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Lakers Rumors: Nick Young declines player option to enter free agency

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has declined his player option and will become a free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

Wednesday was the deadline for Young to make a decision on his $5.7 million option to remain with the Lakers for the 2017-18 season, and he has decided to test free agency.

Young will enter the market after arguably the best season of his professional career. Young averaged 13.2 points while shooting 40.4 percent from the field in 60 games for Los Angeles. The 32-year old guard also earned consistent praise from Lakers head coach Luke Walton for his defensive effort.

The Lakers are severely lacking in shooting, but might balk at an expensive multi-year deal for Young given their efforts to preserve cap space for the summer of 2018.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.