After the Warriors spent $5.2 million last summer to acquire Nick Young for secondary scoring, they are watching with a curious eye if any breakout postseason performances can offset his inconsistent regular-season. “No matter what, I’ll be somewhere. But winning a championship, I want to feel that,” Young said. “I want to feel the champagne, do the partying and all that good stuff.”
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While Young saw the Lakers’ lack of interest in retaining him with Kuzma taking his number before free agency even started, he acknowledged he was not as clairvoyant about joining the Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal through the mid-level exception. After Young’s agent. Mark Bartelstein, informed him about Golden State’s interest on the first night of free agency, Young initially sounded more confused than flattered. “They’re too stacked,” Young told Bartelstein. “They don’t want me.”
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Nick Young, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Anthony Slater: Nick Young at the Warriors facility today to sign his deal. Will chat with media briefly.
Tim Bontemps: Including Nick Young, Warriors have over $137 mil in payroll for 13 guys. With two more minimum signings, payroll & tax will exceed $188 mil
Tim Kawakami: Durant took $6.8M less than he could’ve gotten from GSWs. Nick Young got $5.2M. Iguodala got $2M more per year more than last offer.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Nick Young has agreed to a one-year, $5.2M deal with the Golden State Warriors, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.
Sam Amick: Agent Mark Bartelstein confirms Nick Young to Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal.
Chris Fedor: That’s the Warriors midlevel exception, the biggest addition they could make this summer. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Mark Medina: Even with this move, I’m told Warriors still interested in Nick Young
Durant is expected to opt out of this contract next summer, and will likely sign another one-plus-one deal before eventually landing a long-term maximum salary deal with full Bird rights in the summer of 2019. After coming to terms with point guard Steph Curry on a five-year, $201 million maximum salary deal on Saturday, the Warriors are still expected to re-sign center Zaza Pachulia and also hope to land free agent Nick Young.
David Aldridge: While waiting for inevitable Gordon Hayward Players’ Tribune story… another team making strong push for Nick Young, per sources: Minnesota.
There’s a strong possibility that either LA Clippers’ super reserve Jamal Crawford or free agent Nick Young could end up with the Golden State Warriors this offseason, league sources tell ESPN.
Zach Lowe: Another free agent expected to make his choice today or tomorrow: Nick Young, with GSW and Pelicans among leading bidders, sources say
Mark Medina: Add the Minnesota Timberwolves as another team that’s interested in Nick Young. Young also has interest from Warriors, Thunder & Pelicans
Sam Amick: While Nick Young to the Warriors remains a possibility, I’m told there are several other teams still in the mix for the Swaggy P services.
David Aldridge: Interest between Warriors and @Nick Young is mutual, real. Dubs’ intel is positive & they see role for him. But, others still in play.
Sources tell me the Warriors are in pursuit of Swaggy P. They believe their locker room can handle, even do some good for, the reputed eccentric guard. And after his production last season with the Lakers last season, the Warriors think he can be potent surrounded by all their talent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Young’s eligible for part or all of Warriors’ $5.2M exception, if he’s willing to pass on more lucrative mid-level exception opportunities. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
While the 32-year-old Young hopes to maximize his earnings on a multi-year contract for a playoff team, the Lakers want to sign players to one-year deals to save cap space for the 2018 offseason when LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook might be available.
David Aldridge: Hearing Pelicans, fresh off re-signing Jrue Holiday, will be engaging with veteran G Nick Young, last with the Lakers, today.
Young is likely to seek a more lucrative contract with a playoff-bound team, and the Lakers would like to preserve salary-cap flexibility for the 2018 offseason. “He felt like he’s at a point where he knows the Lakers are going in a different direction,” said Mark Bartelstein, Young’s agent. “They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went. Nick loves to play. He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level. That’s what is most important to him.”
Ramona Shelburne: The Lakers would have loved to have Swaggy back this year, but it’s all about cap space next year. Unlikely they’d give him a new deal
Brad Turner: Nick Young just declined his option with the Lakers to become a free agent, per source.
Brad Turner: Nick Young was due to make $5.6 million next season.
Tania Ganguli: Asked Nick Young if he plans to opt-out of his contract this summer. Said he hasn’t decided, but would love to be here/see young guys’ grow.
Young might opt out of his $5.7 million player option for next season in hopes of a more lucrative deal. “I’m a wanted man now,” Young said, smiling. Young and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said they have not decided, but Young prefers to stay with the Lakers for obvious reasons. “It’s L.A. I’m from here, family is here,” Young said. “I’ve been here for four years.”
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April 26, 2018 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
Monte Poole: ‘This is a big defensive transition series. Anytime you’ve got a team that’s coming at you that fast, there’s going to be all kinds of cross-matches. That’s one of the messages: You don’t have YOUR man, you have A man.’ – #Warriors coach Steve Kerr on the #Pelicans.
Fred Katz: Here’s Steven Adams from last night on what Enes Kanter coming to Game 5 meant to him: “Nothing at all. I hate that guy. He’s a scumbag.” He continued, “No, honestly, it’s good that he came out. All the boys were happy to see him. Short spurts with him. Short spurts.”
April 26, 2018 | 7:05 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Kerr on Curry: “Steph practiced 100 percent. He did everything. I would say he’s questionable for Game 1. What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day. Put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together a few good days.”