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Wizards sign Young to one-year qualifying offer

Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: December 19, 2011 12:44 pm
By Matt Moore

The Washington Post first reported it Sunday night, and on Monday the Wizards made it official, Nick Young will remain a Wizard for another season.

Young signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Wizards in restricted free agency Monday, which will allow him to enter unrestricted free agency in 2012. Young's offer of $3.7 million for the season comes after a disappointing free agency period failed to net the long-term offer sheet Young was no doubt hoping for, due to teams' strong belief the Wizards would match any such offer. 

Young is a slightly above-average scorer with few other patented skills, but is only 26 and two-guards are becoming a bit of a premium in this market. He should pull in better offers next summer.

It's surprising that Young didn't receive an offer good enough to sign, but movement in restricted free agency was largely limited this time around, thanks in part to the restructured CBA.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:30 pm

Wizards sign Young to one-year qualifying offer

If this is all they plan to pay Nick Young, good.  He's a bargain at $3.7 million.  This team, however, is awful.  Andray Blatche, Nick Young, and JaVale McGhee might be the lowest basketball IQ core in basketball.  I feel bad for John Wall and Flip Saunders. 

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:33 am

Wizards sign Young to one-year qualifying offer

Your exposure to Young must be only from ESPN highlights. 17.3 per game is not a huge number, believe me the opportunity to score is there for the Wiz, they have few decent scorers, and play guys like McGee who present little offense. He's okay, but is a marginal starter at best.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:59 pm

Wizards sign Young to one-year qualifying offer

I'm guessing you don't watch a ton of Wiz games based on your review.  Nick is a lights out shooter, but literally doesn't have one more above average skill.  He has the lowest assist ratio of any 2 guard in the league, and is a below-average defender at best.  His mental lapses make Wiz fans tear their hair out at least three times a game.  He just simply has no basketball IQ.  

That all said, he is an excellent and efficient shooter, and that is enough to start for us for now.  This deal is perfect, as it allows him to keep the position warm for us for one more year until we can draft our future 2 or sign one as a FA, and another big scoring season will get some dumb team to ridiculously overpay him next summer.   My prediction: 3 years from now, he will be on the "worst contracts in the NBA list", but the contract will not be from us!   

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:29 pm

Wizards sign Young to one-year qualifying offer

A slighlty above average scorer?  You must be kidding me.  Nick Young is buckets, a pure shooter with scary athleticism.  There aren't many good true 2 guards in the league and he is one of them.  It's just a shame he's been hidden in Washington.

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