NBA trade rumors 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement forced Lakers to trade Nick Young to Atlanta Hawks
What will be the future of Lakers without their star player Kobe Bryant? There are many people who believe that the team is going to suffer badly in the absence of its marquee player.
Kobe Bryant has announced his retirement from the competitive game and he will hang his boots at the end of the season. This is the reason that almost everyone is guessing as to who is going to replace the star player in the next season.
Things are going to move quite fast in this regard as the issue cannot be kept in abeyance indefinitely. The team management has to decide as to whom to bring on the place of Kobe Bryant. There are reports that as the Los Angeles Lakers are moving on without Kobe, they may have to trade one of the team’s valuable talents, Nick Young.
Of late the team hasnâ€™t been doing well. Right now Los Angeles Lakers are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 3-17 record, indicating that the franchise is ready to rebuild for the next season. But as per Eric Yee of Lake Show Life, the Lakers should start getting ready for next season as early as now, and that means trading Young.
A report by Baxter Holmes of ESPN says that Lakers coach Byron Scott is likely to not include Young for the next few games despite being healthy. It was reported that Young’s non-inclusion has something to do with his remarks about the Lakers being a “circus” due to Bryant’s excessive playing time that causes LA’s losses. But Young not getting any activities could mean a trade is about to happen.
There are now further rumors on this aspect of the trade. Yee recommended that one of the possible destinations of Young is the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are currently doing well in the Eastern Conference with a 13-9 records. But the competition in the East is tougher and other teams are waiting around to make it into the top-eight. Young would rapidly improve the Hawks’ bench shooting problems and could fit well under Mike Budenholzer’s offensive system.
Now there are speculations that the Lakers may actually go for a young talent like Tim Hardaway Jr, who has been hardly used by the Hawks. The ESPN trade machine put forward a trade of Young in exchange of Hardaway and Shelvin Mack. Hardaway could be part of the Lakers’ transformation process, but the 16-time NBA champ would perhaps prefer a future draft pick.