Storyline: Nick Young Free Agency

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He was hopeful a reunion with his former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni might happen in Houston. “He’s one of the best coaches I played with,” he says. But the Rockets’ signing of Carmelo Anthony likely will force him to look elsewhere. “I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there,” says Young. “It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient.”

While Young saw the Lakers’ lack of interest in retaining him with Kuzma taking his number before free agency even started, he acknowledged he was not as clairvoyant about joining the Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal through the mid-level exception. After Young’s agent. Mark Bartelstein, informed him about Golden State’s interest on the first night of free agency, Young initially sounded more confused than flattered. “They’re too stacked,” Young told Bartelstein. “They don’t want me.”

Young is likely to seek a more lucrative contract with a playoff-bound team, and the Lakers would like to preserve salary-cap flexibility for the 2018 offseason. “He felt like he’s at a point where he knows the Lakers are going in a different direction,” said Mark Bartelstein, Young’s agent. “They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went. Nick loves to play. He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level. That’s what is most important to him.”
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