Nick Young and Metta World Peace could have played their last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, World Peace revealed his plan to play two more seasons either in the NBA or overseas while “Swaggy P” expressed his intention to join a title contender team next season.
The 2016-17 NBA season finally ended for the Lakers, who finished as the third worst team in the league. After the All-Star break, they decided to shut down some of their veterans to prioritize the development of their young players. Despite suffering another disappointing season, president of basketball operation Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka believe the Lakers could return to title contention.
The Lakers won’t immediately become a legitimate title contender. As of now, they need to speed up the development of their young players and make the purple and gold an attractive destination for superstars. In the traditional exit interviews, the Lakers discussed their plan with their players and staffs.
Metta World Peace not returning with the Lakers next season
Metta World Peace may not be an official part of the Lakers’ rotation this season but he continues to guide the Lakers’ young core. In the remaining games of the season, coach Luke Walton decided to give World Peace playing time which most people think would be his last game with the purple and gold. In the Lakers’ 108-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the 37-year-old small forward posted 18 points, four rebounds, and four steals on 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
World Peace plans to play at least two more seasons but opens up the possibility that he will not be playing it with the Lakers. In the exit interview, World Peace revealed that the Lakers informed him that they will not bring him back next season.
“They’re probably not gonna bring me back,” World Peace said. “That’s what (President of Basketball Operations) Magic (Johnson) said. He’s probably not gonna bring me back. But it’s good. I had a nice time. When I’m playing or doing anything, I just focus on what I’m doing at that time. And this year my focus was making sure I’m in shape and helping young guys.”
Nick Young joining a title contender team next season
Nick Young managed to regain his rhythm after the Lakers gave him a second chance this season. However, the 2016-17 NBA season could be the final season of “Swaggy P” wearing the purple and gold. According to Serena Williams of Lakers Nation, Young expressed his intention to join a playoff team next season.
However, Nick Young said it’ll be 60/40 whether he opts out or in. If he leaves, the 31-year-old shooting guard may gain interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
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