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Nick Young reaches deal to come to Philadelphia

Jul 6, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

Nick Young shirt Getty Images

Well Doug Collins, now you have an unrepentant gunner on your roster.

Nick Young has reached an agreement to become a Philadelphia 76er, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports (and since confirmed my multiple other sources). It is a one-year, $6 million deal. Which frankly is a bit more than I would pay.

Young likely steps into the Lou Williams role in Philly as a gunner off the bench. He will gun. He’s a good spot-up shooter who likes to try to put the ball on the floor too often. Young is not nearly as efficient a scorer as Williams.

And Williams is out, tweeting Friday that the Sixers organization chose to move in another direction and telling Philly fans he will not be back.

Young spent his first four and a half NBA seasons with the Wizards, then was traded to the Clippers. He put up a lot of points for the Wizards, 17.4 points per game in 2011, 16.6 before he was traded last season, but Young was doing that with volume. He’s never been terribly efficient, with a career 42.9 percent shooting. He never quite got comfortable working next to Chris Paul with the Clippers and shot 39.4 percent from there. His biggest contribution to the Clippers playoff run was that shirt he wore, the one CP3 found so amusing he invited Young to the press conference.

Young moves into a two-guard rotation in Philadelphia with Evan Turner, two guys with very different styles. How Young’s style fits with the old-school Doug Collins could be interesting.

  1. dysraw1 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    damm don’t the Knicks front office even have a clue

  2. readysethike - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Lakers ought to go after Lou Williams

    • borderline1988 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      They already have Kobe Bryant…
      The Lakers need wing defenders (assuming MWP is traded or amnestied or takes a step back) and spot up shooters, as well as depth in the frontcourt.
      Think about a guy like Shane Battier, and what he was able to do for the Heat. That would be the best fit for the Lakers at this point, since MWP can’t really shoot anymore, and is a bit slower on defense. Or Grant Hill – that would be amazing for them.

      Williams is a shooting guard who cant defend but likes to take shots and score…why would they need that when they already have Kobe? And Kobe never really gets injured or appreciates being under-utilized/on the bench, so it’s not like they need much depth at that position.

  3. wlubake - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    From the looks of that picture, he’ll miss L.A. That shirt won’t fly in Philly.

  4. icdogg - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    At least it’s only a one year deal.They are keeping the door open for bigger changes in the next couple of years should opportunities arise.

  5. areyesrn - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    is he at least a better defender than Sweet Lou?

    • scalfor3 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      yeah about that…

  6. Roderic Rinehart - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    There is so little downside to one year deals. This is another decent piece for Collins to move around the chess board. Ceiling for the team is probably the 4 seed, but floor is probably the 8 seed, with or without Iggy.

  7. jimsjam33 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Thanks Nick ,

    You gave your all to the Clippers . Good team mate , came ready to play every game , and understood your role . I bet the Grizzlies wished you never played for the Clipps . In that fifth game in Memphis you shot three straight three’s to bring back the Clips from the dead . it was awesome . Good luck in Philly !
    A one year six million dollar contract ? I understand it’s was an offer too good to pass up .

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