Lakers Rumors: Nick Young To Be Stretched For Xavier Henry Or PJ Hairston?

Lakers Rumors: Nick Young To Be Stretched For Xavier Henry Or PJ Hairston?
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Nick Young, the Los Angeles Lakers swingman, could be placed on a stretch provision before the August 31 deadline, per several sources.


Since the Lakers have been unable to find a trade suitor for Young, they are left with no choice but to agree to a contract buyout in order to open up a roster spot for either Xavier Henry or P.J. Hairston, two players who are part of the team’s ongoing Free Agent Minicamp.

With the Lakers agreeing to a one-year contract with Chinese star Yi Jianlian, all 15 roster spots are filled up and Los Angeles would need to stretch Young in order to sign someone else.

Nick Young: Stretched By August 31?

According to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers need to act fast.

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“If the Lakers chose to waive Nick Young before September, his two-year, $11.1 million salary would be stretched over the next five seasons.  Should the team wait until after August, his full $5.4 million would stay on the cap for the year, but his second year’s $5.7 million would be stretched out over the following three seasons,” Pincus explained.

Even though Young has been vocal about wanting to mend his relationship with D’Angelo Russell, there is a feeling around the organization that that two can’t co-exist in the same locker room. Pincus noted that the Lakers also have the option of trading or waiving Young.

“Young fell out of favor under Byron Scott, but the team has since hired head coach Luke Walton.  The team may prefer to find a trade, or even give Young a shot on the roster instead of waiving and stretching him.”

Lakers’ Free Agent Minicamp

Besides Henry and Hairston, the Lakers’ minicamp has been attended by former second-round picks Pierre Jackson and Johnny O’Bryant, besides college prospects Travis Wear (UCLA), Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Mamadou N’Diaye (UC Irvine), and Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic (USC).

For the Lakers to sign any of the aforementioned names, it’s imperative to stretch Nick Young. Over the last few years, the Lakers have been trying to trade Young without any success.

Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Lakers, explained that it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that one of the roster hopefuls would get a spot. “I don’t think we’re looking at players here that would be in the rotation, although you never know. They come to camp and earn whatever they can get. But what I think we’re looking at here are known players.

“They’re free agents and we do have roster spots open in terms of our team. But also we have roster spots open in terms of training camp,” the Lakers executive said.

Nick Young averaged a career-low tally of 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds last season.