Young signed with the Nuggets last December, but was waived three weeks later after appearing in just four games. He didn’t receive a training camp invitation this fall and realizes that retirement might be near.
“This is pretty much like my last year, if nothing happened,” Young said. “I’m just going to call it, it’s over. No more Swaggy P.”
Young has carried the “Swaggy P” persona through 12 NBA seasons with a mix of brashness, style and explosive offense. His best season came in 2013/14 when he averaged 17.9 points per game for the Lakers, and he was an important reserve on the Warriors team that won an NBA title in 2018.
“I’m a champion now,” Young said. “I’m just all around cool guy that played basketball. Kind of a Dennis Rodman, I think changed the way people dress for the tunnel now. Everybody want to get dressed up and I post pictures on Instagram, and be outgoing. I think that I had a major effect with that. I see people and it’s like damn, that had something to do with me.”
Whether another team is willing to take a chance on the 34-year-old free agent remains to be seen. He had brushes with a couple of franchises this summer, joining the Knicks for offseason workouts and attending a veterans’ mini-camp the Rockets held in Las Vegas last month.