Sixers’ coach Doug Collins said yesterday that he hopes and plans on turning Nick Young into a candidate for Most Improved Player this season. Philly fans were ready to be rid of Lou Williams and his awful shot selection, but Young isn’t far behind. He is a career 43 percent shooter who doesn’t pass at all… seriously, as a guard, how do you have a career assist average of 0.9? During his final days with Washington, Young was putting up 15-20 points on the regular, but with a team that actually mattered (L.A. Clippers), his scoring punch fell off to less than 10. It’s hard to say how much scoring the former Wizard golden child will be doing this year, but we’re figuring he won’t lead the Sixers in that category like Williams did … Speaking of the Wizards, they used the amnesty clause to finally – THANKFULLY – get rid of Andray Blatche, who had spent the better part of the last year as both out of shape and unwanted. Actually, he had been working towards this moment for years, doing one stupid thing after another. Whereas Young and JaVale McGee seemed to go through with things to get laughs, Blatche just did stuff that was illegal, not funny and just downright annoying. As any Wizards fan will tell you, the dude has a ton of talent and showed it repeatedly before he was paid. Once he got that money? All he was trying to do was chill. Strangely, over the past five months or so, Washington has made all the right moves: surrounding John Wall with some talented veterans, drafting one of the best prospects and the best fit in the draft, and getting rid of all of the extra weight they’ve been carrying over the previous few seasons. There’s something not right here. They’re due for a terrible signing or trade … In a continuing effort to employ every crazy player in the entire league, the Nuggets set Chris “Birdman” Andersen free and then scooped up Anthony Randolph for three years and $6 million … Other NBA offseason news: the Wolves and Grizzlies have agreed to a deal that’ll swap Wayne Ellington and Dante Cunningham … Minnesota also figures they’ll be able to land restricted free agent Greg Stiemsma … Brooklyn is expected to re-sign Keith Bogans … Orlando draftee Fran Vazquez signed a deal with a new club in Europe, decreasing the chances that we ever see him in the NBA … And the Lakers declined to use their amnesty on Metta World Peace, and are also considered front runners to sign Antawn Jamison and Jermaine O’Neal … We’re out like Lin.
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