The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 of their last 11 games after suffering a devastating loss to the Los Angeles Clippers recently. With the Lakers really struggling to get back on track this season, GM Mitch Kupchak has started to field questions about the team's future plans and had some interesting things to say about Nick Young via Mike Trudell of Lakers.com on Jan. 11:
Going forward, there are a number of things to determine. Who knows. Money is important to Nick as to all players, but you can watch him play and he just loves to play. Some guys treat it as a job, but Nick loves to play. He has fun and basketball is a big part of who it is. Whatever he decides to do with his opt out … we’d certainly like to see him be a Laker for a long time.
With Young having a player option for next season, it'll be up to the veteran on whether or not he'll be returning to the Lakers. There's no doubt that Young will receive lucrative offers from all over the NBA, but clearly has a soft spot for the Lakers and may decide to stay for at least one more season.
Obviously, with Kupchak saying he wants Young in Los Angeles long-term, the team will have to sign him to a new deal. With plenty of cap space in the off-season, the Lakers may choose to simply extend Young long-term rather than rolling the dice hoping he won't head elsewhere over the summer.
As of right now, it remains unclear what the team's intentions are moving forward in terms of players that may be coming or going this summer. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Kendall Marshall and Robert Sacre are the only players under contract next season with Young having the player option. It'll be interesting to see how things pan out considering the fact the team seems to be headed to a disappointing end result without a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
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