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Nick Young opts out of contract with Lakers

6/24/2014

Nick Young has informed the Los Angeles Lakers that he will not pick up his player option and will become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.com.

Young, 29, had a career-year last season, averaging a team-high 17.9 points for a Lakers team that finished 27-55.

The 6-foot-6 Young is a Los Angeles native who played at USC. He had until Wednesday’s June 25th deadline to make a decision on his deal.

He had already made it clear he would not exercise the $1.2 million player option for next season and test free agency in hopes of landing a more lucrative, long-term deal. Young also expressed his desire to remain with the Lakers if possible.

"I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," the seven-year veteran said in April. "You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It's obvious they're going to make some changes."

The Lakers have just three players under contract for next season -- Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre -- and have a team option to retain point guard Kendall Marshall for $915,243.

L.A. loaded its roster last season with players on one-year deals in hopes of clearing cap space for a potential free agency bonanza this summer. Should the Lakers fail to land any marquee, max-level players in the coming months, they could attempt to fill their team with one-year deals once again and save their money for the summer of 2015.

According to a league source, Young wants to be made “a priority” by the Lakers this summer, however, if he is to stay in L.A.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman contributed to this report.