The Washington Wizards have made contact with restricted free agent Nick Young, according to a report in the Washington Post. Young had a breakout season in 2010, averaging 17.4 points per game and becoming the Wizards leading scorer. The Wizards already have right of first refusal with Young, after extending him a $3.7 million qualifying offer. The Wizards have made it known that Young and John Wall are two players they would like to build their franchise around.
Not only are the Wizards attempting to lock up Nick Young, but they have also reached out to two of their own veteran free agents, according to a report by Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Lee reports that two veteran free agents that the Wizards have reached out to are Josh Howard and Maurice Evans.
"Obviously, we have a young team and we'd like to keep the nucleus together. But I think you have to keep a balance as far as veterans are concerned also. We'd like to add a couple of veterans who are currently not under contract, then see who's available to us," Wizards president Ernie Grunfield told the Washington Post.