Nick Young SG/SF LAL 9 Days

Young will likely remain the Lakers' sixth man this season, since new coach Byron Scott prefers his scoring touch off the bench, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Young enjoyed a career-year in his debut campaign as a Laker last season, scoring a team-high 17.9 points in 28.3 minutes per game primarily as a reserve. The eccentric swingman is expected to continue as Los Angeles' sixth man this season under coach Scott, who finds value in bringing Young's offensive talents off the bench. So while the more defensively inclined Wesley Johnson should start at small forward, Young will remain a key contributor with potential for scoring outbursts off the Lakers' bench.

Nick Young SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Nick Young scored 26 points on 21 shots at the Drew League on Sunday.

In his usual fashion, Swaggy P said his nickname is "I Am Legend" at the Drew League. "I've been a one-man show since I started at the Drew League," Young said. "I've been playing at the Drew for a while. I never played with no NBA people on my team or nothing. That's why." He won't have any Will Smith-based nicknames this season with Kobe Bryant around and his production is expected to take a hit after a career year in 2013-14.

Nick Young SG/SF LAL 2 Months

The Lakers officially signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal on Monday.

"We are happy to retain such a skilled player committed to being part of what we are building as a franchise," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Swaggy P had a decent season with the Lakers last year averaging 17.9 points, 2.1 three-pointers, and not much else. Young is a volume shooter, and one shouldn't expect him to put up similar numbers with a healthy Kobe Bryant on the floor next season.

Nick Young SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year deal worth $21.5 million.

Young will remain in LA with his hometown Lakers. He was decent last season, compiling averages of 17.9 points, and 2.1 three-pointers a game, but those results can't be expected when playing alongside a healthy Kobe Bryant. Young really doesn't offer much outside of scoring, and when Kobe is there to take away his opportunities, he's not going to be offering much at all.

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The Lakers reached out to free agent G/F Nick Young early Tuesday morning.

Young predicted there would be a "riot" if the Lakers don't try to re-sign him, and it looks like we've avoided that potentially chaotic situation. Other teams are also going to be interested in Swaggy P, who averaged a career-high 17.9 point last season for the Lakers.

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Nick Young said "there will be a riot" if the Lakers don't do something to bring him back next season.

"They love me. The fans love me," Young said. The team officially announced that Young has opted out of his deal and is now an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers are certainly going to at least entertain bringing him back, but they'll likely exhaust all options for the big-name free agents before turning to Swaggy P.

Nick Young SG/SF LAL 3 Months

Nick Young has officially declined his $1.2 million player option, making him an unrestricted free agent, but he said it would be "a dream come true" to remain with the Lakers.

A source said that Young wants to be a "priority" for the Lakers in free agency, but there are too many moving parts in L.A. to imagine he'll be central in their plans. With only three players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre), Young may have been understating the situation when he said, "It's obvious they're going to make some changes."

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Nick Young could be willing to give the Lakers a hometown discount after opting out of his deal.

His last year is only worth $1.2 million, but he should be able to do better after a solid 2013-14. Young has been spotted on vacation wearing Lakers shorts and clearly is enjoying his time in Los Angeles. While last year was great, Young's fantasy value figures to take a massive hit with Kobe Bryant coming back.

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Nick Young got hot against the Jazz on Monday for a season-high 41 points with three boards, three assists and six 3-pointers on 14-of-23 shooting.

In a post-game interview with sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Young said he knew his career-high was 43 and he wanted to break it tonight, which is obviously the least surprising news of the day. He's had an interesting season for a several reasons: Swaggy said he didn't want to get an MRI on his knee because he'd be worried about the results, his Nike Air Yeezys were stolen and he's referred to himself in the third person more times than we care to count. If one thing's for sure, he's certainly not boring.

Nick Young SG/SF LAL 5 Months

Nick Young hurt his knee during Sunday's game but he quickly returned to finish with 14 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

Swaggy is having a terrific month of April, averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 triples, 1.8 assists and 0.6 steals in just 25 minutes per game off Mike D'Antoni's bench. He's almost certain to opt out of his NBA-minimum contract this summer, but he's already expressed a desire to re-sign with L.A.