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Los Angeles Lakers Must Make Re-Signing Nick Young a Priority

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In the middle of possibly the team’s worst season in history, the Los Angeles Lakers are only looking towards the future at this point. Mostly everybody on the Lakers is going to become a free agent this offseason including star, Nick Young. “Swaggy P”, as he calls himself, has boosted both his game and image in his very first season with the Lakers.

Prior to signing with the Lakers, Young’s value was at an all-time low as the majority of teams viewed him as a selfish statistic driven player. In addition, he was mostly seen as a ball hog and some sort of a black hole when on the court. Therefore, Young was only offered a one-year deal on the veteran’s minimum by GM Mitch Kupchak.

Fortunately, Young has been able to revitalize his career this season despite the team sitting at 18-35. He has tried his absolute hardest to will the team to victory both offensively and at times defensively. Young has made it a priority to improve his defensive game and to take smarter shots. To say he achieved these goals is an understatement as he has on numerous occasions taken charges and swiped the ball from the opponent.

Furthermore, Young has, of course, shown that he can still light up the score board with a ton of 20+ point games including a 31-point effort against the Chicago Bulls. It’s not only his basketball skills, but his personality as well that has had Laker fans instantly fall in love with Young. He is always positive even after blow out losses and really seems to leave it all on the court. Young is unquestionably the one bright spot in what has been a dismal season.

Los Angeles has to re-sign him to keep fans happy especially if the team plans on waiting one more year to go after a big name like Kevin Love. The Lakers have really struggled to produce off the bench in past years and retaining Young will almost guarantee 15 points every night.

Joseph Crevier covers the Los Angeles Lakers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RealJoeCrev, and Facebook or add him to your network on Google.