Agent Provides Rationale for Nick Young Choosing Warriors: ‘He Met With…'

Over the last couple of days, Nick Young potentially joining the Warriors became a thing.

On Wednesday morning, it became a reality.

Young's one-year deal will pay him $5.2 million.

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"We're excited. There were a number of opportunities for Nick -- he's been recruited by four different teams," his agent Mark Bartelstein said on ESPN. "The players have been calling; getting a number of pitches. He had some really interesting opportunities in different places.

"But he met with Steve Kerr and with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green -- and he had a great meeting with them, and they made it very clear how much they wanted him."

Giving Young the full taxpayer mid-level exception will cost the Warriors $18.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

"And the Warriors are in the luxury tax and they extended their full taxpayer mid-level to him, which is a huge investment in a guy," Bartelstein explained. "While Nick had some other opportunities that I think were exciting -- and maybe a chance to even have a bigger role -- I think he just felt that how much these guys had gone after him, and to play on a world championship team and the style they play, the way the ball moves, the way they share it, they look after each other and the way Steve coaches 'em.

"He wanted an opportunity to be a part of all that."

Young has developed quite the reputation since joining the league as the 16th overall pick in the 2007 draft.

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Bringing Young into the mix would seem to indicate that Ian Clark will not be back with the Warriors next season.

Kerr could simply plug Young into the role Clark had last year.

One thing is clear -- it will fun to see how it all unfolds...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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