Update: 6/23, 1:55 PM
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Brooklyn Nets traded Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers for the 20th overall pick and a future second-rounder.
Update: 6/23, 10:52 AM
Both the Brooklyn Nets’ organization and fans were tortured as their team plodded along through 2015-16, finishing 21-61 and boasting the league’s third-worst record. Not everything was bad, however, and 28-year-old Thaddeus Young was one of Brooklyn’s silver linings.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the George Teach product has received interest from teams in the West, and the Nets are now looking to deal their second best player. More than anything, the Nets need draft picks, and a deal with whatever team would have to involve a first-round pick. Brooklyn’s former GM Billy King gave up first round picks in 2014 (turned into James Young), 2016 (the third overall pick), 2017 (the Celtics have the option to swap first-rounders that year) and 2018 for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. In retrospect, it’s one of the worst deals in recent memory and Sean Marks is looking to recoup losses.
Young was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2014-15 season, and his first full year with the Nets was one of his best as a pro. In 73 games, Young averaged 15.1 points and a career-high 9.0 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. His contract situation is modest, so team’s wouldn’t hesitate if it came down to financials. According to Spotrac, Young’s set to make an average of $13.5 million per year over the next three years. Brooklyn doesn’t need to hold onto that since they aren’t even remotely close to challenging for a playoff spot.
As for Thad, whoever gets him is getting a guy who would be the perfect compliment to an all-star caliber player. He’s made strides a rebounder and is decent in the low post. On top of that, he knows his game and doesn’t step out to shoot a lot of threes. On defense, he’s long, athletic, and can really thrive under a coach who stresses that side of the ball.