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As Expected, Nick Young Opts Out Of Lakers Contract

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Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the game on January 19, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (credit: Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the game on January 19, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (credit: Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (CBSLA.com/AP) — Nick Young has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team said it was informed Wednesday by agent Mark Bartelstein that Young will test free agency.

“We anticipated and expected that Nick would choose to become a free agent,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We very much appreciate his contributions to last season’s team, and we will hopefully be able to bring him back. However, he, his agent and the market will dictate his future direction.”

General manager Mitch Kupchak said the team hopes to bring him back, though he noted that Young’s agent and the market will dictate his future.

Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season, his first with the Lakers.

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