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Nick Young opts out of his contract with Lakers

Nick Young opts out of his contract with the #Lakers to explore free agency

As expected, Lakers guard Nick Young has opted out of the second year of his contract.

Young joined the Lakers last summer on a two-year, minimum contract -- with the opportunity to exit early to explore free agency in July.

Through 64 games, Young averaged 17.9 points a game while shooting 43.5% from the field and 38.6% from three-point range.

Though the 29-year old scorer will forgo $1.2 million with the Lakers to land a bigger contract, he'd happily re-sign and stay in his hometown (at the right price).

The Lakers are hoping to make big moves this off-season in free agency, but may be unwilling to give Young a large multiyear deal.

Young was paid $1.1 million for his year with the Lakers.  He earned $5.6 million through the 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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