And now it’s beginning to look more and more like he’s going to opt-out of his current contract after this season in order to test free agency.
“It’s obvious what Nick’s value is, but I don’t want to get into that right now,” said Mark Bertelstein, Young’s agent. “He wants to finish the season strong. It’s hard if someone comes up and asks him these questions. We’re not proactively worrying about next year right now. We’re worrying about the moment. He’s done a great job of that and that’s what we want to continue to do. I couldn’t be prouder of the guy. He’s had a great year. We have a couple of weeks left in the season. If Nick is asked those questions, he’s in a tough spot. But Nick’s energy and focus is without question playing the games right now.”
“We’re going to finish the season and then take a deep breath,” Bartelstein said. “His focus is on doing everything he can to finish as strongly as possible. It’s been a disappointing season from a team standpoint in terms of winning games. But he wants to finish strong for the team. He loves being a Laker. I think it’s obvious in the way he’s playing and the energy he brings every night. When the season is over, we’ll sit down and talk about those things at that time.”
Despite the lack of transparency from Young’s agent, the Lakers have long believed that he would opt-out of his $1.2 million contract that he’s scheduled for next season. After all, you’d think that he’d be able to secure a much loftier deal, especially with the way he’s been playing as of late for the Lakers. And I don’t really think the Lakers would mind Young moving on.
Young has averaged 17.3 points per game for LA this season.