Young signs two-year deal with New Orleans

Former Florida center Patric Young averaged 7.8 points and 8 rebounds per game in his five summer league outings with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

In the end, it all worked out for former Florida center Patric Young.

Young signed a two-year, guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, all but assuring he will begin the 2014-15 season on an NBA roster.

Young said he knew since shortly after the draft that New Orleans was going to sign him, but cemented that impression by averaging 7.8 points and 8 rebounds in five summer league games. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed, but as an undrafted free agent, Young will likely make in the neighborhood of the NBA rookie minimum of $490,000 per season.

“I'm just thankful for the opportunity,” Young said.

On and off the court, Young put together a stellar four-year career at UF that culminated in the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Jacksonville native leading the Gators to their fifth Final Four appearance in school history last April. Along with being a three-time Southeastern Conference scholar athlete of the year, Young finished his college career with more than 1,300 points and 800 rebounds.

Despite Young's combination of intelligence and strength, he surprisingly wasn't picked in the NBA draft three weeks ago. But it allowed Young's agent, Jim Tanner, to pick the best chance for him to sign with a team. New Orleans had room because it took just one player in the 2014 draft, second-round Louisville guard Russ Smith (who was acquired in a trade).

“I'm just going to go into training camp, stay humble, and try to prove to all those teams that didn't draft me that they were wrong,” Young said.

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