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Nick Young | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 210
College: USC
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The Lakers are "working to unload contracts" in the interest of clearing "significantly more salary cap space," according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
There are only four players with guaranteed deals for 2015-16 on L.A.'s roster -- Kobe Bryant ($25 million), Nick Young ($5.2m), Julius Randle ($3.3m) and Ryan Kelly ($1.7m). Young is the most obvious player L.A. would like to trade, especially given his shaky relationship with coach Byron Scott, but for now this is purely in the 'speculative' phase. The ultimate goal is reportedly to make convincing contract offers to DeAndre Jordan and/or LaMarcus Aldridge. Jun 30 - 7:03 PM

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Nick Young has been training since May 12 and he said that his "knee is looking good."

Head coach Byron Scott recently said that Young must improve his decision making, his off-the-ball movement and his off-ball defense, and Young has taken that advice to heart. "I’m taking his advice," Young said. "I’m just working to get better. I’m getting my jump shots tighter and ball handling tighter. I’ve been running off of cones on the floor for a while now." Young's knee has responded well to the workouts, and it looks like Swaggy P is determined to prove his worth to the Lakers this summer.
Jun 3 - 12:12 PM

Nick Young proposed to girlfriend Iggy Azalea on Monday and she said yes.

No word yet on if she'll be changing her name to Swaggy Azalea, but Young recorded his proposal and the video can be found in the link below. While Young may have wedding bells on his mind, Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already said he'll need to see improvements from Young in order to give him minutes so fantasy owners may want to shy away from Swaggy P on draft day.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 10:58 AM

According to head coach Byron Scott, Nick Young will have to improve this summer or it will be "hard" to give him minutes.

Scott said that Young must improve his movement off the ball on offense, his ability to attack the basket, and that he needs to become a better help defender. Injuries limited Young to just 42 games this season, but he struggled mightily when he did take the floor. Swaggy P shot just 36.6 percent from the field over the course of the season, and he was heavily criticized by Scott for taking poor shots and a lack of effort on defense. The Lakers have big plans this summer, so it will be interesting to see what kind of role Young will have next season.
May 17 - 10:09 AM

Nick Young said he had a down year shooting the ball because "the rim was tripping this year" and said he'll be better next year because he'll "take her on a date and treat her better."

Well, why else would he have had a down year? "It's been a tough year," Young added. "It's time to let this season go. This season never happened." The rim may have been tripping, but Swaggy P still managed to make just 36.6 percent from the field on the season. Of course, no matter how hard the rim is tripping, it's going to be tough to shoot the ball well when 71.4 percent of a player's shots come when his defender is less than four feet away. The Lakers could try to move Young this season, especially with the emergence of Jordan Clarkson.
Apr 14 - 4:56 PM

Nick Young (knee) has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Young has been out since Feb. 22 with a small fracture in his left kneecap, but it is a little worrying that he wasn't able to return. Young's relationship has been rocky at best with head coach Byron Scott, and his outlook for next season isn't too encouraging. We will have plenty of updates on Young in the offseason.
Apr 12 - 7:58 PM

Nick Young revealed that he doesn't feel Byron Scott's feedback is valuable, and added "I feel like it's just a target toward me."

The friction has been building between Scott and Swaggy P for some time, and for Young to come out and openly say that he doesn't care what his head coach says is a very bad look. The Lakers rewarded Young with a four-year, $21.5 million contract during the 2014 offseason, but his future in Los Angeles is a question mark after his nightmare campaign.
Apr 6 - 11:20 AM

Coach Byron Scott said Nick Young "has to grow as a B-ball player if he wants to continue to play in this league for a long time."

"There's no telling what we're going to do this year in the free agent market," Scott said. "But if we get the guys we want then [Young] has got a challenge next year on his hands, as far as being in that rotation and playing consistent minutes." Scott hasn't been very nice to Swaggy. Last month, he called Young's haircut "a lost bet" and that it "looks like a bunch of worms up there." It'll be interesting to see if Swaggy responds.
Apr 4 - 5:07 PM

Nick Young (knee) is likely out for the rest of the season, according to coach Byron Scott.

There was some hope Swaggy P could come back this season, but it is becoming more unlikely. He hasn't been able to play since Feb. 22 due to a small fracture in his left kneecap. Young is under contract for three more seasons and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Apr 4 - 4:02 PM

Nick Young (knee) remains hopeful to return this season.

Young's knee remains unchanged, so it's hard to see how that's going to happen. The Lakers are considering shutting down Young, but the team isn't at that point yet. "We’re not in a big hurry," Scott said. "As long as he has some problems going on in there, we’re going to take our time." We wouldn't expect Swaggy P back this season.
Mar 30 - 10:46 AM

Nick Young (knee) will be reevaluated in one week, but he remains without a timetable to return.

This practically rules him out for the rest of the week, and head coach Byron Scott also said that Young would need at least another week of conditioning after that. There is a good chance that Young doesn't play again this season, but Scott refuses to shut him down. At this point in the season, it's safe to leave Young on the wire in just about all leagues.
Mar 29 - 6:03 PM

Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said he's doubtful Nick Young (knee) will accompany the team on their upcoming five-game road trip.

"I don’t see him going on this trip," Scott said. "He can do his therapy here." It sounds like Young will remain sidelined for at least the next six games, meaning he won't be able to return to action until April 1 at the earliest. Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, and Wayne Ellington will continue to log extended minutes in Young's absence, and at this point in the fantasy season, Swaggy P belongs on the waiver wire.
Mar 20 - 9:12 AM

Nick Young has a small fracture in his left kneecap and will be re-evaluated weekly.

He does not need surgery, but it sounds like he won't be back this season. Young has been out since Feb. 22 and the Lakers have used more of Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington to step up.
Mar 18 - 6:26 PM

Nick Young (knee) did not practice on Wednesday and remains out for Thursday against the Jazz.

More importantly, Young showed up with a new haircut to practice today and his coach wasn't a fan. "That’s not a haircut. I don’t know what that is. That’s a lost bet or something," coach Byron Scott said. "It looks like a bunch of worms up there." Young did get some free throws up today, but he's not close to a return. If you're so inclined, feel free to click the link below to get a look at Swaggy P's new hair-do.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

Nick Young (knee) is expected to hear the results of his CT scan on Wednesday, but he has already been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. Utah.

Young is still dealing with swelling in his knee and he is reportedly very concerned about it, so a return in the near future does not seem imminent. We should be able to provide further details when the results of his CT scan are known, so expect another update later in the day. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Jeremy Lin and Jabari Brown to continue seeing extra minutes in Young's absence.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Jordan Clarkson
3Dwight Buycks
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Nick Young
3Jabari Brown
SF1Ryan Kelly
2Anthony Brown
PF1Julius Randle
2Tarik Black
3Larry Nance
C1Robert Sacre
2Jordan Hill