HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

June 18, 2014 Updates

Though he considers the Lakers “his first choice,” Young will opt out of his $1.2 million player option before the June 25 deadline. That would allow Young both to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent beginning July 1 and possibly leverage a larger deal with the Lakers. Los Angeles Daily News

“Just more years. I believe I deserve more,” Young said Wednesday in an interview with this newspaper. “That’s up to my agent to do that for me. The Lakers are home, but things could happen. With free agency this year, it’s going to be crazy to see.” Los Angeles Daily News

“It depends how much the discount is,” Young said. “But as a player, everyone wants a place they feel comfortable at. 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.” Los Angeles Daily News

“I think I could stick to my same role and help out Kobe,” Young said. “He has to come out of the game sometime. If they get another good player, they have to come out of the game sometime. I’ll be their Jamal Crawford. The Clippers have a sixtman of the year. The Lakers need to have one too.” Los Angeles Daily News

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May 28, 2014 Updates

Veteran shooting guard Nick Young, who led the Lakers in scoring this season, has a player option for the 2014-15 campaign worth $1.2 million. A source very close to Young recently told Basketball Insiders the Los Angeles native would prefer to wear a Lakers uniform next season despite the uncertainty of the team’s roster and the vacant head coach position. However, the source fully believes Young will elect to opt out of his deal this summer in order to fully evaluate his options on the free agent circuit in July. Basketball Insiders

According to the source, the purpose of opting out of his deal would be driven by the desire to lock up a more lucrative long term contract with the Lakers. But at the end of the day anything can happen during free agency and that’s where keeping all options open has importance. Basketball Insiders

May 16, 2014 Updates

Nick Young says God gave him the 'Swaggy P' nickname in a dream. Lakers guard Nick Young posted the video below to his Instagram on Thursday evening, and on it he finally explains where the “Swaggy P” nickname came from. For The Win

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April 24, 2014 Updates

Nick Young threw out a ridiculously inaccurate first pitch earlier this week. To help commemorate the errant throw, the Lakers posted this video on Vine. Full of swag. Young is a free agent this summer, but he joked last week that Mitch Kupchack was going to resign him for $100 million. The Lakers should consider it a hometown discount. The Big Lead

April 23, 2014 Updates

Nick Young’s team may not be in the NBA playoffs, but that didn’t stop him from having possibly the greatest night ever at the Kings’ game on Tuesday. He wore his own custom Kings’ jersey. And more importantly, got to sit on the Zamboni. For The Win

April 18, 2014 Updates

Swaggy was spotted outside a club with his Target-loving girlfriend Iggy Azalea, and he wasted no time drunkenly telling the TMZ cameras about his lady’s posterior (hint to the fellas out there: don’t do that). When the TMZ videographer asked Young what he thought about people calling for Mike D’Antoni‘s job, his eyes glossed over and he slurred out, “Damn, it’s a shame what happened to D’Antoni.” Dime

April 17, 2014 Updates
April 15, 2014 Updates

The Lakers' radio and TV affiliates had been notified: Bryant would grab a microphone and say a few words on fan appreciation night at Staples Center before Sunday's game against Memphis. He didn't show up. Nick Young took his place and thanked Lakers fans before tipoff, calling them "the best in the world." Los Angeles Times

It was a surprise to many, including Lakers radio play-by-play broadcaster John Ireland, who announced to listeners that Bryant was about to talk to fans before correcting himself, "No, wait. It's Nick Young." Bryant arrived late to the game because of a migraine, a team spokesman said. The Lakers lost, 102-90. Los Angeles Times

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

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