The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to unrestricted free agent Nick Young, expressing interest in re-signing the team's leading scorer through the season, reports ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Young opted out of his $1.2 million player option after putting together a career year in his first season with the purple and gold.
Young is said to have several teams interested, and will keep an "open mind" in his free agency process:
Young, who just last week opted out of his $1.2 million deal with the Lakers for next season, was also contacted by "several other teams registering interest," his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com.
"We're going to look at everything," said Bartelstein. "Have an open mind. See what happens here and in the future hours, days and weeks."
Young's opt out came as no surprise after he stood as one of the few bright spots through the worst season in Lakers franchise history. He was an effective off the bench scorer, averaging a career-high 17.9 points per game while being instrumental in the Lakers notching a few additional wins through the season.
Young notched two 40-point games along with a 30-point game over the final 10 games of the season, finishing his lone campaign with the Lakers strong.
He should be due for a pay raise, but said he would consider a hometown discount with the Lakers if the situation was right.