NBA Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia 76ers Add Nick Young, to Amnesty Brand
Nick Young has reached agreement on a deal with the 76ers, his agent says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2012
A 27-year-old shooting guard who most recently played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Young looks to be the immediate replacement for Lou Williams off the Sixers bench.
As Williams searches for a long-term deal, the Sixers opted to go with a cheaper, similar option in Young.
At 6'7'' and 210 pounds, Young provides more versatility than Williams, and although he only averaged 9.7 points per game with the Clippers, he posted 16.6 points per game in 40 games last season with the Wizards.
Although Young is known to be a bit erratic, it comes with the reputation of being a gunner.
A career 42.9 percent shooter from the floor, Young will help stabilize one of the league's most inconsistent offenses.
Young is also a 37.8 percent three-point shooter for his career, compared to Williams' average of 33.7 percent from beyond the arc.
In other breaking news, Wojnarowski is reporting that the Sixers have used their amnesty provision on power forward Elton Brand:
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The 76ers have decided to use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand and the $18M left on final year of his deal, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2012
With Brand long thought to be a target of the amnesty provision, Rod Thorn and the Sixers front office have pulled the trigger on a move that fans have been clamoring for.
The use of the amnesty clause will provide the Sixers with $18 million dollars in cap space, and that financial flexibility could be huge in acquiring some new talent.
After exercising some patience, it appears that Sixers fans are getting exactly what they wanted.
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