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Nick Young willing to take a hometown discount to stay with Lakers

Jun 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

Nick Young AP

The Lakers only have three players locked up with guaranteed contracts for next year in Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre, but Nick Young could become the fourth if he chooses to pick up his player option that’s worth a little over $1.2 million for the upcoming season.

That’s not likely to happen, but that doesn’t mean that Young is necessarily looking to leave Los Angeles.

Young loves playing for the Lakers, so much so that he may be willing to give the team a hometown discount of sorts in order to stay wearing the purple and gold.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Though he considers the Lakers “his first choice,” Young will opt out of his $1.2 million player option before the June 25 deadline. That would allow Young both to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent beginning July 1 and possibly leverage a larger deal with the Lakers. Young sounded specific with what he hoped the Lakers could offer after averaging a team-leading 17.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting primarily as a backup forward.

“Just more years. I believe I deserve more,” Young said Wednesday in an interview with this newspaper. “That’s up to my agent to do that for me. The Lakers are home, but things could happen. With free agency this year, it’s going to be crazy to see.” …

Young sounded serious about considering a hometown discount.

“It depends how much the discount is,” Young said. “But as a player, everyone wants a place they feel comfortable at. I feel comfortable in L.A. But I can’t keep taking these discounts. I need a raise a little bit. But if it’s for the right cost and they’re bringing in players and I fit into the rotation, then I’ll probably take a pay cut.”

Young doesn’t seem like he’s asking for dollars here as much as he’s asking for a multi-year deal that would guarantee him some sense of security.

He’s happy playing in L.A., and the Lakers will need to fill out the roster with players like him that can be productive on smaller-salary deals.

But the Lakers won’t do anything to compromise their cap space in advance of the summer of 2015, when a whole host of desirable free agents will hit the open market. Young may indeed find his place in Los Angeles, but he’ll likely need to continue to compromise financially in order to do so.

  1. Gordon - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Isn’t this the guy who Kobe does not allow to speak to him? Is he really in demand?

    • ranfan12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:59 AM

      they exchange trash talk, so that’s about as friendly as you can get in a horrible season

    • therealhtj - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      That would be Smush Parker – but you’re right on the in-demand part. If Jamal Crawford is worth mid-level money, then this Turkey is worth half that at best. Him playing for 1.5-2mil isn’t that much of a haircut considering no contender is really going to offer him a deal. To go to a weak team in an even weaker market, being LA born and raised, I’m sure it’s worth it to him to take a smaller paycheck to stay in LA.

      The big question is would they really want him? All he did was put up meaningless stats when they’d play other teams better at tanking than the Lakers were last year (his 41 against Utah late last year comes tom mind – dude acted like he’d just won a championship). Ultimately he and his idiot coach just cost the Lakers a better draft pick. Besides, it’s not like there’ll be many shots to go around should Kobe prove healthy.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Keep Swaggy in LA!

  3. rrhoe - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I would love to know how he came up with the “Swaggy P” moniker…..

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      He said that God gave him that name in an interview with Big Boy. Lol

      • dyn0myte - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        Actually, God spoke to him IN a Big Boy (the popular nationally franchised restaurant).

        God appeared to him in the form of the famous Big Boy Double Decker Hamburger.

        He was fulfilling – and very tasty…

    • money2long - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      God came to him in a dream.

  4. ranfan12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    would likely benefit the lakers to keep him. i just hope they don’t offer him a silly number and expect him to take it lol

  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I love Swaggy P. I will be pretty disappointed if he’s not brought back.

  6. lakerade - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Will be interesting to see his open market value. I liked the development in his game last year but the Lakers won’t be making him a priority. I’d say they care more about Bazemore and Kelly, in no small part because those two come at a much cheaper price, which is kind of the point for now.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Mr. Young,

    Do NOT ask Kobe about giving home town discounts…

    On the other hand…

  8. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Somebody that actually wants to stay with a team? And offering a bargain? Wow. Hats off to Swaggy.

  9. emdawt - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    He competes and he is fun in the locker room. I hope the Lakers can resign Meeks, Xavier and Kendall, too.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      And Bazemore and Johnson!

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      …and most importantly Pau!

  10. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I get the feeling Young just wants the Lakers to commit to him and show him they want him and he knows they can do this with the length of his deal. He is willing to take a discount on his salary, what he wants is just stability and predictability of the future.

    It is a no brainer to bring him back.

    Marshall, Nash
    Bryant, Young

    That’s a pretty solid back-court. Bring in another PG in case (when) Nash goes down and that’s a backcourt that will win games at a fairly low price.

  11. wowwowbad - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    I’m not sure Kobe will like this guy once he comes back and play alongside him. Young is a poorman’s version of J.R.Smith. He can give you 30pts at times, but if he gets cold he hardly break out of it, and while he’s never a defensive guy, never a effort guy, I really doubt that he will stay.

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