Friday, July 06, 2012

Sixers sign Nick Young, amnesty Brand

The Sixers had a busy day Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $6 million dollar deal with shooting guard Nick Young, and using the NBA's amnesty clause to cut Elton Brand and the $18.2 million left on his contract.

The Young move effectively ends Lou Williams' tenure in Philadelphia.

"Philly, I appreciate you all," Williams Tweeted after the Young news broke. "Unfortunately I will not be coming back, as an organization they decided to move in a different direction."

At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds Young offers far more size and is a more well-rounded player than Williams. A shooter, Young averaged 17.4 points per game with the Wizards in 2011 and was netting 16.6 per game before he was traded to the Clippers last season. He's a better defender than LouWill and a more explosive scorer when the jumper is falling but isn't as adept at getting his own shot.

Meanwhile, the Sixers have decided to use the amnesty provision on Brand. The move saves the team tens of millions in luxury tax expenses as well as Brand's massive salary number as it relates to the cap. The team still has to pay the veteran, however.

The Dallas Mavericks are considering a bid for Brand under amnesty waivers and if he clears waivers, Miami and Brooklyn are believed to be interested.
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