The Wizards needed Nick Young and Nick Young needed the Wizards, and the pair was brought back together at least for a season after the starting guard is set to sign a qualifying offer with Washington Monday.
With no NBA team willing to ante up the big bucks for Young's services, and with the clock ticking toward the start of the NBA season, Young took the one-year 3.7 million deal from the Wizards.
Young gets another season to prove to skeptics and other NBA teams that last season's output of 17.4 points a game was not a fluke and, that if he puts together an even better campaign this year, he can be rewarded in the big summer of 2012 when teams will have more money to spend.
If he's in shape and ready to go, Young slides right back into the starting shooting guard spot alongside John Wall. Jordan Crawford would head to the bench to provide energy and offense off the pine.
The Wizards gamble of not signing Young long-term and just meeting the qualifying offer paid off. They would have had a tough call to make as to whether to match an offer by another team, especially if it was for substantially more than the qualifying offer. Instead, they get Young for another season.
Hopefully, both parties will benefit.