NBA Free Agency 2012: Nick Young and the Philadelphia 76ers Are a Perfect Fit
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with free agent guard Nick Young. Young wanted to return to the Clippers, but the Clippers decided to go in a different direction when they signed Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.
The Sixers have been looking to acquire a shooter since the offseason began, and now they finally have their man. Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams led the team in three-pointers made last season, but both of those players seem to be on their way out of town.
Nick Young was drafted with the 16th pick in the 2007 draft by the Washington Wizards, and spent his first four-and-a-half years in Washington. He was then traded last year to the Los Angeles Clippers where he had some ups and downs.
The Philadelphia 76ers need not only a shooter, but a guy who is capable of scoring 25 points on any given night. Although Nick Young isn't the ideal guy for that role, he has the potential to be a very good scorer in this league.
Just two seasons ago, Young averaged 17 points per game for the Wizards. Those 17 points per game would have led the Sixers in scoring last season.
In addition to acquiring a capable scorer, the Sixers have not given up on their plan to go after top free agents in 2013. By signing Young to a one-year deal, they still will have a ton of cap room after next season.
This move is a win-win deal for the 76ers, as they get the shooter that they have been searching for, who could also become their leading scorer next season.
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