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NBA Free Agency: 5 Potential Landing Spots For Nick Young

NBA Free Agency: 5 Potential Landing Spots For Nick Young

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Nick Young had one of the best seasons of his career while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. It also came at a relatively cheap price for the Lakers, as "Swaggy P" only commanded a paltry $ 1.2 million for his services. But all signs point to Young declining the option on his contract in order to get more money for his hot hand. Which teams will be willing to pay to get his coveted scoring ability?

5. Houston Rockets

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5. Houston Rockets

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If you watched the Rockets all season long, you'd notice how they sorely lacked a backup shooting guard and small forward. Neither Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi or Jordan Hamilton stepped up to the plate, leaving James Harden and Chandler Parsons to eat up all the minutes. Nick Young can give those guys a rest and provide much-needed enthusiasm and scoring ability to the Rockets' bench.

4. Charlotte Hornets

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4. Charlotte Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets will be one of the offseason's big players, as they have a good amount of cap space that they're excited to use. After one of their best and most promising seasons as a franchise, the Hornets will look to add more offensive firepower, possibly in the form of Nick Young. Young can give the Hornets another scoring option who can create for himself, and a level of energy and intensity that would fit any bench.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder showed that they still lack the ability to be the best in the West. With coach Scott Brooks not being able to trust Jeremy Lamb or Thabo Sefolosha anymore, and Caron Butler leaving in free agency, Nick Young might be their answer as the backup SG and SF. Young can make a living at the 3-point line as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook make defenses collapse onto them.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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Cleveland was one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA this season. Kyrie Irving was their only consistent offensive scorer, and if the Cavs wants Irving to stay, they'll need to show some signs of life in the offseason. Securing the rights to Nick Young would mean having another player who can create his own shot when Irving isn't playing too well. They will also have more than enough cap space to entice Young.

1. Los Angeles Lakers

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1. Los Angeles Lakers

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The most likely possibility is that Young stays with the Lakers. He's mentioned a number of times that he would love to stay in Los Angeles, even if it means taking a pay cut. The Lakers would love to keep their top scorer of this season, especially considering Kobe Bryant's unclear future.