Nuggets use hardship waiver, sign Nick Young

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Denver Nuggets signed guard Nick Young on Monday. They signed him after being granted an injury hardship waiver from the NBA.

In a corresponding move, the team released guard Brandon Goodwin.

Former Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young attempting a jumper against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jeff Green
Nick Young attempting a jumper against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jeff Green (Getty Images)

Young last played with the Golden State Warriors during the 2017-18 season. He also won an NBA Championship with the franchise after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in The Finals.

He is also known as Swaggy P and appeared in 80 games last season, including eight starts. He averaged 7.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.

The 33-year-old Los Angeles, California native will be a reserve for the Nuggets. Denver is presently third in the Western Conference with a 17-9 record.

They trail the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the top two teams in the Conference. The Warriors had an 18-9 record, while the Thunder has a 16-8 record.

Young is expected to back up starter Gary Harris. Malik Beasley is second, while DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is third in the shooting guard depth chart, according to Young is fourth.

This will be Young’s sixth team in his career. Besides the Warriors, he also played for the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 23-year-old Norcross, Georgia native is averaging 23.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game for the Memphis Hustle. He made nine starts and is averaging 33.7 minutes per game in the G-League.

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