Nick Young has accepted the Wizards’ qualifying offer of one-year, $3.7 million, as reported by the Washington Post’s Michael Lee, making it likely he will be an unrestricted free-agent in the summer of 2012. So sure, this season may be Nick Young’s swan song as a Wizard. It might not be.
What we don’t know is how much, if at all, Young and his agent were willing to come down from reported requests seeking a long-term deal paying $8-9 million per season. We know the Wizards were interested in signing Young long-term, but we don’t know where they were fiscally drawing their line in the sand. We don’t know if the Wizards wanted to give Young a raise for one season, most than $3.7 as an incentive/thank you. We don’t know if the Wizards, perhaps acting like a business, were requesting at least a two-year commitment in exchange for any type of raise past the qualifying offer. We don’t know if, at this point, Nick and his agent would rather be unrestricted next summer to take advantage of what some expect will be a more friendly free agent market. We do know that Young will be back with the Wizards for at least one year, and we do know that the team needs him.
What else does the return of Nick Young mean?
It means, Hello Turkey, Hello Australia.
It means in passing the ball, there’s likely no where to go but up for Nick.
It means more 360 moves.
It means Nick and Andray Blatche can go through their “Dial-It-Up” routine.
It means Nick might one day talk about topping his career-high 43 points.
It means sweet moves, sweet hair…. the return of Nick Young the Thriller.
It means Nick could once again find himself on the bench yawning due to Rip Hamilton.
It means that Nick might wear a lucky foxtail around the Verizon Center some more.