The 2013-14 campaign was a forgettable affair for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team finished 27-55, the second worst season in franchise history, driven by the absence of fading legends and future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. The duo combined to appear in just 21 games this past season and both will enter the summer with huge doubts on whether they can ever regain elite form again.

The Lakers are at a pivotal crossroads. The trio of Bryant, Nash and reserve center Robert Sacre represent the only three players with guaranteed deals for next season heading into the summer.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has his work cut out filling the remaining roster spots before training camp with $34 million of the team’s cap next season already occupied by Bryant and Nash.
Veteran shooting guard Nick Young, who led the Lakers in scoring this season, has a player option for the 2014-15 campaign worth $1.2 million.

A source very close to Young recently told Basketball Insiders the Los Angeles native would prefer to wear a Lakers uniform next season despite the uncertainty of the team’s roster and the vacant head coach position.

However, the source fully believes Young will elect to opt out of his deal this summer in order to fully evaluate his options on the free agent circuit in July.

Young, who averaged 17.9 points per game this season in 64 contests, is expected to be in high demand this summer by teams with cap space looking to bolster their perimeter attack and scoring depth.

According to the source, the purpose of opting out of his deal would be driven by the desire to lock up a more lucrative long term contract with the Lakers. But at the end of the day anything can happen during free agency and that’s where keeping all options open has importance.
This season marked just the sixth time in franchise history that the Lakers failed to reach the playoffs.