Philadelphia 76ers Get Young

7 07 2012

Sixers Lose Williams; Add Scoring Guard Young

Mike-Gill1 By: Mike Gill  |  Yesterday

The Sixers and Lou Williams have parted ways. (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

Lou Williams will not return to the Sixers after they agreed to sign guard Nick Young to a one-year deal.

“Philly, I appreciate you all. Unfortunately I will not be coming back … they decided to move in a different direction,” Williams posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

In his place, the Sixers bring in free agent shooting guard Nick Young who at 6-7 averaged 14.2 points and he can shoot from the outside and score.

Young could serve as a scorer off the bench to replace Williams as the top scoring threat off-the-bench or move into the starting lineup at shooting guard to replace Evan Turner.  The Sixers like the size he brings to the shooting guard spot.

Overall, I like this move much like I endorsed the Sixers replacing Williams with Jamal Crawford (who went to the Clippers).  The Sixers needed more size and adding Young gives the them a big guard who can score 14-17 points per game.

PCPTAKE:  Significance here is a one year deal for Young.  Sixers seem to get that 2013 will be the year they can shed salary and finally make a move in free agency and are doing what it takes to position themselves to be players in next year’s market.