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Agent for Nick Young says it’s no certainty his client will decline player option for next season

Feb 22, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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When Nick Young signed with the Lakers prior to this season, he almost certainly took a deal below what his maximum value was on the open free agent market.

While his shot selection is questionable at times, he’s a capable scorer who has proven to be able to put up numbers consistently, and has averaged 16.9 points in 28.8 minutes per game for L.A. this season.

There are plenty of teams that would pay more for that type of production than the $1.2 million Young will make with the Lakers if he picks up his player option for next season.

But playing in Los Angeles has its advantages, and Young’s agent said his client would prefer to remain with the Lakers, making it far from certain that he’ll choose free agency.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

This week, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak credited Young for having a “great year,” averaging 16.9 points per game and showing a better commitment toward defense. Kupchak then added, “my guess is he’s going to opt out” of his $1.2 million player option in hopes of securing a longer and lucrative deal.

Young politely declined to address Kupchak’s foreshadowing. But Young’s agent, Mark Bartelstein told this newspaper it’s presumptuous to think Kupchak’s prediction will pan out.

“Nick wants to be a Laker,” Bartelstein. “But his focus right now is to get healthy, get back on the court soon and finish rest of the season. That’s a conversation Mitch and I will have, but it’s too early at this point to talk about what he’s going to do.”

If Young wants to guarantee his spot on the Lakers roster for next season, then picking up his player option may be the only choice.

Including Young, L.A. has only four players signed to guaranteed contracts for next season. As the team looks to turn things around with a complete overhaul of its roster, the way it gets constructed may not leave room for Young, especially not at a higher contract number over a few more years.

  1. shanelsweet - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Nick better take that player option. It’s getting tough to get a big contract when you’re a “capable scorer”, but you don’t take the game seriously and all you’ve ever done is lose.

  2. 00maltliquor - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I hope he picks up his option.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Would love it if Noodles Nick Young came back to the Lakers next year, especially at the price he currently is signed for. That said, I think this is just his agent posturing. He could make a fair amount more in FA this year. Whether it would be wise to sign him to more is a fair question, but I’m sure someone will do it.

  3. jcrileyesq - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    if he picks up his option his name should be changed from swaggy p to stupid p

    • shuttaman1990 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      He can change that name to stupid p all right, but then he can change it back again to swaggy p the next day, but you’ll but stupid forever.

      lakers all day.

  4. Professor Fate - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    He won’t exercise his option because we all know nobody wants to play on Bryant’s team. Right, trolls? Trolls? Is it already that late? Oh, yeah, after 6 pm, they’ve been tucked into bed.

    • muhangis - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      LOL.

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