Nuggets waive guard Nick Young
Young came onto the team at a time when Denver was severely banged up. The Nuggets are still shorthanded from injuries, but they’re playing well and are starting to get healthy:
With Paul Millsap returning from injury last night in Phoenix — and the expected arrivals of Gary Harris and Will Barton soon — Nick Young had to be released. He was on the roster using an injury hardship exception, which runs out when injured players return.
— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) December 30, 2018
Denver is 23-11 and holds sole possession of first place in the Western Conference despite the injury woes. Nikola Jokic is playing like an MVP, and the returns of Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Will Barton will only make the Nuggets more formidable.
For Nick Young, he should be able to find another team that could use him. Tons of teams are looking for wings who can stretch the defense on catch-and-shoot opportunities, which is Young’s specialty. The Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, and even his former squad, the Los Angeles Lakers, are teams that could be looking for a 3-point threat.
Young waited until December to sign with Denver. He was only there for a few short weeks, but he made it clear that he wanted to land in the right situation. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll take his time again. Either way, he should be able to find a home if he feels it’s the right fit.
As for the Nuggets, they’re looking to move forward and tighten their grip on the Western Conference.