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Lakers’ Nick Young going to test free agent waters

Apr 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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From the minute Nick Young signed his contract with the Lakers he intended to opt out of the second year.

Young is making $1.1 million this season and can choose to stay with the Lakers at $1.2 million or become a free agent. The latter was always the most likely, and that’s before Swaggy P (as he calls himself) averaged 17.3 points a game off the Lakers bench and has shot 37.5 percent form three. He has a PER right at the league average of 15.1 but he’s making millions less than a league average salary.

He wouldn’t be definitive, but when Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com talked to Young he all but said he was going to get paid next season, by the Lakers or somebody. Does he see himself as a $1.2 million player?

“Oh, no,” Young said. “Not at all. Most definitely. I deserve much more than that.”

And Swaggy P wants to have a lot of teams chasing him. “Yeah,” Young/P said. “He most definitely does. And I believe a lot will. That’s a solid answer right there.”

Young has shown he can light it up off the bench, which he did for a Lakers team racked by injuries. He had to take on more offense and he ended not only scoring more than he has before in his career (he was at this level in points per game one year in Washington) but more efficiently than ever before as well.

Young has earned a raise. He’s going to get one, the question now is where. The L.A. native would like to stay with the Lakers but with that team’s uncertain future it’s not a given. And like every player, while he says it’s about winning and all that, we know it’s about the money.

“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.”

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    NBA median salary is 1.7 mil.

    • notinmyhouse56 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      With all his flaws, Swaggy is still an above average NBA player. Not by far, but still

      • adamsjohn714 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        No. He’s not. He’s a slightly below average shooter who jacks up a lot of shots, doesn’t grab many rebounds, and turns it over more often than he gets an assist. Not exactly a defensive stalwart, either. Way below average player.

    • mytthor - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Median and average aren’t the same thing.

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        very good

      • notinmyhouse56 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM

        Of course, what I meant is that median salary is for average players

      • mytthor - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Not true, though. The median salary is paid to below average players, since the guys at the top of the scale skew the average so far from the median.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Do your thing swaggy p. smh

  3. chicagosports2014 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    THEY CANT WIN GAMES WITH NICK YOUNG AND STEVE NASH ON THE SAME TEAM ANYWAY, I EVEN NO THAT WHY YOU THINK BEN GORDON WASNT A GOOD FIT FOR THE BULLS, defense.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      I don’t see why they can’t. Most of the loses are from very sorry defense, and you can’t blame that on steve and nick being teammates

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      LOUD NOISES!

  4. lakerade - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Go get it, Swaggy! This season’s play definitely didn’t hurt, especially the efficiency and commitment to defense. I don’t think the Lakers will pay, but any contending teams needing instant offense and extra hustle might.

  5. fordmandalay - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Maybe then he’ll be able to afford a decent haircut HEY I’M JUST SAYIN

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Noooo!

    Welp…he’s not coming back.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    He’s not worth too much more, considering he can’t even start for the worst-in-several-decades Lakers.

  8. davidly - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    Wake up Swaggy, I think I got somethin’ t’ say to you
    It’s late in the season, the Lakers ain’t giving you much more, fool
    You still miss most of your shots.
    But the weather elsewhere’s not so hot
    Oh, Swaggy, be happy with a little more

  9. harshedmellow - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    He’ll get in the range of 4 years 24 mil. Good for him.

    He’d take half that to play with Kobe and under D’Antoni. Not.

    Dude could maybe stay in LA but as a Clipper. That’d be pretty cool.

    • xonxrocket - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      He already was a Clipper and it was far from cool for him or the Clippers

  10. ranfan12 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    It was amazing they were just ale to get him for 1 mil this season. Definitely proved his worth very fast

  11. bhunter1995 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    His stats are on par with his career averages. The last time he saw this many minutes per game he averaged 17.4 PPG and shot around the same %. Its not that he has stepped up his game, he got more minutes. All that being said he definately deserves 3-4 million per year and he can get more out of a desperate team that will overcompensate for a bad team, bad location or both with more $$$. He could see a raise to the 5-6 mil range if his agent plays his cards right.

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