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Lakers News: Team Reaches Out To Free Agent Nick Young

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With NBA free agency officially underway, the Los Angeles Lakers took to the phones in order to express interest in the free agents that caught their eye on the open market.

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Quite a few of those phone calls went to players that were on the Lakers roster last season including sixth man Nick Young, according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

After an impressive first season with the Lakers, Young elected to opt out of his deal in order to test free agency this summer. Young has every intention on re-signing with the Lakers as long as they give him a boost in salary.

If Young were to opt-in, the veteran guard/forward would’ve made $1.2 million next season. Obviously, after averaging a team-high 17.9 point per game last season, Young feels he deserves a raise.

With the Lakers seemingly intent on going after LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Young will have to wait to see if there is a future in Los Angeles. Young quickly became a fan favorite while playing in purple and gold this past season and many hope for his return, but the market will likely dictate whether the Lakers re-sign him.

All signs appear to point to Young returning with all the support he’s received from the fans and the organization, but it remains to be seen if the two sides can come to an agreement on a new deal.
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  • fuck nash man

    nick young, xavier and the other scrubs that got the Lakers 25 wins–worst record in Lakers history–should not return. Let them scrubs go.

    • http://www.sportsblog.com/profile/Wytols Wytols

      Because why should we need a player of the bench who scores almost 18 PPG? Your username says all what we need to know.

      • Al Haldie

        I agree with you – anyone talking like that has no brains.

      • R A Campbell

        My friend u don’t know basketball! !!! We most definitely need a player like young coming off the bench to score 17 plus a game!!!! Do u remember Michael Cooper coming off the bench hitting all of those 3 pointers back in the day to support Magic n Worthy n the rest of the show time crew….. Cooper played a major role in winning those titles. U MUST HAVE A STRONG BENCH TO BACK UP THE STARTING 5……U MUST!!!!!

    • truth24

      Right right them players scum trash. Worst season in Laker history and pot head Jim and Mitch wanna roll with these chumps? wtf!

      • Tune

        It was a team of mainly bench players with even them getting injured. Of course it was the worst Lakers season.

    • jeremy

      so dont bring back the perfect bench player. it not like were bring back the whole team. lakers want to mix and match players from last year with new players they get

      • comrade24

        don’t bother with reason. obviously he’s one of the myopic lakers fans who can’t see the big picture

        • Giovanni Gz Moncur

          I agree

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      When building a team, you keep the pieces that work well, and improve the ones that didn’t. Young was a great scorer, especially off the bench. Why would we let a solid role player, and potential sixth man go because he was a part of a shitty team?

      By that logic, the Cavs should get rid of Irving and the Celtics should toss Rondo. Both players were a part of shitty teams, right?

      • jeremy

        well rondo could be gone if they are looking at thomas

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          I think Rondo’s days are numbered with the drafting of Smart, but you get my point. Getting rid of someone just because the team was shitty (coach lost the locker room, injuries running rampant) is a poor idea.

          • jeremy

            yea cant just let go of people if they played for a bad team. you have to keep the ones that work and add new ones to improve

          • Flair For The Gold

            Nick Young has terrible shot selection and low BB IQ also he is a ballhog he never passes the ball and he is a career loser he has never been on a winning team for a full season as he once was a late addition to a Clippers team that got swept in round 2.Maybe you like the scoring off the bench but factor in his defense is not that good either and all the other stuff i mentioned and you might come out of this wanting someone else.I would take Thabo over this guy.I would take Avery Bradley over Nick Young.I would take C.J. Miles over Nick Young.

          • Jordan Kellogg Wallace

            Terrible shot selection but shot 38% from 3 and 46% inside the arc and only.contributed 1.5 to on and turnover prone team. Scored 17 points per game. Sounds like a good BACKUP SG for Kobe. Young is not going to be handlig the ball as much as he did last year so the ball hogging won’t be a factor. You think Young gonna get 30 touches with Kobe and whoever they sign im hoping a Lowry or Thomas and Marshall comin off the bench as good a passeras he is. Lakers need bench production and scoring to reduce Kobes mins.

          • What

            What you are missing is the fact that he played for a coach who benched you for playing D and wanted anyone to shoot the ball as much as possible truth be told Young should have avg. more than 17 there is a reason he has never been able to stick with a team or get a big contract HES NOT WORTH IT all the FO in the league know it b/c he is from Cali we dumb laker fan can’t see at least some of you can’t let him walk if he wants anything over 2yrs 6 million I REPEAT MITCH LET HIM WALK

          • Tune

            He’s worth 4-5 million easily

          • DKWTTY

            That’s right! Drop that KNOWLEDGE on these haters!

          • shin

            Totally agree Flair for the gold. Basketball is not all about scoring. Could you tell about this to Lakers front office?

          • DKWTTY

            Thabo? Did you see him in the playoffs? He was terrible.

          • comrade24

            hahahaha Thabo is TERRIBLE. The only reason the Thunder kept him around for so long was to guard Kobe when he was in his prime. Now, if you could put Thabo and Swaggy together you’d have an amazing two way player.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        We seem to see things differently most of the time, but I agree with you 100% on this one. Also by that logic, the Lakers have had years when they should have dropped Kobe, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Vern Mikkelson. The Wolves should waive KLove. The Heat should have dropped Wade a few years before their first title. The Celtics should have cut Paul Pierce before their Big 3.

        As for Nick Young, I’m all for him coming back…as long as it as strictly as Kobe’s backup and the price is no more than $2-3 million per season.

        • rival almighty

          I agree. We won championships with guys like Sasha and Walton swaggy is immensely better than those guys

      • Truth B Told

        We agree on this one…….Swaggy P played like he was proud of wearing that Lakers Purple and Gold…..He was the bright spot along with Meeks that kept the Lakers faithfuls interested during a very bad episode this past season……Swaggy P.

      • nlruizjr

        well said, IDK why some Laker fans have no reasoning skills whatsoever !!!!

    • Silly Fat Guy

      Nick Young lol what a joke he is on Shaqtin The Fool.

      Silly Fat Guy is out

      • Al Haldie

        AND stay OUT..

    • Tune

      Never take a job in a sports front office.

    • Josh

      In the beginning of the season those scrubs were on track to become #1 bench in the league. . . They had to play against starters all season.

    • R A Campbell

      Wait a minute please!!! We do need nick young to come back…I don’t care how good your starting 5 are.. u need a strong 6 n 7 man coming off the bench. …So we most definitely need to keep nick young…who ever don’t agree with that….DON’T KNOW BASKETBALL! !!!!

    • Adriel Cherreguine

      The players you mentioned are all usually comes from the bench. They don`t usually play a starting role, but they had to due to injuries in the team. I mean LAL had bench players starting for a deteriorated starting line up due to injuries who got 27 wins is not bad man. What if we`ve got a healthy Nash,Gasol,Kaman, Blake and Kobe whole season long. What possible standing could we got ? . And that Nick Young, played with a lakers heart throughout the season. And also that Mike D`Antoni fucking style killed that LAL.

  • thisstinksagain!!

    Billboard?? Not again! Last time this lame idea was used was with Daffy Dwight Duck. This is the Lakers not a middle school class president campaign!

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      From what I understand, the billboard was not the Lakers’ idea, it was LakerNation’s.

  • VillainKing

    Lakers sign back Swaggy P we need “SWAG”

  • Sti1lmatic

    We need Nick Young to come off the bench and score.

  • jeremy

    for the right price i wouldnt mind him back

  • Jim213

    Lakers likely called everyone on their wish list being plan A and B. No surprise tho Young’s likely at the bottom of the list.

    • Tune

      I doubt it, he put up great numbers and proved he would be a frontrunner for sixth man of the year.

      • Jim213

        Nick’s more plan b, but he did put up good pts offensively tho struggled on the defensive end.

        • Tune

          His defense hardly matters, he’d be a 6th man and he’s one of the best in the league when it comes to that. Only players I’d say can rival him are Crawford, Reggie Jackson, and Ginobili.

      • Bo

        Nick Young is a low priority and even if the Lakers strike out on all the free agents then still the Lakers shouldn’t pay the inept defender and low basketball IQ loser Nick Young more than $2 million per season.Nick Young is a ballhog that takes terrible shots.He makes stupid plays and is never willing to share the ball that just won’t work on a team with Kobe and Carmelo on it.Let Nick Young just leave.Waste of time for us to keep him he sucks.

        • Tune

          Do you understand what the 6th man role is? Nick Young is the epitome of a 6th man. High scoring guard that can drop 20 points from the bench while igniting the team with their energy. He wouldn’t be playing aside Kobe or Melo if we somehow got Melo. He’d be in the 2nd unit. Do you even watch basketball? Sounds like you’re some salty dude who just watches YouTube videos of Shaqtin a Fool and ESPN/YouTube comments all day.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Do you know what the sixth man is? It’s the first guy off the bench. He often plays more minutes than some starters. He plays most of his minutes alongside other starters. Nick Young would not be that kind of player if Kobe is healthy; he would just be Kobe’s backup, because there is no way those two can coexist on the floor.

          • Tune

            Yet Kobe does like the energy and how tough he was last season.

        • Adriel Cherreguine

          Do you know what you mean ? Have you ever watch Nick Young played with LAL last season ? He wouldn`t play that when Kobe is around, he`s a back up for Kobe. But because Kobe was injured, he had to started out for the 2 spot. He will contribute more on LAL even if he comes from the bench, a back up for Kobe and Melo or Ariza (If we got).

      • comrade24

        honestly, if the lakers would have finished the season the way they started it, hovering around .500 or better, i really think Nick would have been a serious candidate for 6th man. Hopefully he can win it this year in Purple and Gold!!!

  • MISSING OUT ON F/A

    If we wait for any Miami F/A to decide what they want to do there will be no good F/A left they are never leaving Miami its a smoke screen for teams with deep pockets to miss out on the players available meanwhile they make there sales pitch to other F/A watch will be lucky to get melo alone

  • TeddyOrwell

    Bring back Nick, just don’t rely on him as much as last year. He should have never even been in that position, but the injuries of Kobe and Nash forced the Lakers hand. He’s a great role player providing some bench scoring punch. Stay Swag!

  • Jim213

    (FA)ville:

    Shaun Powell ‏@Powell2daPeople
    “Pacers are targeting Xavier Henry in free agency to replace Evan Turner.”

    Mark Medina: Jodie Meeks received calls from a “number of teams” including Lakers.

    Mark medina “Lakers reach out to Kent Bazemore.”

    Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo) Pat Riley has called Luol Deng‘s rep to inform them of interest.

    Jared Zwerling (Bleacher Report): Trevor Ariza’s after a deal ($8-11 million range) and likes the idea of playing in a warm-weather city.

    Per Dave McMenannin: “Clarification on previous Trevor Ariza tweet: PHX, LAC, LAL, MIA, DAL, UTA, CLE & WAS are the teams to contact him so far tonight.”

    Sam Amick ‏@sam_amick
    “Luol Deng is right there in the popularity contest: I’m told Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Lakers, Clippers and Chicago have registered interest.”

    The Clippers are reportedly interested in Ed Davis.

    Sources: Heat free-agent list to include Steve Blake, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion

    • Zimmeredge

      There is definitely something weir about hiking lol deng. The guy is meant to take a 8-10m a year and they have lebron. Same for ariza. Those guys aińt back up players or role players.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        The Heat don’t care about positions. They’ll play Lebron at center if they have to.

        • Zimmeredge

          They do care about cap Space. Lebron is asking a Max contract or around what he earns right now. To bet on deng is a waste of money. They have bigger needs like a center and back up or starter at the sg position.
          Riley is making calls to those guys because he has to be careful. Lebron, bosh putting a lot of financial pressure on the fo

  • KB24

    4yr(19-20mil)

  • Lakers Fan In 626

    Nick Young better leave since Kobe and Carmelo command lots of money and lots of shots that is the writing on the wall for Nick Young.Join the Clippers Nick Young.

    • BULL

      been there done that.. why u think the Clipps let him go.. come on man.. know Clipper name dropping here.. this Laker nation homie!

  • Selman

    lol yall kill me…and call yourselves laker fans smh. yeah last year team was not the best but where is your loyalty. everybody talking about bring in this player bring in that player, but i guess just forget about the TEAM we already have. yall not laker fans yall are player fans! last year’s team put in the work, of course they werent the dream team (maybe the sleep team) but when you think about it, they will be the best bench in the league next year. all those guys now have the confidence to know they can play 80+ games in the NBA, they are more experienced now, and they are battle tested. so now when they come off the bench the 2nd unit will be light years better than other 2nd unit teams. That is the positive of last year team. The ones that earned it, bring em back! you need guys on your team that know bout that struggle life, they not gonna fold under pressure

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I like what you’re saying here, but not many of those guys played 80+ games… I think only Wes Johnson played at least 80, and that was one of our biggest problems.

    • BULL

      for we can lose again. don’t forget these bench players at best want more money.. why spend more money to lose?

    • AK

      they really give us a bad name, 3 weeks ago slandering lebron now their crying for him to come here smh

  • Badazztj12

    I would like Young, The X Factor, and Gasol to comes back. Bring back sessions for starting pg

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    If I’m the Lakers front office, every free agent has to undergo the Matt Barnes test this summer. Barnes averaged $1.8 million per season in his two years with the team. If you don’t bring more to the table than that dude did, you don’t get an offer bigger than that. In my opinion, Nick Young < Matt Barnes.

  • Monix

    What’s with the fans’ fascination with Swaggy No-D?

    • BULL

      entertainment.. that’s it and a good scorer off the bench. why not give Kobe more rest by letting this man play. but Young have never fit into a good offense, he do not know how to pass.. that’s why im happy the Lakers are trying to get an impact player and wait on the bench… go after Ariza and Lowry then we can start with Gasol then Young, then farmar, and hopefully Meeks, doubt Meeks tho.. he should get plenty of offers

    • AK

      there is only like 4 players you guys think have defense cause you fail to see defense takes a team effort

  • comrade24

    We gonna sign anyone soon or just sit around and wait on Melo and Lebron to make their decisions? I think the latter is a terrible idea. We should go after at least one fa first. Right now we have almost an empty roster. Not too appealing. If we could sign one or two players first at least Melo would have some idea of who he would be playing with instead of just an aging Kobe, washed up Nash, and an unproven rookie

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Patience. Everyone is waiting to see what happens with Lebron and Melo before signing lesser players.

      • comrade24

        i know this but we have basically no roster for them to come to. If we could add say a point guard or a center before we meet with them, it could help with the recruiting process

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          There is a game I have seen before where the challenge is to fit a bunch of rocks into a jar. If you don’t start with the largest rocks first, they will not fit when you try to put them in later. You start with the big rocks, then let the smaller rocks fill in the space around them.

          • comrade24

            yeah, i see what you mean. The problem is these rocks have free will and don’t want to go to an empty jar.

          • comrade24

            FUCKING PISTONS just signed Jodie Meeks. see what i mean, we’re gonna dick around for a few weeks waiting for Melo and Lebron (who everyone says is a long shot anyways) and we’re going to be left holding our proverbial dicks in our hands.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I’m sure his agent called Mitch and told him about the offer. Mitch said, “Ain’t no way we’re offering that much. Been nice knowing ya.”

        • BULL

          we only have 24mill cant start taking in contracts wout knowing we will have the money for either one of them.. me personally I want Ariza back.. we can afford him and Lowry try to get rid of nash and we can resign Gasol, Young and who ever else

  • Jerome

    D List player with a F for attitude Nick Young is a locker room disaster.Pass.

  • Stay swaggy

    Nick young is a good bench player why would we let him go?
    Just because we might get lebron or melo?
    You guys really don’t know how to make a team.
    Just because you have a bunch of talented players on the floor won’t make the team good.
    First of all Kobe melo are gunna have to start passing way more
    And secondly the lakers only had the worst season because there whole roster was bench players execpet pau and Nash late season
    But I think they did alright with what they
    Had
    And all the “bad players” ratings went up

    • BULL

      at this point its not about James or Melo.. its about bringing in an player that can make a huge contribution to the team assembling. Young will contribute, just off the bench. He’s not starter material and he’s not a small forward, which we desperately need! so as soon as the Lakers take care of some holes, not all but the important ones like small forward and PG, then we can get to the bench.

  • rival Almighty

    At this point swaggy wouldn’t even be a bench player he’d be a starter at the 3

    • BULL

      I just cant see him at the 3 bro.. I mean he would spend most of his energy playing defense to all the small fwrds in the league. this is a small fwrd/ guard era we are watching now. all the good players are now small forwards. Here or anywhere else, Nick go, he will always be good coming off the bench. for those type of players you will have to wait like the Lakers are doing to make sure you get a Franchise player or impact player before you worry about the bench.

      • rival almighty

        Yea I was just saying we don’t have a 3 at this point. Personally I think randle would be beast at the three. Small fwds would have as much trouble guarding him as he would with them

        • BULL

          I was thinking that, but do you think he might be a little slow? I mean he is a perfect height but im skeptical on how his lateral defense will be with the quicker forwards like Melo, James, George, Wiggins, Parker, Parsons, and Hayward. I think him operating under the basket along Pau*I hope* will work tremendously …

          • rival almighty

            I really wasn’t fond of him when we drafted him but he’s been growing on me look at his handles and has really good speed with the ball for a big dude. As far as defence, we would need a defensive minded coach

          • BULL

            true , but if Gasol comes back, we just need to control and lead the league in rebounds and we will be fine..

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        According to basketball-reference[dot]com, Young played 56% of his minutes at the SF this past season. He already is a 3 bro.

        • BULL

          HAHA and Wesley Johnson played some 4.. what does that mean? and he was not effective at the 3 because he shot every time he had a chance too.. so to me he was still a shooting gaurd

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Call him what you want because it really doesn’t matter. Small forwards shoot the ball, too. Shooting guards pass the ball. I guess Shaq was a shooting guard since he shot every time he touched the ball.

          • BULL

            smh .. ok josh .. at the end of the day, Nick can play the 2 or 3.. just not for Lakers.. and that shaq statement you just said really did not make any sence.

  • Vernon

    Why did Lakers Nation put up a billboard of the clown act Nick Young to stay???Waste of carboard and advertising space this is a horrible chucker and he must go.

    • Badazztj12

      “WE” as the fans did this not LakersNation this time

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I sure didn’t have any part of it. #StayPau

        • BULL

          ahhahahaah

        • AK

          *staystiff

  • Marvin

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO He brings a losing culture with him.He sux.

  • rival Almighty

    Give him a break he’s not worst than Sasha

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Sasha was a scrappy defender. Nick “never thought about” defense–in his own words.

      • rival almighty

        I guess Sasha never thought about offence

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I hope you’re kidding. The Machine? He called himself that because he was such a good shooter.

          • independentbynature

            Mostly in practice only,though.LOL.

          • AK

            thats why he aint in the league no more he also cost us game 5 up 21 points to the celtics in 2008 with that “defense”

      • AK

        nick plays solid defense

  • Marcelo

    We should sign
    Thabo Sefolosha.

    Thabo Sefolosha plays great defense and hits the 3.He is a 3 and d guy maybe the best in free agency as a defensive stopper.

    Pass on Nick Young he is a selfish loser and should never comeback.Fans will turn on him as they will see his bad side.

    Thabo is a much cheaper option and a better person also a steady levle headed guy the ultimate team player.

    OKC didn’t even call Thabo yet he is being pursued by a few teams.

    • jeremy

      thabo can sure hit the 3, last season he only hit 31% of his 3s.

  • jeremy

    what so wrong with young, sure he was on a bad team so what. he still played pretty well. isnt most 6th man just good scorers.

    • Marcelo

      Thabo Sefolosha>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Nick Selfish Young

      • jeremy

        do lakers want defense or a guy who can score. looks to me they want a guy who can score off the bench.

        • BULL

          do me a favor and look at all the best players on each team you will find that there is more small forwards then any other position that’s dominatin the league today. so yes we need a defensive minded 3 that can also stretch the floor and go to the rack.. ARIZA or DENG.. I WOULD PAY ARIZA .. COME BACK HOMEEEEEEE

          • AK

            nick can play defense too there just wasnt any TEAM defense last season and deng and ariza are REALLY injury prone

      • rival almighty

        I like sef but we talking about two different roles here. Maybe we need both sef and young

  • roseducanna

    YOUNG, HENRY, BENZ. comeback for bench.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Benz?

  • DKWTTY

    I wonder if they called Marshon Brooks *giggles*

  • mark

    my sources tell me jodie meeks to Detroit

  • tyraydiggin

    Nick young can create his own shot off da dribble he can spot up iso in my opinion bad coaches dont devolpe players I seen him burn d wade n lebron in iso

  • AK

    Nick can play solid defense he takes good charges . People need to realize good defense comes from a team effort 1 player cant guard the other 5 alone . Dantonis system made everyone look like they had no defense.

  • nlruizjr

    Swaggy needs to be back on the lakers, he deserves it and the Lakers need to recognize this and give him a decent contract (3 yrs, 16mil.)

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