Swaggy P is staying in L.A. The shooting guard has agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The Lakers were always the favorite to land the energetic Young.
He made it clear after the season that he wanted to remain in Los Angeles and was willing to take a discount, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Young sounded serious about considering a hometown discount.
“It depends how much the discount is,” Young said. “But as a player, everyone wants a place they feel comfortable at. I feel comfortable in L.A. But I can’t keep taking these discounts. I need a raise a little bit. But if it’s for the right cost and they’re bringing in players and I fit into the rotation, then I’ll probably take a pay cut.”
However, it doesn’t appear Young had to take a pay cut. The Lakers will be paying $21.5 million, which is fair market value for his services.
Young is coming off the best season of his young career, as he averaged 17.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with the Lakers. Young also saw his popularity among fans grow tremendously while in the limelight of Los Angeles, which one would assume is partly why he is re-signing.
Young was the No. 16 pick in the 2007 draft by the Washington Wizards. He has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.