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2017 NBA Free Agency: Nick Young was set to sign with Pelicans until last minute reversal

New Orleans and Golden State both expected Nick Young to sign in the Crescent City.

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Nick Young was oh so close to becoming a member of the 2017-18 New Orleans Pelicans roster.

According to Zach Lowe on his latest podcast, both the Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors had an expectation that Young was going to wind up in New Orleans.

“They were in on Nick Young. They thought they were going to get Nick Young and the Warriors thought New Orleans was going to get Nick Young until a last minute reversal.”

The ultimate question, of course, is what the hell went wrong? Did Young have a sudden change of heart and decided ring-chasing was the better path to travel? Did the Pelicans fail to agree to one of his demands, whether contractual, regarding his role on the team, or something else during the final negotiations?

I honestly don’t see a logical answer that stands head and shoulders above all others. Do you? Either way, New Orleans has only added Jrue Holiday during this free agency period and will reportedly take a look at Darius Miller in training camp. For a roster that is in dire need of more shooting and ball handling, hope there’s more upgrades to come.