You make the best friends you'll have for the rest of your life-- friends you know you can depend on. Even the bad times teach lessons and give joy.
If you've never experienced it, you can't imagine how it feels. Sorry.
And you'd be willing to give that up for a few dollars?
What is money to Locker anyway? He'll have it next year and it's not like he won't be filthy stinking rich in 15 months or so anyway.
What's money to that freedom?