Nick Young Says Pau Trade Would’ve Ended Season For Lakers

Nick Young Says Pau Trade Would’ve Ended Season For Lakers


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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Now that Andrew Bynum has been traded to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng, the rumors surrounding Pau Gasol’s immediate future have died down for the time being. Gasol may still ultimately be traded before the NBA deadline on Feb. 20, but he’s not going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum.

With the Gasol-for-Bynum swap being the main topic of discussion recently, the team hasn’t been able to avoid the distraction like Gasol has done over the last few years. Nick Young went as far as to say if the trade went down it would’ve indicated the end of the team competing this season via Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

Despite the 14-20 record, the Lakers’ locker room has been on the same page with a bunch of a hungry young players that want to right the ship. Young has played a big part in the locker room coming together this season with head coach Mike D’Antoni being one of the veteran’s biggest supporters.

If Gasol was shipped out in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who would’ve been waived immediately, it would’ve almost certainly signified the Lakers calling the season a bust.

At this point in time, it’s hard to see the Lakers being competitive in the Western Conference moving forward. Along with the injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry, the team continues to struggle, losing seven of the last eight games.

Only time will tell if the team can turn it around with Young and Gasol leading the way, but if they don’t stop the bleeding soon, the attention will shift to the 2014 NBA Draft and potential targets in free agency this summer.
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  • Marty Susman

    HELLO< we want the season over with a horrible record so they can get a real first round pick of a player that will be here for the foreseeable future….

  • Jim213

    SMH, wouldn’t have mattered given their current condition, play, and injuries. At best 500 avg. team but will lose tonight. Should’ve kept his mouth shut… but does this mean they’ll step up and play better now?

    • Lakers Fan

      Injuries, poor play, poor defense, inconsistency, and bad rotations is the reason the Lakers are where they are now. I know Nick Young has confidence, but he can’t really think this team will turn it around, even when Kobe gets back.

      It’s about to be the second half of the season, and the schedule is not doing them any favors. They will indeed lose tonight, possibly all their road games on this upcoming road trip. They have 10 out of the next 11 games on the road, and I simply don’t see them doing anything that will indict that this team can make any noise. It’s just not in the books for them this season.

      Nick Young has done what he has done this year, but it’s on other players to step up. The defense has got to get better, and I just don’t see it happening. You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t put forth effort that confidence is a waste.

      • Jim213

        Yes, as (projection) has been brought up previously.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I thought the season ends in April LOL hahahaha?Pau Pau Pow Pow!!!!!!!!!!!