Report: LA Lakers’ Nick Young Intends to Test Free Agency This Summer

Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young may be a local boy—born and bred in Southern California—but that doesn't mean he's going to stay in L.A. on the cheap.


Update: April 3 at 9:48 pm ET

Young's agent is denying that his client has made any concrete decision regarding his potential free agency, per the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina:

Of course, his client did say he deserves much more money and expects a lot of teams will chase him. So there's that.


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While the seventh-year guard does have a $1.2 million player option that would guarantee him a spot on next year's Lakers roster, he appears set to test the waters of free agency, per's Scott Howard-Cooper:

“Oh, no,” Young said. “Not at all. Most definitely. I deserve much more than that.”

And Swaggy P wants to have a lot of teams chasing him. “Yeah,” Young/P said. “He most definitely does. And I believe a lot will. That’s a solid answer right there.”

Given what we know about the man known as "Swaggy P," he is not only hoping for more money, but also the intense spotlight of a highly-sought free agent. If Young has his way, everyone in the league will be lining up to get a piece of Swaggy.

Young has been one of the NBA's top sixth men this season, averaging 17.3 points a game off the Lakers bench and shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. He also tied his career high in assists, albeit with a paltry (and very Nick Young-like) 1.4 dimes per game.

Add all that up, and you have a player who has outplayed the $1.1 million the Lakers are paying him this season, per NBC Sports' Kurt Helin:

He has a PER [player efficiency rating] right at the league average of 15.1 but he’s making millions less than a league average salary. Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers