Knowing he may not be back with Lakers next year, Nick Young wants to play again this season


This dark season would’ve been a whole lot worse if it wasn’t for the entertaining ways of Swaggy P.

Nick Young signed a two-year deal with the Lakers worth $2.3 million this past summer, though the 28-year-old has a player option at the end of this season, and judging by his comments today, it looks as if Young will opt-out of his deal this offseason in order to become a free agent.

Young injured his knee back on February 5, though he returned to the court on February 23.

However, after the game, Young admitted that he had returned too soon and has been out of action ever since.

Even though there’s only 16 games left in this season, Young is still aiming to come back this year, if only so he can enjoy wearing the purple and gold for a few more weeks.

“I feel like I did a lot this year for myself,” Young said, according to Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News. “For me, I want to go out there and end it on a good note and get out there as this could be my last couple of times here. You never know. But I’ll always be a Laker fan for life.”

When healthy, Young has shown that he is most definitely worthy of a contract larger than the minimum.

In 49 games this season, Young has averaged 16.8 points per game while shooting 35 percent from three-point range. The L.A. native’s points per game average jumps up to 17.8 in the 40 contests where he’s come off the bench.

For these reasons, Young will surely receive interest from a number of NBA teams this summer, and as always, whether Nick returns next season will depend on how much he’s getting offered elsewhere.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering