Ex-NBA forward Sam Young signs with Sydney Kings in Australia


sam-youngFormer Indiana Pacers forward Sam Young could play for the Sydney Kings as early as their showdown with NBL frontrunners Perth Wildcats in Perth next Sunday – and, judging by high-level league discussions at head office, he could spark a flow of marquee-style imports to Australia from the NBA.

Young played for 5 seasons in the NBA, for Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia Sixers and Indiana Pacers. He averaged career high 7.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg for Memphis in his rookie 2009-10 season.

Young holds career averages of 5.8 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 15.9 mpg, appearing in 249 NBA games (52 started).

The signing of Young is a massive coup, but things didn’t go to plan on Thursday, with Young’s manager Joel Bell leaking news of the 198-centimetre 28-year-old’s signing with Sydney.

It placed Kings coach Shane Heal in the unenviable position of having to inform one of the Kings imports, point guard Jesse Sanders, that Friday night’s clash with Townsville Crocodiles at the Sydney Entertainment Centre would be his last.

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