Last season, the Golden State Warriors took one former member of the knucklehead-era Washington Wizards and turned him into a productive contributor to an NBA championship team. Now, it’s time for another; with JaVale McGee’s legacy as the first player to win a ring with a rat-tail secure, the Dubs intend to get Swaggy.
That’s right: Nick Young will join the Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, taking the taxpayer midlevel exception to play for the defending champs.
— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) July 5, 2017
Looks like Draymond is doing some free-agent recruiting …
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And apparently, Draymond wasn’t the only Warrior making a sales pitch:
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 5, 2017
Young is likely best known to casual fans as a “Shaqtin’ a Fool”-brand of basketball internet celebrity, one whose exploits have included (but are not limited to):
• Failing to conquer the Cinnamon Challenge with JaVale;
• Invoking “Django Unchained” and “Driving Miss Daisy” when detailing what it’s like to play with Kobe Bryant;
• Getting embroiled in a tabloid-gossip maelstrom when D’Angelo Russell’s surreptitious recording of a sensitive conversation led to fissures in Young’s relationship with then-girlfriend/celebrity musician Iggy Azalea and in the Lakers locker room;
• Claiming God came to him in a dream to bestow upon him the nickname Swaggy P;
• And, of course, celebrating a buzzer-beating 3-pointer while it was still in the air, only for it to wind up well wide of its target.
When he’s not doing things that are ridiculous and/or hilarious, Young also plays basketball. Quiet as it’s kept, he was pretty good at it last year for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 13.2 points in 25.9 minutes per game in 60 appearances while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point land and digging in defensively under first-year head coach Luke Walton — a former top assistant in Golden State, and someone with the ear of Warriors boss Steve Kerr. In fact, the 6-foot-7 swingman was one of the most efficient catch-and-shoot players in the league last year, joining a pair of names that’ll be pretty familiar to Bay Area fans:
— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) July 5, 2017
The 32-year-old’s shooting prowess, improved offensive efficiency and somewhat surprising defensive viability made him a target of multiple teams looking for help on the wing, with the Timberwolves and Pelicans both reportedly interested in securing his services. In the end, though, Young chose to link up with the defending champs in what could be a similar role to the one played over the past couple of seasons by unrestricted free agent Ian Clark as a second-unit combo guard who spaces the floor, moves without the ball and fires it when he gets it.
Young will join the just-added Omri Casspi to give the Warriors a pair of big wings off the bench capable of slotting in at multiple positions and making it rain from each of them. After bringing back Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston to keep together the core of last season’s title team, the rich continue to get even richer … and, in this case, more absurd.
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— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) July 5, 2017
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