With Wilson Chandler deciding to take the plunge and commit to a full season in China, it might have a bit of a domino effect of other players joining in. Already Thaddeus Young is reportedly in talks with a Far East club.
Now, it's another Young. Nick Young. Via ESPN.com:
Young’s agent, Aaron Mintz, told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that Nick Young is getting “major interest” from teams in China. The catch? Actually signing with one of them, like Chandler did, means Young would most likely be forfeiting the opportunity to play in the NBA in 2011-12 in the event that the lockout eventually ends, thanks to a rule instituted by the Chinese Basketball Association earlier this month that forbids its teams to include NBA out clauses in contract offers.That's indeed the catch and it's a big one. Jumping into that pool means you give up a season in the NBA for sure, lockout or not.
Nick Young blossomed into a nice scorer last season averaging 17.4 points a game after Gilbert Arenas was traded from Washington. And while he's not going to find a huge offer overseas most likely, he's going to get a decent paycheck.
It's just a question as to if Young, a restricted free agent who has a qualifying offer of about $3.6 million, is willing to risk losing out on that money and a full season in the NBA. Of course there has to be a season in the NBA to lose out on and right now, that doesn't look so hot.