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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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Nick Young will start for D'Angelo Russell (glute) on Thursday.
Coach Byron Scott said it doesn't mean much. In other words, the Lakers are just using different player combos tonight with their rookie point guard not playing. Young is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Oct 8 - 8:27 PM

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Nick Young played 23 minutes and hit 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

Young still hasn't met a shot he doesn't love, although a couple ill-advised ones actually went down last night. Young is worth keeping an eye on and will be worth picking up if the Lakers deal with injury woes, but he's nearly undraftable unless you're in a very deep league.
Oct 7 - 3:49 AM

Nick Young (back) scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Jazz, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Jazz.

Young hurt his back during Friday's practice, but it didn't limit him at all on Sunday, so it doesn't look like this will be an issue moving forward. Young doesn't do a lot aside from score, and it could be tough for him to consistently do that this year, as he'll be fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. Unless your league has a category for ridiculous quotes, we wouldn't advise targeting Swaggy P too aggressively on draft day.
Oct 5 - 1:47 AM

Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

"It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more.
Oct 3 - 10:23 AM

Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet.
Oct 2 - 9:50 PM

Nick Young had a tattoo of Tupac Shakur on his right arm during his play at the Drew League this summer.

This is bad news for one of the best quotes of 2014. "No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets," Young tweeted back on Aug. 14, 2014. After a horrible 2014-15, Swaggy P will look for changes as he attempts to regain the California love from the Lakers fans. For fantasy, he'll need a Hail Mary to be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues and most owners can picture him rollin' on the waiver wire.
Aug 3 - 2:32 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak told Nick Young he should "work with" coach Byron Scott.

"Work off of coach and make sure everybody is on the same page," Young said. That sounds like an easy order, but don't forget Young said Scott's feedback isn't valuable, Scott said Young has to grow as a basketball player, and most importantly Scott said Swaggy's haircut from last season "looks like a bunch of worms up there." With Lou Williams around and Kobe Bryant back, Swaggy P can be ignored in most drafts.
Jul 29 - 2:50 PM

Nick Young said he felt like Pau Gasol as a result of his name being in trade rumors this summer.

I still stayed in the gym, still did what I was supposed to do, trying to block out everything and just still have fun. You never know what's going to happen — especially in free agency when you hear your name in ever rumor and in every trade talk," Young said. When asked about his second time around with Byron Scott, Young said, "It's all about being a pro." We'll see if SwagTime McBuckets is capable of that, but he's got an enormous opportunity with the Lakers' paper-thin depth at small forward.
Jul 27 - 8:42 AM

Nick Young, who made a game-winning 3-pointer in the Drew League on Sunday, said that GM Mitch Kupchak didn't want him to fret about L.A.'s decision to sign Lou Williams.

Young recently had a meeting with Kupchak, which reportedly left him confident that he'll stay with the Lakers next season. Nevertheless, his playing time and fantasy value are directly threatened by Williams' arrival. He told reporters that he's spent the summer improving his decision-making and play off the ball both defensively and offensively, but coach Byron Scott didn't sound too impressed. "I don’t know what he’s doing," Scott said earlier in July. "If he’s saying that’s what he’s doing, then that’s what I believe he’s doing."
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM

After having a recent meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak, Nick Young is reportedly confident he'll be on the Lakers opening night roster to begin the 2015-16 season.

The Lakers were reportedly shopping Young this offseason, but they weren't able to find much interest for a guy that shot a career-low 36.6 percent from the field to go with averages of 13.4 points and 2.0 three-pointers per game. Young said that he'll be working on his decision making, playing off-the-ball and off-ball defense this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how many minutes per game he can earn next season with the addition of Lou Williams to the roster. He's not a great guy to target in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 4:19 PM

The Lakers have reportedly decided not to trade Nick Young.

The Lakers have decided to hang onto Young after making calls around the league and finding no takers, according to Bill Oram of the Orange-County Register. This doesn't mean the Lakers aren't against trading the 30-year-old, however, as the signing of Lou Williams more or less makes Swaggy P expendable. While he is capable of putting up a big game once in a while, Young can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 9:22 AM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that Nick Young can be a "core player" next season despite the fact that the Lakers added Lou Williams in free agency this summer.

"He has to convince our coaching staff he can play within the system," Kupchak said of Young. "That doesn’t only mean score the ball. That means defending and doing the little things, which I know he can do." It's interesting to hear Kupchak say this because Young was reportedly on the trade block earlier this summer when the Lakers were trying to clear up cap space. However, Young's minutes will likely take a hit with D'Angelo Russell and Williams in the fold, so he shouldn't be targeted in fantasy leagues next year.
Jul 11 - 2:17 PM

Nick Young is a "strong candidate" to be traded by the Lakers, who are working to free up salary-cap space for Roy Hibbert.

L.A. may also need extra cap space to complete their agreement with Brandon Bass, and unloading Young's $5.2 million salary would be a big step in that direction. There's no word about which teams might have interest in Swaggy.
Jul 5 - 7:47 PM

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.

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Lou Williams
3Marcelo Huertas
SG1Jordan Clarkson
2Nick Young
3Jabari Brown
4Michael Frazier II
SF1Kobe Bryant
2Ryan Kelly
3Metta World Peace
4Anthony Brown
5Jonathan Holmes
PF1Julius Randle
2Brandon Bass
3Larry Nance
C1Roy Hibbert
2Tarik Black
3Robert Sacre