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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak ‘Hopeful’ To Bring Back Nick Young Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="283"] Veteran guard/forward Nick Young officially opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Even though the Laker [new_royalslider id="283"] Veteran guard/forward Nick Young officially opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Even though the Laker Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak ‘Hopeful’ To Bring Back Nick Young

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Veteran guard/forward Nick Young officially opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Even though the Lakers seem intent on making a run at LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, re-signing Young isn’t out of the question and GM Mitch Kupchak hopes the team is able to bring him back:

“We anticipated and expected that Nick would choose to become a free agent,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in the official Lakers press release. “We very much appreciate his contributions to last season’s team, and we will hopefully be able to bring him back. However, he, his agent and the market will dictate his future direction.”

With Young coming off a career-year with the Lakers, the journeyman has increased his value on the open market. Young chose not to opt into his second year with Los Angeles that would’ve paid him $1.2 million, but the move was expected considering he’ll likely be offered much more by interested teams this summer.

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The Lakers have not ruled out re-signing Young, but there’s been no indication as to what his asking price will be and if the storied franchise is willing to pay that amount.

Along with Young, the Lakers will have plenty of other players hitting the free agent market from last season’s roster. Young will join Wesley Johnson, Xavier Henry, Kent Bazemore, MarShon Brooks, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar and Pau Gasol in free agency.

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Only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are under guaranteed contract to return to the Lakers next season. Kendall Marshall has a non-guaranteed deal at $915,243 and is expected to be retained. Second-year forward Ryan Kelly’s fate will be determined on June 30 with the team having the option to make him a restricted free agent.
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  • AK

    Bring back Young, Meeks, Hill and Farmar, and find better players threw free agency to fill the gaps .

    • sadsad

      you want to bring those scrubs back that won 25 games?

      • AK

        They arnt scrubs their good role players everyone else I didnt mention are.. They would make for a great bench.

        • the_lorb

          After the team gets a Starting PG+SF+PF+C with the $30 Million in cap space, then they will hire a coach.

          After doing those two things, then it is time to worry about bench players. Nick Young is a 29 year old bench player with no upside. The other players you mentioned are replacement level.

          All of the players you mentioned are not priorities.

          • DKWTTY

            Then who do you replace them with….

          • the_lorb

            Melo, ariza, luol Deng, Channing Frye, gortat, granger, LeBron, Lowry, Monroe, Marion, collison, augustin, parsons, Isaiah Thomas, Evan turner, and Vasquez are all available and upgrades.

          • DKWTTY

            For the bench??? You said after we get our starters together worry about the bench later and this is about Nick. Those aren’t bench players, the chances of some of them playing for us isn’t very high and the rest aren’t better than Nick.

          • the_lorb

            Why do you care so much about the bench? For bench players to matter at all you need starters. The Lakers have ONE starter.

            I would focus on getting four players that I listed, then I would focus on hiring a coach, then I would focus on the bench.

            If the Spurs lost Parker, Duncan, and Ginobli at the same time, they wouldn’t be worried about the bench. They would worry about replacing their starters. Think about it.

          • DKWTTY

            Because any championship caliber team needs a good bench. How is that hard to understand?

            Trailblazers – great starting five, horrible bench=L
            Thunder – great starting five, horrible bench=L
            Heat – great starting five, horrible bench=L
            Spurs – great starting five, great bench=W

            This isn’t always the case but most times it is. Kobe is 36 years old and coming off of two big injuries. He can’t play 40 minutes a night anymore.

            I know we have to worry about our starters. No one said get our bench guys back first. We are just saying we’d like them back.

          • Glend miller

            Nick Young and Meeks are two players the Lakers really need next season!! Nick especially! He’s exciting!!!!!

      • Josh

        btw those scrubs are our bench players and they had to play with maby 1 of our actual starters practically the last half of the season. Lets not forget in the beginning of the season our bench was on track to be best bench in the league.

  • sadsad

    bring him back for 3m/year and if not let him go

  • the_lorb

    The Lakers need to find starters at 4 different positions. They have about 50% of the cap space left over to make it happen. Why is Lakers Nation worrying about bench players?

    • sadsad

      not me, they all scrubs tbh

    • DKWTTY

      Because we need depth. That’s the reason Kobe injured himself because he had to do everything, that’s the reason old man Tim Duncan who likes to be compared to Kobe just won another title. He averaged under 30 minutes per game last season because San Antonio had depth so he could rest. How you expect to win with no bench?

      • the_lorb

        Do you first make plans for the cab ride back from the airport before planning all other aspects of your vacation?

        It makes as much sense as picking the bench before picking the starters and coach.

        This is a full rebuild. You need to build the foundation first.

        • DKWTTY

          No one said they had to sign Nick before getting our starters in order though, just that we’d like him back.

          We’re talking about the Jim Buss Lakers here so actually yeah he probably is planning the cab ride first. There are apparently in no rush for anything while other teams are making moves. We’ll see what happens after tomorrow night. They have to do something, that doesn’t change my opinion on Nick though. We still need a solid bench.

    • MM

      Because Miami had good starters and no bench. Dream teams cant play the entire game.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    im not big on begging players back billboard to me its not the Laker way but I don’t mind having Swaggy P back but hope we get him for cheap

  • VillainKing

    Bring back Swaggy P Lakers!!

  • BULL

    RATHER TAKE MEEKS THEN SWAGGY P.. ITS BECAUSE OF HIM WE ENDED UP 7TH NOT 6 LOL .. seriously I would def bring back young with x henry and farmar

    • Jet Hampton

      Then you take Meek, but bring back Nick Swaggyp Young. NICK IS THE sh&t . Just get out the way and let a Star like Swaggyp shine.

  • jay

    I wouldn’t mind the Lakers adding Shaun Livingston though.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    In other words, “We’re not going to try to outbid other teams for him. If someone wants to overpay him, let them.”

    • yourmother

      He would take a pay cut to stay with the Lakers, he said. Stfu idiot

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Idiot? Really? All I said is Mitch will not engage in a bidding war for Young. If he offers Young $5 million over two years (real possibility) and the Warriors offer $20 million over 4 years, Mitch will let Young decide and not try to match other offers.

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