HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

April 10, 2014 Updates

Young, who can opt out of his $1.2 million contract for next season with the Lakers to test free agency this summer, said he anticipates a lot of upheaval in the team's future. "I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," Young said after practice Thursday. "You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It's obvious they're going to make some changes." ESPN.com

Young made it sound like he thinks those dreams can be realized. "I'm very confident," Young said when asked about his chances of returning to the Lakers. "I think we're going to come to some kind of agreement and hopefully it happens. We just got to see what they're going to do." ESPN.com

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That’s because the Lakers have expected Young will opt out of his $1.2 million player option that will make him a free agent this offseason, leaving open the possibility he could attract more lucrative offers from other teams that the Lakers won’t match. Despite Young recently conceding to NBA.com that he believes he’s worth more than his current salary and that he would like for other teams to pursue him this offseason, his agent told this newspaper that it remains presumptuous whether his client will opt out of his contract. “It’s obvious what Nick’s value is, but I don’t want to get into that right now,” said Mark Bertelstein, Young’s agent. “He wants to finish the season strong. It’s hard if someone comes up and asks him these questions. We’re not proactively worrying about next year right now. We’re worrying about the moment. He’s done a great job of that and that’s what we want to continue to do. I couldn’t be prouder of the guy. He’s had a great year. We have a couple of weeks left in the season. If Nick is asked those questions, he’s in a tough spot. But Nick’s energy and focus is without question playing the games right now.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Burglars struck the L.A. home of Lakers star Nick Young last night ... WHILE THE LAKERS WERE PLAYING ... TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement confirms ... cops are investigating at the home Nick is renting in L.A. Sources tell us ... Nick came home after defeating the Orlando Magic at Staples Center around 11pm and noticed an upstairs window was broken. TMZ.com

We're told the scumbag (or scumbags) ransacked the master bedroom -- taking several expensive items ... including Louboutin shoes, jewelry, clothes, Louis Vuitton luggage and more. Our sources say they believe the crooks were so bold, they walked right out the front door ... which was unlocked when Nick got to his home. So far, cops say no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified. TMZ.com

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, prior to Sunday’s game against the visiting Orlando Magic, was told of a recent conversation that took place between Nick Young and Pau Gasol, who apparently want to do everything they can to avoid being the worst Lakers team since it moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. The 1974-75 Lakers went 30-52. These Lakers are 22-46 and would have to go 9-5 over their last 14 games in order to accomplish what Gasol and Young want. That would make them 31-51. “They probably should have had that conversation a little earlier, first off,” D’Antoni said, drawing a large round of laughter from assembled reporters. “But you know, hey, great, whatever we try to do is good.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 22, 2014 Updates
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Nick Young said he expects to play Friday night when the Lakers (22-45) host the Washington Wizards (35-22). "I'm feeling good," Nick Young said. "Ain't too much Swaggy can't do out there." Young, who gave himself the nickname "Swaggy P," fractured his left patella (kneecap) on Feb. 5 in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. After returning Feb. 23, playing 19½ minutes against the Brooklyn Nets, Young went back to the sideline after feeling discomfort in the knee. "I'm just going to be out there, doing my thing, smiling," said Young, who will play against the team that drafted him with the 16th overall pick in 2007. "I'll probably get a tech tomorrow." Los Angeles Times

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Young and Farmar have been rivals going back to high school in the San Fernando Valley, where Young played for Reseda Cleveland and Farmar for Woodland Hills Taft. Farmar won three of four head-to-head meetings in college and got to rub it in again last month at the Galen Center when he attended UCLA's 10-point victory over USC as Young's guest. "He didn't want to pay his bet," Farmar said. "I just made him pay for my valet and it was all good." Los Angeles Times

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