SALT LAKE CITY — The so-called “Swaggy DNP’s” are piling up by the game. But this time, the Lakers say it has nothing to do with inconsistent performances or Byron Scott’s preference for his other small forwards.
Instead, the Lakers said Young will remain in Los Angeles recovering from a stomach bug while the Lakers (15-58) visit the Utah Jazz (36-37) on Monday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Young also missed Sunday’s loss to Washington at Staples Center because of the same ailment. Yet, he had experienced healthy scratches for the previous seven games.
In addition toward averaging 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent clip, Young has dealt with recent frustration off the court. Activist Alexis Jones accused Young and Jordan Clarkson last week of sexual harassment near a traffic intersection in the Hollywood area, charges that Young and Clarkson have since chalked up to a “misunderstanding from both sides.” Still, those familiar with Young’s thinking has said he has increasingly considered pursuing litigation charges.