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Report: Nick Young accused of stealing phone, hitting fan in nuts after unwanted photo

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Nick Young and J.R. Smith don’t share just being past-their-prime shooting guards not playing.

Young also allegedly followed Smith’s example in snatching a phone from a fan taking an unwanted photograph – with the addition of a crotch shot.
TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell us … the LAPD received a call on Jan. 4 from a man who claims he was assaulted by Swaggy P when he tried to take his photo at a popular L.A. car wash.

The man acknowledged Young didn’t want to be photographed but he snapped a pic anyway — and that’s when Young snapped … confronting the fan, allegedly firing off a nut shot and swiping the phone.

It’s rude to photograph someone against their wishes. But people don’t hold a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place, and Young’s alleged behavior isn’t a reasonable response.

It’s also important to remember: No charges have been filed, and Young deserves an opportunity to defend himself.

Warriors signing DeMarcus Cousins not even best development of their summer

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NBCSports.com’s Dan Feldman is grading every team’s offseason based on where the team stands now relative to its position entering the offseason. A ‘C’ means a team is in similar standing, with notches up or down from there.

The Rockets downgraded. LeBron James didn’t form a super team anywhere. Only the Raptors emerged as a new contender, and that’s only if Kawhi Leonard is healthy.

The Warriors’ path to another championship looks even clearer now than it did at the beginning of the summer.

Oh, and they signed DeMarcus Cousins.

Of course Golden State isn’t assured a third straight title and fourth in five years. I’ve been banging the drum against the inevitability of a Warriors championship during this entire run, and I’m sure not stopping now. There are too many variables just to assume one team will cruise against a field of 29 others. But few teams have ever looked so well-positioned entering the season.

Golden State returns its entire elite core. Kevin Durant re-signed, though on just another 1+1 deal. Uncertainty seems unavoidable with him.

At least he’ll be a known factor next season. The same can’t be said of Cousins.

Cousins’ Achilles tear makes it unclear when he’ll play, let alone when he’ll play at a high level. Even once he gets healthy and on track individually, there are real questions about how he’ll fit with the Warriors. Cousins won’t necessarily be the dominant force that stacks the deck insurmountably in Golden State’s favor.

There was also a real opportunity cost to signing him. The Warriors needed more wings rather than another center, and they used their biggest tool to upgrade – the mid-level exception – on Cousins. And they’ll almost certainly get him for only one year. The largest starting salary they can effectively offer him next summer is just $6,404,400. If Cousins can’t command far more than that on the open market, he probably wouldn’t be welcomed back, anyway.

All that said, Golden State had to sign him when he agreed to play for so little. He’s so darned talented. It’s worth the risk. If everything pans out, he could help the 2018-19 Warriors stake a claim as the greatest team of all time.

Otherwise, the Warriors were pretty conservative this summer.

They drafted Jacob Evans No. 28 and signed Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko to minimum contracts. Patrick McCaw will probably accept his qualifying offer.

David West retired. JaVale McGee signed with the Lakers. Zaza Pachulia signed with the Pistons. Nick Young remains unsigned.

On a team with Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, those players just don’t move the needle much. Golden State was mostly locked into a static summer by virtue of the team’s incredible standing already.

So, it was shocking the Warriors added a potential gamechanger in Cousins. But the biggest moves for Golden State were the ones that didn’t happen elsewhere to threaten its supremacy.

 

Offseason grade: A

Gilbert Arenas brings $100k cash to gym for bet with Nick Young, makes 95/100 shots (video)

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Gilbert Arenas has a flair for gambling and shooting.

He combined those in this video about a bet with Nick Young. Arenas said (warning: with plenty of profanity mixed in) he had a $100,000 bet with Young on jumpers, but that Young no-showed. So, Arenas proceeds to shoot 95-for-100 to show his dominance over his friend and former Wizards teammate.

A few caveats:

  • We don’t know how many takes Arenas took from each spot. Though his sets of 20 shots from each spot were each continuous, there are breaks between each set. He could have filmed each set as many times as necessary.
  • We don’t know exactly where each spot is. I think they’re all 3-pointers, but the camera angle is usually too tight to know for certain.
  • We don’t know whether Young actually said he’d be there. This could all be for show.

But it sure is a fun show, at least.

Nick Young, Corey Brewer reportedly will work out for Timberwolves

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Minnesota has a couple of open roster spots — they have 12 guaranteed contracts, plus a non-guaranteed deal for James Nunnally and he likely makes the roster — and they are looking for some added depth on the wing and at forward. For a lot of teams, those last couple of end-of-the-bench spots go to younger players the team is trying to develop and bring along.

Not in Minnesota, because Tom Thibodeau.

Minnesota is bringing in some veterans to look at, the well-connected Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis reports.

Nick Young, Corey Brewer, and Arron Afflalo are all veteran guys who could provide some scoring punch off the bench (none of them defend that well anymore).

I say “could” because anyone the Timberwolves bring in at this point likely would be third or deeper in the mix at their position, which means they are going to spend most of the season on the bench because Thibodeau runs his starters into the ground. The Warriors found 17 minutes a game last season for Young, not because he was playing within the system or providing valuable defense, but rather because they knew he could give them minutes that would keep their stars rested and healthy for the long grind of the season and into the playoffs.

Is that going to happen in Minnesota? Either way, one or more of these guys could make the roster.

Nick Young reportedly arrested after traffic stop Friday night

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This is not how you impress teams when you are a free agent.

Nick Young was reportedly arrested Friday night in Hollywood following a traffic stop, as reported by TMZ Sports.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the former Golden State Warriors star was pulled over just before midnight for a routine traffic violation when something went wrong.

We’re told the 33-year-old refused to cooperate with the officers on scene, and so he was arrested for obstruction of justice….

He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked. We’re told Young’s vehicle was impounded.

We don’t have a lot of details here on exactly how this went down, so it’s difficult to draw and real conclusions.

Young won a ring last season with the Golden State Warriors, where he played 17 minutes a game, shot 41 percent from deep, and made some plays. The Warriors, frustrated with young not playing within the offense and not playing much defense at all, were looking to move on.

Young may not have a home when training camp starts, but he is the kind of player who gets picked up as a mid-season replacement by some team.