Friday, December 19, 2014

Sixers cut ties to Brand: will sign Nick Young

The Sixers, not much of a player in free agency, will use the amnesty clause on forward Elton Brand, owed $18.2 million in the final year of his contract, and they reached agreement in principle to sign free-agent guard Nick Young to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sixers cut ties to Brand: will sign Nick Young

The Sixers will use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand. (Darron Cummings/AP)
The Sixers will use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand. (Darron Cummings/AP)

The Sixers, not much of a player in free agency, will use the amnesty clause on forward Elton Brand, owed $18.2 million in the final year of his contract, and they reached agreement in principle to sign free-agent guard Nick Young to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The amnesty clause allows the final year of Brand’s contract to come off of the Sixers’ salary cap. Teams below the salary cap will be permitted to bid for Brand’s services. The Sixers will pick up whatever the difference is that the team that signs Brand reaches an agreement with the player to pay him.

If no team picks Brand up, he will become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. 

Young, 6-7, is an athletic player who should help the Sixers at the offensive end, where they struggled. He averaged 14 points last season with Washington and the Clippers.

More coverage
 
Sixerville: Sixers to sign free agent Nick Young
Poll: Do you agree with the decision to amnesty Brand?
Gallery: Newest Sixer Nick Young
Photos: Moe Harkless
Photos: Arnette Moultrie

Neither deal can be consummated until July  11.

About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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