76ers to Amnesty Forward Elton Brand, Sign Guard Nick Young
(NEW YORK) — After a relatively quiet start to the offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms on a contract with free agent guard Nick Young. They will also release power forward Elton Brand under the league’s amnesty clause.
The 27-year old guard played for the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers last season. He averaged 14.2 points per game, 16.6 with Washington and 9.7 with Los Angeles. The 76ers struggled to generate much offense last season and Young should provide a boost in that department. Young’s deal is reportedly for one-year at $6 million.
Meanwhile, Brand has spent the past four seasons in Philadelphia, but failed to live up to the five-year contract worth over $80 million he signed prior to the 2008-2009 season. Brand never averaged more than 15.0 points per game with the 76ers. This past season Brand averaged 11.0 points and 7.1 rebounds.
By using the amnesty clause on Brand, the team must still pay Brand’s 2012-2013 salary of $18 million, but it will not count against the team’s salary cap.
With the signing of Young, the team is not expected to bring back guard Lou Williams, who finished second in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award voting.
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