Former Florida Gators center Patric Young has decided not to participate in the 2015 NBA Summer League and will instead sign a two-year, fully-guaranteed deal with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos later this week, a source told OnlyGators.com exclusively on Thursday.
Young, who was initially planning to play for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in hopes of securing an NBA contract for the 2015-16 season, turned down a deal from Olympiacos earlier in the week. The basketball club, which plays in the Greek League and is one of the best teams in the Euroleague (finishing second last season), made Young a priority signee this offseason.
After signing an undrafted free agent contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, Young was released by the franchise without ever playing a game and spent the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign with Galatasaray in Turkey. He averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.5 minutes for the franchise.
Young wrestled with his offseason decision as he does want to pursue his NBA dream, but the Olympiacos offer was simply too attractive and lucrative to turn down at this point in his young career.
A four-year standout for the Gators, Young (6-foot-9, 240 pounds) was named the 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 boards during a senior season in which he helped lead the Gators to their first Final Four appearance since 2007.