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Former Warrior Nick Young signs with the Nuggets

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Banged up Denver has added some championship caliber depth.

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After a brief absence, the Swag Champ has returned to the basketball court. Nick Young, who won a title in 2018 with the Golden State Warriors, has signed with the Denver Nuggets.

It’s a big move for the Nuggets, who have been hit harder by injuries than any other team in the league. Three of Denver’s starters - Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Paul Millsap - are currently out with injuries that will sideline them until at least the new year (and likely a bit longer for the latter two).

Denver is also without free agent acquisition Isaiah Thomas, and lottery pick Michael Porter Jr., as both players have missed the entire season thus far. In other words the Nuggets - who are only a half-game behind the Warriors in the standings - desperately needed some healthy talent, and Young brings that to the franchise.

For Young, this represents his sixth NBA team, and his 12th season. In his one year with the Warriors, he averaged 7.3 points per game, while shooting 37.7% from three-point range. He wasn’t the fit the Dubs were expecting, but he still was a valuable player.

No word on whether or not Young’s contract is guaranteed. If it isn’t, he could be cut when the team gets healthier. But if it is, the Warriors will welcome him back - and put a ring on his finger - in March.