Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young told the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina that he's working things out with teammate D'Angelo Russell and he is not certain whether or not he'll be back with the team under new coach Luke Walton next season:
"We're teammates," Young told the Southern California News Group. "It's been so long, so it's kind of old.
"We'll be able to work it out. We've already been working it out. It out his what it is. I can't be mad forever."
Young added he sensed "good vibes" after talking with Walton a "couple of times" about his possible role. But does that mean the Lakers might plan on keeping Young?
"I left the conversations feeling good. But at the end of the day, I don't know," Young said. "We'll see. I hear so much. You don't know what to believe."
A few thoughts:
1. Forgive me if I don't see Young's comments as heartwarming. A reminder: Russell accidentally leaked a video of Young talking about being unfaithful to his then-fiancée, Iggy Azalea, and Young allowed the public to largely vilify Russell for it. He is still acting as if he, not Azalea, was the victim here.
2. If the Lakers do keep Young, he'll likely have to earn his minutes. His best attribute is his shooting, but he only made 32.5 percent of his 3-pointers last season and Los Angeles added Brandon Ingram and Jose Calderon to stretch the floor this summer. Young will presumably be behind Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams in the shooting guard rotation to start the season.
3. One thing working in his favor: Walton will likely have the Lakers playing a much more modern style than they did under Byron Scott. That means a faster pace and more 3s, which is good for Young.