Lakers Rumors: Latest on Nick Young’s Future and LA’s Head Coaching Search

Following one of the most disappointing campaigns in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers are set to begin a summer filled with even more uncertainty than the last. 

The "Dwightmare" may be over for the Lake Show, but the team still finds itself at a crossroads. Littered with aging stars and currently without a head coach, the Lakers are a team in transition. And in a loaded Western Conference, that's bad news.

Perhaps some good news is on the way. Below, we'll take a closer look at some of the latest rumors swirling around L.A.


Nick Young Looking to Test Market?

According to Basketball Insiders' Lang Greene, a source close to Lakers forward Nick Young says that he would prefer to be back with L.A. next season. But that doesn't mean the 29-year-old will pick up his $1.2 million player option for 2014-15:

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.

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.

Young led the Lakers in scoring last season, averaging a career-high 17.9 points in 28.3 minutes per night, but he did so while shooting just 43.5 percent from the floor.

Nonetheless, Young is a dangerous outside shooter and a player who can provide explosive moments and scoring for L.A. off the bench. Therefore, you can expect him to garner plenty of interest this July.

With a slew of aging veterans on the roster and uncertainty on the sideline, bringing back Young will in all likelihood be a top priority for the Lakers front office this summer. And while L.A. has a lot to offe...

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