NBA free agency: Nick Young has interest from Lakers, according to report

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers expand their search for help on the perimeter to the native Californian.

The Los Angeles Lakers have inquired about the availability of shooting guard and Los Angeles Native Nick Young, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Young spent the 2012-2013 season with the Philadelphia 76ers as a bench reserved. He averaged 10.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting overall.

The Lakers were interested in signing Young last Summer, but he signed with Philadelphia on a one-year, $6 million deal. Barring a giant hometown discount, the Lakers are likely out of range to sign the guard to their roster. L.A. has one $3.1 million contract they can offer with the mini-mid level exception and the veteran minimum to add pieces to their roster.

The Lakers are looking at all of their options on the perimeter, but with Jodie Meeks' team option being exercised by Los Angeles, it would appear unlikely for the team to use the mini mid-level on the position while there are other needs on the roster.

Expect plenty of "interested" reports while the Lakers establish connections early in the free agency period.

- Drew

- Follow this author on Twitter @DrewGarrisonSBN

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