Nick Young has today opted out of his Los Angeles Lakers contract, a move that means 'Swaggy P' will follow LeBron James into free agency this offseason.

Young is a fan's favorite at the Staples Center but has reportedly chosen not to sign his player option with the franchise which would have seen him confirmed on the roster for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Swaggy P

Young has spent only one season with his hometown team, having arrived at the Lakers in in 2013 after six years in the NBA.

His decision to test free agency does not of course completely rule out the chance of Young returning to the franchise, and the player himself spoke recently of his desire to carry on in LA:

"I always wanted to be a Lakers and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," Swaggy P explained following the end of the regular-season.

"You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It's obvious they're going to make some changes."

Changing Times

Young's decision comes after the Lakers suffered a humiliating 2013-14 campaign with the famous franchise capitulating to a woeful 27-55 record.

The Lakers have already moved to make a coaching change following the firing of Mike D'Antoni, and with just three of the players who made up last season's struggling roster remaining under contract for next year there will be plenty of player alterations too.

Young was hoped to be one that the Lakers hierarchy would be able to keep in their ranks and today's news will obviously be a blow to that aim. But, as with LeBron down in Miami, Young opting out does not mean that he will not be playing in a Lakers jersey next season.

Instead the player is most likely rejecting the $1.2 million player option in order to test the waters of free agency and attempt to engineer a more lucrative package for himself.

Priority Player

The veteran swingman was one of the few bright sparks for the Lakers last season, averaging more points than any other player (17.9), and according to ESPN he wants to be recognized for the role he played.

Reports suggest that Young is keen to be made a "priority" by the Lakers franchise if he is to remain in Los Angeles.

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