Nick Young opts out of contract with Lakers

June, 24, 2014
McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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

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

Nick Young
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesNick Young 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.’s Jeff Goodman contributed to this report.



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