Warriors Rumors: Nick Young Reportedly 'Serious Candidate' to Join Golden State

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17:  Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during warm up before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 17, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly eyeing free-agent guard Nick Young as the offseason continues.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news Sunday, calling Young "a serious candidate" for the defending champions' $5.2 million exception. The veteran has spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Young, 32, declined his player option to become an unrestricted free agent, and Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers previously noted the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans expressed interest in the sharpshooter.

David Aldridge of NBA.com granted a team like New Orleans could offer Young more playing time but called the chance to win a ring "big to him."

The Warriors would give Young an excellent opportunity to win a ring after reaching the NBA Finals the past three seasons, and he would fit into their space-oriented offense which stresses outside shooting. Young drilled 40.4 percent of his threes this past season on his way to 13.2 points a night.

He started 60 games in 2016-17 after serving as a scoring option off the bench for the majority of his first three years in Los Angeles. He would almost certainly slide back to a bench role if he signed with Golden State, but he proved he is capable of maintaining his scoring edge with the second unit when he poured in a career-high 17.9 points a night in 2013-14.