With all the recent Lakers news, the last day for Nick Young to decide if he wants to opt in or out to his $5.7 million-dollar option, was today. It was announced that he will opt out to become a free agent.
Nick Young’s tenure with the Lakers lasted 4 years and it started high, then sank really low, then finished on a high note. His production under Mike D’Antoni earned him a 4-year deal with the Lakers with the 4th year being a player option.
After a tumultuous time under Byron Scott, including a Snapchat fiasco with now Brooklyn Net D’Angelo Russell [editors note: don’t ever say this again], many believed the Lakers would try to trade or stretch him. The main concern was that if Young continued to play as poorly as he had with his years under Byron Scott, he would then opt in because he would go for the money. Instead, he had a great bounce back year under Luke Walton, and thus as he stated in his press conference “I’ll see you in the visitor locker room last year”.
It is unknown why it took till the last day for him to decide, though he is a local player who was drafted out of college after going to USC. This could’ve been a situation where he had to think on whether he was ready to leave his home. Not to mention even though he had a great season, it’s very likely that he gets an equal or even less money on his next contract. His objective in the end though was to go to a contender. Unknown at this point which contender that will be.
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