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Young proved a lot this year--and not just to the Wizards
When Young got dislodged from the bench after the Gilbert Arenas trade, he showed flashes of what he can be in the league: a high volume scorer with range and elite athleticism. Despite being 25, this was really the first season he got consistent playing time with the starting unit.
It was a welcome development for the Wizards, but it will make retaining his services more difficult.
Many teams around the league are looking for guys like NY, who have great size (6'7" 210), can average 20 points a game and shoot efficiently from all over the floor. I would be quite surprised if he didn't elicit an offer in the three years, $15 million range from another franchise. That's a considerable raise from his $3.6 Qualifying Offer.
But Young's skill shooting the ball has to be balanced with the rest of his game. He's not a great defender nor is he considered particularly "tough," two things the Wizards are supposedly looking to instill in the team. He also doesn't do much other than score, evidenced in his low assist and rebound rates per 40 minutes. The rebounding one is particularly disconcerting, given the size and athletic advantage he has on a nightly basis.
The Wizards will make him an offer, but I don't see Young settling for anything under $5 million a season. The emergence of Jordan Crawford has made retaining him less of a priority, but that doesn't mean they won't try.