NBA Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia 76ers Add Nick Young, to Amnesty Brand

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29:  Nick Young #11 of the  Los Angeles Clippers celebrates after making a three point shot against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.  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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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According to a tweet from Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent Nick Young: 

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:

 


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.