This week, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak credited Young for having a “great year,” averaging 16.9 points per game and showing a better commitment toward defense. Kupchak then added, “my guess is he’s going to opt out” of his $1.2 million player option in hopes of securing a longer and lucrative deal.
There’s absolutely no reason for Young to decline his player option given his play this season. That said, declining his player option doesn’t mean he’s looking to leave in free agency, rather just secure a larger and more financially secure deal from the Lakers.
Young is a Southern California native and wants to remain with the franchise, assuming the price is right.
Of course, that might be a bit of an issue given the Lakers are wanting to keep their books pretty clean moving forward. But assuming Young isn’t looking anything absurd, the two shouldn’t have much trouble finding a middle ground unless Young is given a deal he can’t refuse on the open market.