Is Nick Young’s price tag too high?
By Michael Lee
The Wizards will open the preseason with Jordan Crawford as the starting shooting guard and with Nick Young still in Los Angeles waiting for an offer that he deems fit to sign. A resolution for Young is expected to possibly come “in the next couple of days,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
With the season set to begin on Dec. 26 and most teams wrapping up training camps and preparing to start the evaluation process with two exhibition games, an unsigned free agent like Young will have to quickly get settled in and adjust to the new surroundings.
“It’s tough right now,” John Wall said of not having Young. “It’s a great person that did a lot of scoring for us last year but at the same time it’s a business you got to move forward with the team you’ve got in the locker room. I just hope he makes the best decision for himself.”
Why the delay for Young? According to two high-ranking Western Conference officials and a high-ranking Eastern Conference official, Young is seeking an annual salary in the range of $9 million per season – and few teams have the funds or the willingness to pay him right now.
“I do hear his price tag is pretty high,” one Western Conference official said.
Sacramento has money but no need at shooting guard. Indiana has cap room but has never shown an interest in signing players to offer sheets. New Jersey is still attempting to trade for Dwight Howard or save room to sign him next season. Denver is still trying to re-sign its own restricted free agent Arron Afflalo.
Young averaged a career-high and team-leading 17.4 points per game last season for the Wizards, the highest among free agent shooting guards. But this also hasn’t been the friendliest free agent signing period for perimeter players.
Marcus Thornton had the most lucrative deal, signing a four-year, $33-million deal with a Kings team that had plenty of cap space and is still below the salary floor. Jason Richardson returned to Orlando four-year, $25 million deal. Veterans Richard Hamilton and Jamal Crawford both signed deals for the mid-level at $5 million. Hamilton got two years with a team option for a third. Crawford got one year.
Jamal Crawford reportedly turned down a one-year, $6.5 million offer from Sacramento, but few teams have the money or the willingness to spend big on this condensed season. Detroit Pistons restricted free agent guard Rodney Stuckey reportedly balked at a five-year offer worth between $40 million and $45 million.
When asked if Young was looking for too much money after starting just 40 games last season, one league executive said, “It’s okay to ask, as long as you don’t mind the answer being no.”
The largest contacts have been obtained by big men such as Nene (five-years, $67 million from Denver), Tyson Chandler (four-years, $60 million from New York), DeAndre Jordan (four years, $43 million from the Los Angeles Clippers) and even Kwame Brown (one-year, $7 million).
The Wizards have tendered Young a $3.7 million qualifying offer but are also interested in bringing him back for a long-term deal – though likely not at his initial asking price, otherwise something would’ve been done by now. General Manager Ernie Grunfeld has given Young’s representatives permission to find an offer sheet elsewhere and have first right of refusal for any deal.
The market could improve next season, with few young, big-name shooting guards available and more teams with available salary cap room, but there is considerable risk involved in Young taking a one-year deal. Either way, the Wizards would like to have Young back in the fold and he probably will come back . . . but at what cost?
“I would think when all is said and done, this is where he’ll be,”Coach Flip Saunders said of Young. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
At a Fair price...9 million per is too much for Nick at this point...5 to 7 is very fair IMHO...he should sign a nice 3 year deal worth 15 to 20 Million...that or sign the qualifing offer and try his luck next year...
words of Spree, "I gotta family to feed!". He never got another offer, BTW.
^That was a crazy move by Spree, he was trying to say that 21 million over 3 years isn't enough to support your family????? Give me a break. Spree could have played 3 more seasons, but he ruined his chances, and he didn't shoot for more than 41% from the field each of his last 4 seasons, and he had already earned 97 million! And you are fussing about ONLY 21 million. That's BS.
and then the next year his Yacht was repo'd!!
Those 86 points the Wizards gave up in the first three quarters last night are a clear sign that the Wizards can still be the Wizards without paying big money to Nick Young for him chucking up shots and not defending anyone.
BTPH is another example of a guy who doesnt watch the Wizards play much or you just stick with labels no matter how much a guy changes. NY is a very good defender now, and doesn't chuck as much as he used to. Flip has molded his game and he's now more of an off-the-ball scorer, and is the best catch-&-shoot player accoriding to Synergy. I could pull the stats up right now, but I'm too lazy.
I've heard that clippers are 14mil under the cap so why not fill in the gap on sg with Nick Young? Proven scorer, with chris paul he can shine even brighter than now so why not? Maybe a sign and trade which will include Mo Williams. Sign Young a trade Bledsoe and Foye for some big man and in my opinion Clippers can go for the highest price/
think you understand what a sign and trade is...
i know that the clippers can sign an offer sheet with young because they have enough cap space but can they do a sign and trade with the wizards. i mean that wizards sign youn for 9mil per year and trade him for mo williams? where am i misunderstanding the sign and trade thing? please tell me.
^ why would they want Mo Williams over Nick Young?
because they just dont want to sign a long term contract for the cash that he wants and they would rather get williams than nothing?
^ they still would have to pay Williams. If they don't want Young then let him loose and save the money. There a young team and have no need for Williams.
but they would have to pay him for a short period of time. maybe they see a lot of potential in crawford and they would like a veteran, former all star guard to teach the young guys on the team. that's just an idea, i think Nick Young has great future, i can bet that he will score over 20ppg next season and best for the wizards would be just to give him the money. But if not, I thing he would be a great fit for the Clippers
I think he would be a great fit for the Clippers too after trading away Gordon and Aminu now find themselves needing some depth and outside shooting on the wing. The only thing aboyt Young is he is a true gunner who will surely get Blake upset by not being able to make passes in the post and jacking up more shots then he should be allowed.
I was hoping to see jordan crawford in a starting position.. I thought he was a great player to watch in college and has already proved to me he deserves PT in the NBA.... I dunno what the wizards should do but they have a lot of players that other teams wished they had.. If the wizards don't lock young up another team will pounce..
there is a chance that his mentality can change on a team with high expectations and with such players like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin. A little bit more mature Nick Young in my opinion is a guy that would allow the Clippers to think about something more than just getting to the playoffs.
NY isn't a VERY good defender, while I do agree Flip has done wonders to Nick's game(along with Gilbert's fake injury), Nick is only now an average defender who in some regards is still mediocre. Not to mention for a guy with around a 7ft wingspan and a 40inch vert, he is an absolute PATHETIC rebouner. I do in fact think he would be a terrific piece with LAC in a Rip Hamilton role, but not at 9 million. Like someone else said5-7 for a couple years to finish rounding out his game, and a bigger contract will come. For now, IMO, he's going to be stuck with the Q.O., or he's going to have to settle for less $.
Josh Howard + Adios = Wiz better resign Young quick in a hurry!