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Lakers News: Nick Young Happy To Be In Control Of Free Agency Reviewed by Momizat on . The man known as 'Swaggy P' has grown into a huge fan favorite throughout this season. With so many injuries to the Lakers this season, someone had to step up a The man known as 'Swaggy P' has grown into a huge fan favorite throughout this season. With so many injuries to the Lakers this season, someone had to step up a Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Nick Young Happy To Be In Control Of Free Agency

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The man known as ‘Swaggy P’ has grown into a huge fan favorite throughout this season. With so many injuries to the Lakers this season, someone had to step up and become the face of this team, and that player was Nick Young.

Young will be entering free agency this off-season, and will likely demand a some good offers from other teams, assuming he opts out of his contract as expected.

The Lakers conducted their annual exit interviews today and according to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, he is looking forward to being in control in of his free agency situation:

Young’s play this season got the attention of everyone around the league. He led the Lakers in scoring despite playing primarily off the bench this season and he has shown that he can get his shot off against anyone, an important skill in this league.

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Now that Young has enjoyed his most productive season of his career, he can relax at least for a little while during the off-season. Though, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, GM Mitch Kupchak warned Young about taking too much time off:

Young has shown himself to be an excellent player and teammate this season, and he genuinely wants to remain in Los Angeles. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make, but one of the first will almost definitely be trying to bring Young back.
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Nick Young With A Special Message For Lakers Fans Before Their Last Home Game


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  • Daryl Peek

    Would love to keep Young as a Vinnie (the microwave) Johnson type of bench player. The market will determine if he stays. Young may be willing to give a hometown discount but it will not be a situation where he turns down a lucrative offer by another team because at 28 soon to be 29 in June, he needs to get that paper while he can.

  • Jim213

    I’d sign Bazemore and Meeks (better all around) and with KB24s return no need to overpay players who’d be getting major minutes on the bench next season.

    • Daryl Peek

      I like Bazemore’s upside and you know how I feel about Meeks. I’d rather have Young as a bench player if forced to choose between the three. Meeks will command a bigger role that may see fit for his Lakers exit. Kent is the cheaper option and could be kept as he’s more versatile than Meeks or Young. Can’t build a roster til you decide who’s going to lead them, be it MDA or unknown.

      • Jim213

        Yes, this is why I’d rather go with Meeks/Bazemore as they’re more adaptable in an all around sense. FO shouldn’t overpay any of these players which especially applies to Gasol. However, don’t think that Hill may stick around especially if it takes FO sometime to figure out the HC position.

        Someone would pay him more than what the Lakers would offer but IMO he’ll likely end up with a minimal role or lesser minutes wherever he goes unless it’s a bottom inconsistent dweller team.

  • Bad Boys

    Nick Young is a scorer that can get hot and go cold just as fast pass on this dude.Nah he is no Vinnie Johnson that is for sure more like Jamal Crawford.

  • Douglas Carlson

    Nick Young and Kobe won’t exist. Kobe would not put up with all his showboating. Also he’s a run and gunner and no defense. This system was fit for him. Lakers are not going to be like that next year. Let him walk and save the money.

    • Joe Peterson

      Couldn’t agree more

  • Lakers Fan

    I’m glad he feels this way. I hope he chooses the team he feels is right for him and gives him the best opportunity to shine. I would love to keep Nick, but we have other players who are more versatile than him. He provides instant offense and can light it up, but he lacks in the defensive department and will have a more reduced role come next year. IMO Bazemore, Meeks and maybe Henry(if the FO feels he can stay healthy) should be brought back due to their ability to contribute on both sides of the ball. No knock on Nick cause he is one hell of a player, but we need to focus on defense going forth. We’ve suffered enough in that department the last two years.

  • ken

    note to Swaggy P: Dont let the door hit you….

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