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Nick Young's Lakers future in doubt after career year

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Nick Young has developed into something of a cult hero during the LA Lakers terrible season.

While the franchise has struggled from game to game, Swaggy P has at least gained a level of respectability during the campaign.

Young joined the Lakers last summer and has hit career numbers in his first season with his home town team - becoming a popular figure amongst Lakers followers in the process.

But the Lakers Nation could be left disappointed in the summer, with Young's recent success prompting many to suggest he will seek a bigger deal elsewhere if he chooses to become a free agent this summer.

Young has a $1.2 million player option when the season ends but there is a growing consensus that he will decline it in favor of heading for the open market.

The Lakers, and in particular the franchise governor Jeanie Buss, are big fans of the popular player and could look to re-sign him even if he declines the player option.

But with the Los Angeles team in need of major upheaval, and looking to conserve funds in preparation for a big free agent signing come 2015, they are unlikely to make Young an offer he can't refuse.

After averaging 17.3 points, 1.4 assists, and 2.6 rebounds despite the Lakers struggling to bottom of the Western Conference, it wouldn't be surprising to see Young look for a multi-year contract bringing in around the $15 million mark.

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