaged to music star Iggy Azalea, does not appear to be aware he is being filmed.
How the video became public knowledge, or when it was filmed, is unclear. However, it is said to have caused a breakdown in trust between Russell and many of his Lakers teammates.
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Per ESPN's report:
"The emergence of the video, sources said, has been the talk of the locker room for the past several days and has led to a tangible strain between Russell and some teammates."
The footage itself sees Russell asking about the age of a girl Young says he met in a club before mentioning the name of celebrity Amber Rose, to which Young replies "No, she knows my girl."
Other anonymous sources cited in the report note that no players would share a table with the rookie during a team meeting this week. Veteran guard Lou Williams was also said to have "got up and walked away" when Russell sat next to him in the locker room.
Neither Russell or Young have commented on either the video or alleged locker room friction. Nor have the Lakers themselves who, via comments from their head coach Byron Scott, have previously referenced concerns over their young star's immaturity.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne described the current situation inside the Lakers camp as:
"About as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there's no trust."
The speculation only further adds to a fairly disastrous season for the famous franchise. Kobe Bryant's farewell tour may have taken up most of the headlines, but it hasn't masked the team's poor form on the hardwood.
Sitting on a 15-59 record good enough for last place in the Western Conference, the Lakers are on course to record a franchise-low in the wins column. Their most recent defeat, a 123-75 blowout to the Utah Jazz on Monday night, equalled the biggest losing deficit in franchise history.
Russell's own season, meanwhile, has been hit and miss. Touted as a future franchise star, the point guard has had to deal with extended time out of the starting lineup. He has, though, enjoyed several impressive performances and is currently averaging 13.1 points per game.
As for Nick Young, he has been out of the Lakers rotation for the past nine games and has been listed inactive for the past two due to a bout of gastroenteritis.