Free agent to-be, Nick Young, will opt to decline his player option for next season, entering himself into the free agency market beginning July 1st. The main reason for deciding to opt out of the final year of his contract is not because of any displeasure with the Los Angeles Lakers, but rather an attempt to ink a long-term contract.
Young is coming off a 2013-14 season in which he made a major impact on a injury-ridden Lakers team. Despite suffering numerous injuries himself, Young was able to still record a career high 18 points per game, including multiple 40+ point games. His eccentric personality and ability to bring excitement to the arena every single night made him an immediate crowd favorite whether at home or on the road.
Certainly a turnaround for Young, as he was a key member of the trio of knuckleheads with the Washington Wizards a few years back alongside his buddies Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. Washington is where Young adopted his selfish, statistical-based reputation, tarnishing his brand for years to come. As a result, Young bounced around the league a bit, including brief stints with the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the Los Angeles Clippers, before ultimately signing a veteran’s minimum deal with the Lakers. Young was immediately able to wipe his slate clear of any past negative judgments by willing the team to victory on numerous occasions in addition to his noticeable improvements on the defensive end of the floor. Fans and media personnel could truly see how serious Young took the opportunity to play for the Lakers through his performances on the court on a nightly basis. He not only is worth a long-term contract, but deserves one as well.
With all of that said, Los Angeles must pull the trigger on offering Young a generous but fair contract. His bench production will be a necessity for the future as the team attempts to build a contender for one last run while Kobe Bryant is still active. Taking care of the scoring situation while the stars are taking a breather on the sidelines is difficult in itself, but the Lakers seem to have the perfect man for the job and that is Swaggy P, Nick Young. To make his case even more feasible, Young has gone on the record, stating he is willing to take a bit of a discount if it meant remaining in the purple and gold for the remainder of his career. He is a Lakers fan at heart and fans will always embrace his exciting play.