Nick Young is looking for a home, and he might find one somewhere that won’t make Golden State Warriors fans happy. Swaggy P, who evolved into the Swag Champ while winning a title with the Warriors in 2018, will be attending the Houston Rockets minicamp, with hopes of making the team.
Source: Terrence Jones, Nick Young, and Luc Mbah a Moute will be among the players in Vegas for the Rockets’ minicamp.— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) September 17, 2019
After playing 80 games for the Warriors in 2017-18, and averaging 7.3 points per game on 37.7% three-point shooting, Young had trouble finding a home last year. The 12-year veteran didn’t break camp with a team, and joined the Denver Nuggets midseason when they were struck by the injury bug.
Young appeared in just four games for the Nuggets, before returning players forced Denver to cut him. He never caught on with another team.
Now he’s hoping to join the Rockets, a team he helped defeat during the 2018 playoffs. That was the year when the Rockets and Warriors met in the Western Conference Finals, with Houston take a 3-2 series lead, only for Golden State to come storming back. Young averaged 4.3 points per game in that series, and shot 40.0% from distance.
The Rockets are in need of depth and bench shooting, and Young could potentially provide that. Houston has a strong core of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, and Clint Capela, but is sorely lacking in talent behind those five.
Last year, the players who played the most minutes other than those five (substituting last year’s start point guard, Chris Paul, for this year’s), were Gerald Green, Austin Rivers, and Danuel House, Jr. Those still project to be the leading bench minutes, which tells you everything you need to know.