Why Young will end up a Wizard

Why Young will end up a Wizard
December 14, 2011, 4:57 pm
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Heres a look at where some of the free-agent shooting guards have landed and what it means for Nick Young:

Marcus Thornton to Kings: 4 years, 33 million
Last season, Thornton became a go-to scorer for Sacramento. His 21.3 points per game came on just 17.5 field-goal attempts. He also turned the ball over just one time per outing. Im not sure if Thornton, at 6 feet 4, is a long-term starter at shooting guard, but at the least hell be an efficient sixth man. At 24 years old, he has the potential to get even better.

Impact on Young: This is the type of deal Mark Bartelstein (Youngs agent) will use as a template for his client. Young is three inches taller and averaged nearly the same amount of points.

Orlando Magic waive Gilbert Arenas
Orlando still owes Arenas a whopping 62 million. Now that Arenas has cleared waivers, he can sign with any team that he wants. The question is: Will anyone take a chance on him? Obviously, Arenas brings a lot of baggage, but financially he could be brought in for the veterans minimum.

Impact on Young: Plain and simple, Arenas can be brought in on a much cheaper one-year deal. Young is looking for long-term money.

Pistons buy out Richard Hamilton
Various reports have Hamilton ultimately signing with the Chicago Bulls. That was the one team I felt made the most sense for Young. Hamilton again is a much cheaper option for the Bulls. He also comes with the veteran pedigree that the Bulls would like to have in their backcourt next to Derrick Rose.

Impact on Young: Last season, the Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference finals with Keith Bogans as their starting 2 guard. They covet a 2 who can knock down an open jumper and create his own shot. Young can do both. Coach Tom Thibodeau would also force Young to correct his defensive liabilities. At 6 7, Young has the length and athleticism to defend opposing shooting guards.

Jason Richardson to Magic: 4 years, 25 million
Again, this is another deal that Bartelstein will use in defense of Young. At 31 years old, Richardson is five years older than Young. J-Rich also relies on his athleticism, which will naturally decline given his age.

Impact on Young: If Thorntons contract represented the ceiling, I would think Richardsons represents the basement. Young will fall somewhere between the two.

Other 2 guards on the market: Vince Carter has signed a three-year, 9.4 million deal with Dallas. The Pacers and Knicks are pursuing Jamal Crawford. After re-signing Nene, Denver has shifted its focus to extending restricted free agent Aaron Afflalo.

In all likelihood, Young will eventually have to accept the 3.7 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Wizards. The market for shooting guards is drying up quickly, and coming back to Washington makes the most sense for Young. Hell be able to play a full season with a healthy John Wall. Also, opposing general managers want to see another full season of production from Young before making such a steep investment. Next summer, Young would be able to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.