Wizards free agent guard Nick Young will not return to Washington to participate in the pro-am exhibition battle between the local Goodman League and the Los Angeles-based Drew League on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Trinity University.
A source close to Young said on Friday that he would not be able to compete for the Drew League, along with Wizards teammate JaVale McGee, because of “family stuff.”
“He’s not going to make it,” the source said.
Young, a native of Los Angeles, had been listed as a participant since the East-West battle was announced last month but his status came in doubt this week when Drew League Commissioner Dino Smiley said he would have to “waive” Young and replace him with Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Smiley was disappointed that Young had been unresponsive to phone calls and text messages after the Drew League had announced that Long Beach State senior guard Casper Ware Jr. was named the summer league’s most valuable player. Fans voted for the league’s MVP on the Internet.
Young averaged 40.5 points in eight games, including a 60-point game, but his team had a mediocre record and he was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Still, Young expressed his displeasure over the decision on Twitter over the perceived snub by asking, “So 60 can’t get me MVP in the @drewleague 30,40,41,43,45,30,60,35 each game I played.”
Smiley said Young had “a little attitude” over not winning the MVP and decided to go in another direction when Young missed a final scrimmage in Los Angeles before the players left for Washington. The game turned out to be Kobe Bryant’s first appearance at the Drew League and ended with Bryant scoring 43 points, including the game-winning jumper as time expired.
When word spread that Young was upset over not being named MVP, he again took to Twitter to downplay the speculation. “Y’all think I really care about winning MVP @drewleague come on man I play n that 2 get good run and work on moves I practice #RyouSerious”
As of Wednesday evening, neither Young nor Smiley were sure if he would participate and his name was on the roster. But now it appears that only two Wizards – McGee and John Wall – will be on the floor on Saturday.