The Los Angeles Lakers are in absolute turmoil not only because of their having another awful season, but because of locker room drama surrounding veteran Nick Young and rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, the latter of whom is in hot water for secretly recording Young seemingly admitting to cheating on fiancé Iggy Azalea.
Russell has since become persona non grata in the locker room, but a report from ESPN suggests that Young may be the one who suffers more in this case. Per the report, written by Arash Markazi, ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler suggested the idea that Young may be the one released since the Lakers’ roster is set to undergo a great deal of turnover this summer, with only six players guaranteed contracts for 2016-17. Thus, with Young out of the picture, Russell could have something of a “fresh start,” as Markazi put it.
But will the Lakers execute such a move? Young has two years remaining on a four-year, $21.3 million deal he signed with Los Angeles back in 2014, of which only one is guaranteed, and he is set to earn $5.4 million next season. That’s a lot of money for the Lakers to eat just for the sake of locker room harmony even if Young is having the worst season of his career, posting just 7.3 points per game while shooting 34 percent from the field.
Look, all drama aside, the facts are crystal clear. Russell screwed up, plain and simple, but the Lakers aren’t going to get rid of last year’s second overall pick in the NBA Draft just because he did something petty and stupid. Rather, better to either put the two men together so they can have it out over the matter and be done with it so that all parties can move forward. Not for nothing, this locker room drama isn’t going to fly for the long-term.
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