HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

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Free agent Nick Young aka ‘Swaggy P,’ who spent last season with the Lakers, played alongside him. The two are friends and often go through offseason workouts together in L.A. (Note: The league is sponsored by Nike, who both George and Young endorse. That’s likely part of the reason the two showed up.) Vigilant Sports

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Nick Young had some fun with the kids at his youth camp this week. Check out this kid school the NBA guard as he fakes him out and finishes with the jumper. beyondthebuzzer.com

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Though he considers the Lakers “his first choice,” Young will opt out of his $1.2 million player option before the June 25 deadline. That would allow Young both to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent beginning July 1 and possibly leverage a larger deal with the Lakers. Los Angeles Daily News

“Just more years. I believe I deserve more,” Young said Wednesday in an interview with this newspaper. “That’s up to my agent to do that for me. The Lakers are home, but things could happen. With free agency this year, it’s going to be crazy to see.” Los Angeles Daily News

“It depends how much the discount is,” Young said. “But as a player, everyone wants a place they feel comfortable at. I feel comfortable in L.A. But I can’t keep taking these discounts. I need a raise a little bit. But if it’s for the right cost and they’re bringing in players and I fit into the rotation, then I’ll probably take a pay cut.” Los Angeles Daily News

“I think I could stick to my same role and help out Kobe,” Young said. “He has to come out of the game sometime. If they get another good player, they have to come out of the game sometime. I’ll be their Jamal Crawford. The Clippers have a sixtman of the year. The Lakers need to have one too.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Veteran shooting guard Nick Young, who led the Lakers in scoring this season, has a player option for the 2014-15 campaign worth $1.2 million. A source very close to Young recently told Basketball Insiders the Los Angeles native would prefer to wear a Lakers uniform next season despite the uncertainty of the team’s roster and the vacant head coach position. However, the source fully believes Young will elect to opt out of his deal this summer in order to fully evaluate his options on the free agent circuit in July. Basketball Insiders

According to the source, the purpose of opting out of his deal would be driven by the desire to lock up a more lucrative long term contract with the Lakers. But at the end of the day anything can happen during free agency and that’s where keeping all options open has importance. Basketball Insiders

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