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NBA Free Agency 2011: Nick Young 'Pleased' With Washington Wizards' Direction, Agent Says

Washington Wizards free agent Nick Young has no shortage of suitors for his services, but returning to the Wizards remains a strong possibility, reports Michael Lee of the Washington Post. As Young is a restricted free agent, the Wizards can match any offer another team makes for his services.

In reference to the Wizards, Aaron Mintz, Young's agent, says his client "feels a lot of good energy coming from out there." In his fourth season from USC, Young averaged 17.4 points per game in 2010/11. Coach Flip Saunders tells Lee he's pleased with Young's improvement, but there's still work for him to do:

When I came here, all he had to do was play well, put it on the floor and try to get shots off. We changed it to the point where last year he became the catch-and-shoot-type shooter and not always have to put it on the floor all the time. Now we’ve got to have the situation where not always shoot it every time he touches it, but he’s also got to make plays for other people.

If and when Young signs an offer sheet with another club, Washington will have three days to match it in order to retain him. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, the matching period lasted seven days. At Bullets Forever, Mike Prada contends Washington "cannot be afraid to let Young go" if he signs a too-rich offer sheet.

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