Nick Young opts out of final year with Lakers

Written By Deantae Prince
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Nick Young has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming an unrestricted free agent, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports

Young reinvigorated his career last season as the leading scorer on a depleted Lakers team, averaging 17.9 points. The Lakers did not fare as well, finishing the year at 27-55 on the year, one of the worst records in franchise history. 

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Regardless of their struggles, Young cherished the opportunity to play for the Lakers as a Los Angeles native and former USC star. That couldn't coax Young into opting into a $1.2 million player option. Young had a June 25 deadline to inform the team of his future plans. 

"I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," Young told ESPNLosAngeles 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 could bring Young back, because they have tons of salary cap, with only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre on the books for next season. Kendall Marshall also could come back on a team option that will pay $915,243.

Young's future remains up in the air at the moment, but he wants to make a "priority" if he does come back to the Lakers, ESPNLosAngeles reported.

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