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Warriors news: Nick Young joins Warriors on a one-year, $5.2M deal

Young gets the full MLE as team fleshes out its bench unit.

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As previously rumored, the Golden State Warriors used their last trick, the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.2 million, to sign free agent guard Nick Young.

ESPN reported on some of the merits for this relationship:

Young averaged 13.2 points per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. In New Orleans, he would have an extended role as a legitimate perimeter threat to blend with the interior dominance of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. But Golden State offers a chance at a championship run and a reserve role that could significantly enhance his value the next time he hits free agency.

In light of the signing of sharpshooter Omri Casspi, this move signals a clear end to any chance of Vince Carter joining the Warriors and certainly also means that Ian Clark will not be returning.

The 11-year veteran should adequately fill in off the bench in limited minutes. He had a very good season last year, and given the system here in Golden State, may surprise a few people with his ability to contribute.

“Swaggy P” posted a career-high .588 True Shooting Percentage, firing 66.5% of his shots from 3-point range and making a very solid 40.4% of those — while posting the lowest turnover rate of his career. As a 31-year-old, Young posted a career-best season in the Basketball-Reference metrics of Win Shares and Value Over Replacement Player while stunningly posting a positive Real Plus-Minus. Outside of the stats, Young finally seemed to accept his skills and limitations and showed more effort on defense than we’ve ever seen.

What do you think of this signing, GSoM?


How would you grade the acquisition of Nick Young?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    A - solid move! Hard to get a better bench shooter at this price.
    (863 votes)
  • 40%
    B - Not too shabby, especially with the salary limitations we had
    (800 votes)
  • 12%
    C - Meh, give me Vince Carter
    (251 votes)
  • 4%
    D/F - Yuck. (explain in comments)
    (85 votes)
1999 votes total Vote Now

Ok folks. Two roster spots left, both likely to go to cheap big men! Pachulia and McGee?

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