Retaining Nick Young Will Help Los Angeles Lakers Push Through 2014-15
The one bright spot, or should I say swaggy spot, in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ season has without a doubt been Nick Young.
Young was not supposed to have such an enormous impact on this team as Los Angeles offered him a measly veteran’s minimum contract last summer, basically to fill a roster spot. However, “Swaggy P” has meant much more than just a roster spot not only to the team, but to the fans as well.
Lakers fans are in love with this guy. From his personality to his amazing four-point plays, excitement has been the name of his game. Despite constantly smiling on and off the court, Young has also proven himself as a scrapper, getting in multiple altercations throughout the course of this season. Unfortunately, reports broke a week or so ago that Young would in fact decline his player option for next season, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
With the idea of preserving cap space, retaining Young seemed out of the question until today. During an interview with Serena Winters, Young stated, “This is home, I would love to finish off here as a Laker. My kids get to go to school and say my dad’s a Laker — that’s big!”
Prior to that statement, he also called taking less money to remain a Laker “definitely” a possibility. If this was the same Young of the Washington Wizards, fans would be terrified. But, becoming a Laker has seemed to turn his entire career around.
Although, no deal is imminent, expecting the two sides to begin discussing an extension once he ultimately decides to opt out would be pretty realistic. Los Angeles can always use a solid bench scorer, something they have desperately missed in past years. A solid supporting cast is absolutely a requirement if the team has any intention of competing in the near future.
Retaining Swaggy P’s excitement will aid Lakers fans in chugging through one more season before pursuing free agents such as Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015.