Storyline: Nick Young Free Agency

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He was hopeful a reunion with his former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni might happen in Houston. “He’s one of the best coaches I played with,” he says. But the Rockets’ signing of Carmelo Anthony likely will force him to look elsewhere. “I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there,” says Young. “It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient.”

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.”

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.”
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Warriors adding Will Cherry

Will Cherry is expected to join the Golden State Warriors on an Exhibit 10 contract, a source told Sportando. The guard, who has played 8 games with Cavs in 2014-2015, spent last season with KK Cedevita in Croatia averaging 10.5 points in the domestic league, 11.1 points in AB Liga and 11.8 points with 4 assists in EuroCup.
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If McCaw doesn’t show up, maybe the Warriors will just stage an open competition and see if one of those younger options seizes the opportunity. But the most likely result remains McCaw’s eventual concession. A similar situation happened with center Alex Len in Phoenix last summer. He didn’t love his $4.2 million qualifying offer. He dragged the process deep into the summer. He finally accepted it on Sept. 21, right before camp.
Wade, 36, waited until the end of the video before revealing his choice. He began by stating the reasons he considered walking away. The red-eye flights, nightly ice baths and hours on the training table were all factors but nothing made retirement look more appealing than spending more time with family. “Is it selfish of me wanting to continue being away from family,” Wade said. “Can I miss my son’s games? Can I miss my son? Can I not be there in moments that they need me? Can I not read to my kids as much as I want. Can I not be there to support my wife? It’s all these things.”
Before entering the league in 2003, Wade always thought time was forever on his side. He was quickly corrected by veteran teammates. Sixteen years later, the warnings proved true. “When you first come in the league, the vets tell you, they say, `Young fella, it’s going to go by fast,’” Wade said in the video. “You think at that time, `I’m just getting started.’ … I’m here to tell you it goes by fast. It’s been a tough summer. This has been a summer for me that not a lot of athletes want to see this time come, where you have to decide if you want to continue to play the game that you love.”’