Once the 2013-14 NBA season comes to an end, Nick Young will have a tough decision to make about his future with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young signed a two-year deal with a player option in the second year for $1.7 million. With Young playing well this season, he'll almost certainly receive more lucrative offers elsewhere and GM Mitch Kupchak believes Young will opt-out of his deal to test free agency according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters on Feb. 20:
Mitch Kupchak says that he'd guess Nick Young will "opt out" of his player option on his contract next year but doesn't know.
With Young taking a hometown discount to play with the Lakers this season, it remains to be seen if he'll continue to do so next season with a strong chance of other teams making lucrative offers. Young has been adamant about his love for the city of Los Angeles and the Lakers, but he stands to make considerably more elsewhere.
Along with the uncertainty surrounding Young's future in Los Angeles, there's quite a few players on the current roster that probably won't be retained. Only Kobe Bryant, Kendall Marshall, Robert Sacre and Steve Nash are under contract for next season. Sacre and Marshall's contracts are non-guaranteed, but the Lakers will likely hold onto Marshall.
Needless to say, the Lakers could look much different next season with plenty of players bound to come and go. Young may ultimately turn out to be one of the players signing with another team over the summer.
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