Report: Nick Young 'feeling comfortable' he will remain with Lakers
To the vocal contingent of Los Angeles Lakers fans who aren't exactly enamored with Swaggy P, let this serve as a bit of a preemptive warning. Because it doesn't look like Nick Young will be going anywhere, according to a report from Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
"Lakers forward Nick Young recently met with general manager Mitch Kupchak, according to league sources familiar with the situation.
"It is not entirely clear what Young and Kupchak addressed in their meeting. It is typical for Kupchak to meet with players to discuss both professional and private issues. But the conversation at least left Young feeling comfortable enough that he will enter the 2015-16 season on the Lakers’ roster, according to a source familiar with his thinking."
That's the prudent move for the Lakers, at least for now. There doesn't seem to be any market for Young's service, and trying to trade the mercurial shooting guard would simply cost Los Angeles assets it shouldn't be willing to surrender. The stretch provision might be in play for the Lakers, which would allow the team to release Young and halve the annual cap hit from his contract while lengthening the number of years the deal is on the books.
But with the salary cap increasing and the Lakers in good shape on that front, there's no need to consider that option, either. Los Angeles has options in the rotation outside of Young, and that's a good thing. But he can shoot, and that's a skill worth having off the bench.
(h/t LA Daily News)