Rumor: Cavs, Rockets, Timberwolves among teams interested in Nick Young
Swaggy P, also known as Nick Young, could see his tenure with the Golden State Warriors come to an end. According to a report from Darren Wolfson of ESPN and kstp.com, there are several teams interested in the free agent’s services should that be the case, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
I'm darn near Swaggy'd out being a Big Brother (TV show) aficionado. As for Swaggy P, Nick Young, the Kings, Grizzlies, Rockets, Cavs, Utah, #Twolves, others have kicked the tires. Told he sees a good opportunity here in MN, if interest ever turns more aggressive like last year.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 9, 2018
Young, now 33 years of age, had a bit of a down season with the Dubs, though he did perform fairly well in the final rounds of the Playoffs. He earned $5.19 million with the Warriors last season. However, most experts and analysts feel that he’ll have a hard time surpassing that figure in free agency.
Young made 80 regular season appearances with the Warriors last season, averaging 7.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field (37.7 percent from beyond the arc), and 1.6 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
If the Timberwolves are truly interested — and it sounds like they are — they’ll have to keep an eye on their luxury tax line.
“Minnesota has the non-tax mid-level ($8.6MM) and the bi-annual ($3.4MM) at its disposal,” Chris Crouse of hoopsrumors.com writes in his recent article. “However, with approximately $115MM already on the books, the team must be careful when handing out deals if it intends to stay below the luxury tax line. If a team uses its bi-annual exception or more than the taxpayer portion of its MLE, it becomes hard-capped for the season.”
The Rockets know Young quite well, as they faced him in his debut with the Warriors. The former USC Trojan came off the bench to drop six three-pointers en route to 23 points, though the Dubs lost that game, 122-121.
The Cavs, who were swept by the Warriors in this season’s NBA Finals, may have interest in Young, but they too are a bit strapped for cash, though they did just free up a big chunk of change when LeBron James decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
Which team Young will be suiting up for next season remains to be seen. He could be a solid addition, to be sure. Be sure to keep your browsers locked on ClutchPoints for more updates on this topic as they become available.