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Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young has revealed that he will pitch to free agents this summer in order to convince them that they should join the franchise.
The Lakers were unable to add to their roster last summer despite having the cap space to secure a max-contract free agent. The franchise has struggled to compete in recent seasons and they are unlikely to make the playoffs again this year as they currently sit 14th in the Western Conference with a 12-30 record.
Given their storied history, the Lakers aren’t a franchise in a position to slowly rebuild the roster, as a demanding following and the glamour of the city expect stars immediately.
That arguably played a part in their contract offer for Kobe Bryant last year, and they will need to continue to sell the appeal of seeing them live with another splash this year if they are to also remain relevant.
Young insists that he will play a part in that and he even revealed that he has spoken to rival players on the floor during games about potentially being on the same team next season.
“It’s tough, but I know it’s going to get better,” Young told the Los Angeles News Group.
“This offseason is going to be big for us. It’s going to work out.”
“I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year'”. I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.”
The main issue that the Lakers face in free agency will be persuading targets to move to LA at a time when they are trying to rebuild and get better. Many of those players would have to be willing to sacrifice a winning situation to move to Los Angeles, and so Young’s efforts may be in vain for the most part.