News of NBA deals flew in at a frantic pace at the trade deadline this year… The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired Nick Young from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team trade. To complete the trade, the Wizards are receiving Nene Hilario from Denver and Brian Cook and a 2nd round pick from the Clippers, with Denver receiving JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf from Washington.
The Clippers have been searching for a shooting guard ever since losing Chauncey Billups for the season to a torn Achilles. Young at 6’6″ offers a the Clippers a versatile wing player capable of scoring as a compliment to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others.
In 40 games this season, Young has averaged 16.6 ppg om 30 minutes for the Wizards after averaging a career high 17.4 ppg last season. Young, who is from the Los Angeles area, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Denver signed Nene to a huge five-year, $65 mil extension this summer but had been disappointed with his production so far. Nene has averaged 13.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg with little impact this season. Nene will give the Wizards a scoring post presence in the half court game. Brian Cook is essentially a throw in to make the contracts work financially.
The Wizards were anxious to move McGee as he did not gel well with PG John Wall. While McGee may be still developing, he is a solid shot blocker, runs the floor well and can finish at the rim. If things don’t work out in Denver with McGee they can simply let him walk in the off season as he will be a restricted FA.