It's official: The Swag is back.
On the free-agent market, that is.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that Nick Young will not be opting into the second year of his contract with the Purple and Gold. "We anticipated and expected that Nick would choose to become a free agent," GM Mitch Kupchak said in the team's official statement. "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."
And what a market that might be. Young's coming off of the finest year of his NBA career and, at 29, should still have years of quality basketball left in the tank. It'll certainly cost the Lakers—or any other team, for that matter—more than the two years at the veteran's minimum to which L.A. signed him last summer to keep/bring him aboard.
But would that expense be worth the Lakers' while, even with all of the cap space they're due this summer? Let's consider the pros and cons of Swaggy P's potential future at Staples Center.