Lakers could have consecutive summers with roster overhaul.
Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young has revealed that it is “a dream come true” to play for the franchise, but is wary that things could all change this summer.
Young can opt out of his $1.2m contract for next season with the Lakers to test free agency this summer, and after an impressive individual season in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the organisation, he is likely to garner a significant amount of interest.
In addition, it is also expected that there will be more upheaval in Los Angeles this summer as they look to rebuild ahead of next season, and other than Young, 11 of the 15 players on the current roster are on expiring contracts.
Only seven of the Lakers players on the team a year ago ended up coming back to start training camp ahead of this season, and Young isn’t ignoring the fact that the same could happen this summer.
“I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it’s crazy,” Young said after practice Thursday, as reported by ESPN.
“You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It’s obvious they’re going to make some changes.”
Young’s agent admitted that his value is undoubtedly much greater than what he is currently being paid after he took a pay cut to join from the Philadelphia 76ers, but he wants to sit down with the Lakers at the end of the season and hopefully agree on new terms which will keep him at the franchise for a long time to come.
The 28-year-old went on to describe the Lakers as “home” and that he would love to finish his career at Staples Center and give his kids the chance to tell their friends at school that their “Dad is a Laker”.
However, despite averaging a career-high 17.5 points per game along with 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, it remains to be seen whether or not he forms part of the organisation’s long term plan.