The 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers roster is starting to round into form, and luckily for fans still depressed from last season, it has a fair bit of swag to it.
As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Nick Young has agreed to a four-year, $21.5 million deal with the Lakers. After opting out of his contract last month, there were concerns that we had seen the last of Swaggy P in L.A. Luckily for Lakers fans, and basketball fans everywhere, that won’t be the case.
For all the jokes about Nick Young, he actually led the Lakers in scoring last season, putting up 17.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. He also shot 38.6 percent from three-point range. Young is a bit of a gunner, but he provided a much-needed scoring punch off the bench for L.A., who boasted the second-highest scoring bench unit behind only the San Antonio Spurs.
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Young grew up in Los Angeles and played at USC, so this is a dream come true for both parties. With Young, Kobe Bryant and the newly acquired Jeremy Lin in the backcourt, at the very least we’ll be entertained watching the Lakers next season. It’s quite a bit of money to dish out to a loose cannon like Young, especially since this is a four-year contract, but the Lakers are out of the Carmelo Anthony running and have money to spend on free agents now.
Young has a player option on the fourth year of his contract. He’s not a great passer, but he can create his own shot and plays the role of Irrational Confidence Guy well. Plus, did we mention that Swaggy P is always a joy to watch? Lakers fans, enjoy the next four years.