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Old 03-16-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Default Re: Nick Young a Clipper

The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Clippers' acquisition of shooting guard Nick Young in a three-way deal with Washington and Denver on Thursday won't cure all the ills that have dropped them to second behind the Lakers in the division and into a battle for the fourth spot in the West. But the price of seldom-used forward Brian Cook and the 2015 second-round draft pick they got in the Chris Paul trade was a relative steal for a shooting guard who can provide needed size in the backcourt, another legitimate scoring option and capable defense when he's challenged.

"You're not going to replace a Chauncey Billups, his experience and his leadership and what he brings to the court," Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I think Nick will give us another explosive scorer out there."

The deal wasn't finalized until two hours before the Clippers squandered a 17-point lead over the Steve Nash-less Phoenix Suns in a 91-87 loss at Staples Center that left them 9-11 since Billups exited the lineup. Young, who averaged 16.6 points per game on 40.6% shooting for the woeful Wizards, isn't expected to make his Clippers debut until Tuesday.
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