...Young doesn’t know for sure, but has a feeling that his reputation for flaunting the silly may have contributed to his inability to get the kind of long-term contract that he desired in free agency. He eventually had to settle for the one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer, return to the Wizards and hit the market as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
He also understands that changing perceptions can begin with a new, more professional-looking appearance — though he doesn’t believe there is any problem with having fun
"I’m trying to set the tone for where I want to be, my future and everything," Young said. "I realize how serious they take everything in the league. The cinnamon thing and everything I really do. I’m not trying to have those labels."