It’s time to face the reality that Nick Young could leave the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. Yes, we may only have seven games of Swaggy P remaining.
While Young has long been expected to opt-out of his current deal this summer in order to pursue a more lucrative deal, in an interview with Scott Howard-Cooper from NBA.com, the 28-year-old scorer gave the strongest indication yet that he’s planning to hit free agency in July.
“A little bit. It’s a mystery, though,” Young said when asked whether he’d made up his mind about his player option. “I’ve got to keep y’all on your toes. That’s what Swaggy P does.”
So, why is Nick planning to opt-out this summer? Because he knows he’s worth more than the $1.2 million that he’s set to earn next season.
“Most definitely. I deserve much more than that,” Young said.
However, in a perfect world, Young would like to re-sign with the Lakers and stay in his hometown for the long run.
“Most definitely I want to stay home,” Young said. “With the changes I see, they’re going to do some big things this summer. Of course I want to be a part of a championship program and get a chance to compete next year. But we’re just going to see what happens. I’ve got to sit down with my agent and see what happens this summer.”
The Lakers are set to have heaps of cap space this summer, though it’s not yet clear how much money they’ll be able to spend without it hurting their chances of signing a max free agent either this offseason or the next.
If Young is offered a pile of cash by another team, the Lakers might just have to let Swaggy P walk.
Hopefully, though, Young will grant the Lakers a hometown discount. That way, there’s a much better chance that he and Lakers management will find some middle ground and agree to a new deal.