SACRAMENTO — Lakers forward Nick Young will not face any NBA-imposed suspension for his flagrant foul 2 in Friday’s game against Oklahoma City, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Young will be fined $2,000, as is customary for anyone assessed with a flagrant foul 2. But the NBA will not penalize him with any additional fines, the league source said.
Young traveled with the Lakers (8-18) in case he could suit up for today’s game against the Sacramento Kings (11-15) at Sleep Train Arena. But he left with the Lakers on Saturday afternoon unaware of his playing status.
Young called Thunder center Steven Adams a “sneaky, dirty player” that led to an Young shoving Adams’ throat with his right forearm in the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center. Young was ejected with 11:24 remaining.
Young was suspended for one game for committing a “punching foul” that hit the head of Phoenix guard Goran Dragic. Alex Len was fined $15,000 for his flagrant foul 2 that knocked Young to the floor after driving to the basket. Suns forward Marcus Morris was fined $25,000 for escalating the situation.
This season, Lakers veteran guard Ronnie Price was suspended for one game after officials gave him a flagrant foul 2 in the Lakers’ loss on Nov. 13 to New Orleans. The Lakers protested the punishment, arguing that Price attempted to stop the ball before pulling down Austin Rivers from behind.
Young has averaged 14.9 points in 24.6 minutes per game off the bench.