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Lakers News: Nick Young Willing To Take Discount To Remain With Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers signed Nick Young to a relatively cheap deal considering his production on the court this season. With Young leading the team in scoring, it only makes sense that he would opt-out of his deal in order to receive the money he feels he deserves.

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Young has made it clear he wants to remain a Laker, and though he wants to be paid what he feels he deserves, he is still willing to take a bit of a discount to remain in Los Angeles, according to the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina:

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.

This has to be good news to both the Lakers, and fans who want to see ‘Swaggy P’ back in purple and gold next season. The Lakers are re-building the team right now, but they also want to retain their cap flexibility so they can go after big-name free agents in the coming years.

It is because of this that the team, according to Medina, is wary of giving out long-term contracts to role players, even ones as valuable as Young:

With Kevin Love available in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016, the Lakers would be foolish to sacrifice an opportunity at getting one of them.

Young being willing to stay here for less money increases the likelihood of him remaining with the Lakers, but he will have his options, and the Lakers lack of a coach doesn’t do them any favors either.

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Once July 1 hits, Young will be one of many players that the Lakers will have to make a decision on. Until that time, all anyone can do is wait.
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  • Star

    5.8 Mil for 3 years??

    • Star

      i should probably fix this….3 years, 17.4 Mil(5.8 Mil each year)

      • the_lorb

        If you hate the Lakers, that would be a great deal.

      • nlruizjr

        NY is a player LA fans will pay to come and see so yes, 5.8 yr. is a good offer for NY, this is just ridiculous for the Lakers to cut everyone a cheap contract just because of KL, so you see KL implying that he still wants to play for the Lakers, no he’s for anyone that will pay him the bucks and the Lakers want to throw caution to the wind, what’s their plan after KL signs with another team, is Mitch going to go and cry on Jimmy’s shoulder, this FO sucks !!!!!

    • cj

      5 years 20 sounds better. remember this is a home town discount he will be lucky to get a 5 mill a year offer from other teams.

      3m-3m-4m-5m-5m

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Swaggy P is on his way to becoming a laker fan favorite and legend….

    • independentbynature

      Well,I don’t eat their babies,but I hate them all the same.And Bill Simmons,too.My 2nd favorite team is whoever is playing the Celtics.

      • vdogg

        bill simmons IS a douche.

    • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

      Nice name. lol

      • iEATcelticBabies

        thanks joe… (( burp ))

  • SWAGGY C

    FO don’t make our billboard go to waste!!!!!!

  • DKWTTY

    I want him back and he’s definitely underpaid. He should get the JR Smith type deal but I want to see if he can play the same way next year before they give him a new deal but with the way the Lakers are going I don’t think he’d accept that 1.3 mill again. Why take a discount for a bad team going nowhere. If they get a good enough team together he should definitely come back.

    • Chrmngblly

      Right you are. He deserves a fair raise and a reasonable contract that works for everyone–like a 2 year deal with a team option. If they get the right coach of the Spurs and most of these guys come back and Kobe and Nash are healthy, and they get a decent pick in the draft, the team will be much more competitive than many think. I am most concerned about our center position after the right coach, of course.
      How are you today, Ma’am?

      • DKWTTY

        Yes I agree except the Nash part lol. I don’t expect anything out of him and he’s such a defensive liability as our PG. Nash can enjoy sitting on the bench and helping coach. I’m very well today, thank you. How are you today, Sir?

        • Chrmngblly

          I am well. I also wish no one ill health, including Nash. If he’s well, he is easier to trade.

          • DKWTTY

            Hmmm you think some sucker is willing to take him off our hands for 9 million?? LOL!

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. NY will take his expiring contract and Pau Gasol for Tyson Chandler. Maybe…

          • DKWTTY

            Not with Phil Jackson there now. He knows better than that.

          • Chrmngblly

            Huh? Especially with Phil there. I expect him to try to scheme some way to get Pau onboard, since he is switching to the triangle. This would give him a way to do that and also unload Tyson Chandler’s bloated contract.

            I hate to help the “enemy” but it would also help the Lakers.
            We could really use a rim protector.

          • DKWTTY

            Phil would love to have Pau but I don’t see him wanting to take on Nash’s salary. If anything he’d try and grab Pau’s younger brother. I like the idea though. Tyson would be good for us.

          • Chrmngblly

            He would have to take Nash’s contract in order to dump Chandler’s even bigger salary. Nash expires at the end of the year, so that would be cool. Chandler has one or two years left. Even if we got Embiid, we still need someone to teach him.

          • comrade24

            apparently Philly is.

      • Rita Long

        No more Nash sorry we ever got Him on this team.

        • Chrmngblly

          That’s why I recommend we trade him for the value of his expiring contract to get someone we can use–like Tyson Chandler.

    • the_lorb

      The JR Smith deal is a fine example of a bad contract for a bench player, and the type of deal that kills a team’s chance to get productive starter.

      • DKWTTY

        No it’s not. J.R. Smith is a drug addicted loser who has no dedication. Nick was in the running for 6th man of the year, doesn’t party, drink or do drugs and loves playing for the Lakers. Did you see how much effort he put into games and how angry he got when we would lose? JR’s deal is like $5 mill a season over 4 years. That won’t put us in a hole. That’s the same Jamal Crawford makes, Jason Terry, JR Smith like I said, Corey Brewer, Tony Allen etc. He’s productive enough that he could be traded later too, unlike J.R. Smith.

        • cj

          a 5 year 20 million deal sounds about right.

          3m-3m-4m-5m-5m

          • the_lorb

            Signing a career journeyman to a 5 year contract that expires when he is 34 years old “sounds about right?”

            A career journeyman that has only had one year at league average for PER, and about 7 years far below league average? Seriously?

            You must be joking…

          • cj

            yes with the way he plays he wall all ways be tradeable.

        • the_lorb

          Saying that Nick Young was in the running for 6th Man of the Year is like saying that LaMarcus Aldridge was in the running for league MVP. They weren’t anywhere close to getting the award and had the same voting results.

          And if you think that Nick Young is the same quality of player as Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson, you need to start watching NBA games. Also, Jason Terry is terrible now. He averaged less that 5 ppg last year.

          • DKWTTY

            Yeah okay if you say so. That is the most terrible comparison I’ve ever seen. LA was never winning any MVP award, it was always Lebron or KD. Nick was projected as one of the top choices for 6th man and the 6th man award is nowhere near the same as MVP. That’s terrible logic.

            It’s not about how terrible Jason Terry is. Why pick ONE player out the list? You’re talking about role players when that’s about the average most role players MAKE! Let alone one who puts up 18 points in 28 minutes. How is Nick far off from Jamal Crawford? DO YOU WATCH NBA GAMES? The only thing he does better than Nick is 2 more assists. Nick is a better 3 point shooter and has a higher FG% but you keep listening to the blogs and media. Dude choked in the playoffs, save me the dramatics, he is no Lebron. Plus Nick is 5 years younger. Paying Nick $5 mill a season won’t put the Lakers in the poor house. Argue that.

          • the_lorb

            The thing about my comparison is that Nick Young came in 10th place in sixth man voting. Lamarcus Aldridge came in 10th place in MVP voting. And if you think Nick Young is a sixth man frontrunner because he jacks up tons of bad shots and never passes the ball or plays defense…

          • DKWTTY

            That’s solely because the Lakers sucked oh and because he’s a Laker. The media and fans hate us, you know that. You really think there wer NINE players off the bench better than Nick? That’s funny. Once again you’re spewing nonsense. So a man who has a higher FG% and higher 3 point FG% than the actual 6th man winner puts up bad shots? Wow. You realize that makes no sense right?

          • Chrmngblly

            Are you talking about Kobe???

          • nlruizjr

            don’t understand why you hate Nick, how many players coming off the bench score 18ppg. Yes, I remember when Nick jacked up alot of shots but so did a lot of PG/SG, so you going to hate them too, beside with the Lakers paying cheap contracts, how many A players do you think will want to come and play for low pay. lighten up !!!!

          • comrade24

            Jacks up a ton of bad shots? that generally go in.

            Never passes the ball? On that team, if you’re Nick Young… who WOULD you pass the ball to?

            Never plays defense? totally wrong there. I do seem to remember him drawing a game winning charge. The TEAM defense was atrocious last year, that’s because it was never practiced. Not Nicks fault.

          • Chrmngblly

            I plan to start watching NBA games, now that you suggested it…:-)

          • comrade24

            lol

          • Chrmngblly

            :-)

          • nlruizjr

            is J. Crawford and T. Gibson scoring 18ppg, NOW ????

          • the_lorb

            Were the Clippers and Bulls letting opponents score 130+ points on them regularly?

            Nick Young plays terrible defense off the ball. Scoring 18 ppg when you allow the guys you are defending to score 21 ppg.

            Defense wins championships.

          • comrade24

            Nick Young would have probably won 6th man if the Lakers were competitive. you’re not going to win 6th man when your team wins 27 games. This year he might actually win it if we’re competitive

    • jim

      The Lakers will have a hard time getting good players until Kobe and Nash are gone! t least Swaggy contributes.

  • Baby Jordan

    Whatever happens he should comeback for cheap like opt in and do work.

    • Chrmngblly

      Swaggy’s one of only 2 or 3 bright spots from last year. I’d like them to keep Meeks and Bazemore, too.

  • Jim213

    I’d sign Bazemore and Brooks who play and all around game. NO D, no point in picking up a bench player.

    • A Fan

      I agree with Bazemore. Dunno about Brooks but I think he has a 2.3 mil team option which can be used as a trade asset.

  • steve

    The minimum sounds about right for a 29 year old one dimensional player who’s only proven he can lead a 27 win team in scoring.

    • J Taylor

      Did you watch Young play?
      Your post seems like you didn’t.

    • Chrmngblly

      If we had 4 more like him we could have made the playoffs.

    • Nexzen

      Watch more basketball, read a book, gain some knowledge before posting.

  • Badazztj12

    This is great news man, now we pick up bazemore with 1 million or 2 for 2 years. Thats good because they can both play sg or sf which is good because kobe dont have play big mins plus both can handle the ball.

  • Rita Long

    We do not care about taxes we are the Lakers.

  • Rita Long

    How about Demarcus Cousins. Bad Boys are Lakers.

    • Chrmngblly

      I would have given one of my nuts if Mitch would have traded Howard over on DMC and Tyreke or Isaiah—or DMC and parking lot trash. I said so at the time, too. JB needs to listen to me instead of his pothead bartender friends.

      • nlruizjr

        I hear ya, I’ve always pictured Cos on the lakers, hope it happens soon.

        • Chrmngblly

          He just inked an extension. :-(

          • nlruizjr

            SUCKS, lakers can’t catch a break !!!!

      • comrade24

        i never wanted Howard to come to LA. always said he was a prima donna crybaby with NO offensive game.

  • J Taylor

    More Mitch cap magic.
    In 2013/14 he earned $1M and has a cap hold on that amount.
    In 2014/15 he can earn as much as the team wants AND exceed the cap via Bird rights in doing so.
    - Genius & a Done Deal (3 yrs – $15M)

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