After fulfilling a “dream” of playing for his hometown Los Angeles Clippers, Nick Young has returned to the East Coast after agreeing on Friday to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Young’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed that his client would spend next season a few hours north of where the former Wizard spent most of his NBA career.
“He’s excited, and it’s a great fit for him,” Bartelstein said, when reached by phone.
Young had spent the first 4½ seasons of his career with the Wizards before getting traded at the deadline in a three-team deal that brought Nene to Washington. JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf were sent to Denver in the trade.
The 76ers created room to sign Young when they used the amnesty provision to waive veteran big man Elton Brand and cleared his $18 million salary from the books next season. Young averaged 9.7 points in 22 games with the Clippers after the trade.
He also contributed 8.3 points in 11 playoff games, including an impressive 19-point effort in the Clippers’ thrilling 27-point comeback against Memphis in his playoff debut with the team.
Young was a restricted free agent last season, but declined a multi-year deal worth close to the mid-level exception of $5 million to sign a $3.7 million qualifying offer to return to Washington. After averaging a career-high 17.4 points in 2010-11 he was seeking a deal that would close to $9 million and believed that the market would be more favorable this summer, but he has opted to play for a contract for the third consecutive season.
Yahoo! Sports was first to report to agreement.
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