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Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young
Position: F
Born: 06/21/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.

Nets keeping Lopez, Young

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The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing agreements with free agents Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lopez, 27, will receive a three-year, $60 million maximum contract that includes some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said. The deal is expected to incude a player option after the second season, which would allow him to re-enter free agency once new television money raises the salary cap.
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Rival teams interested in Brooklyn Nets free agents Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young are increasingly convinced that they have no shot at luring either one away from the incumbent Nets, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that both Lopez and Young are widely expected to reach verbal agreements on new deals with the Nets early in free agency, which officially begins Wednesday at midnight.
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After the Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young opted out of contracts to become unrestricted free agents, the Nets remain strong frontrunners to re-sign the frontcourt players, league sources told Yahoo Sports. General manager Billy King is determined to keep Lopez and Young, and both players opted out of contracts with strong intentions of reaching agreement on new deals with Brooklyn, league sources said.
Much was made of the fact that both Williams and forward Joe Johnson’s names were omitted in a letter to Nets season-ticket holders last week. Johnson is in the final year of his deal and owed $24.9 million next season. “Within that letter, I think everyone made a big deal of that because we didn’t mention Joe and Deron’s name, but I think in doing so, we talked about Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, trying to retain them because they were free agents,” King said.
In a letter obtained by The Post, King and Yormark wrote they visited owner Mikhail Prokhorov two weeks ago in Moscow to “discuss the state of the team.’’ King and Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.

Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez opting out?

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The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same.
The real points of interest here are center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young. Each has a contract option that they can exercise this summer, allowing them to his free unrestricted agency. But neither case is simple, and there is genuine uncertainty about what either player will do. Lopez’s option is worth $16.8 million, and given his recent history of injury, particularly when it comes to his foot, opting out and netting a big contract as soon as possible is the wise thing to do. But Lopez could come back next year, play out his option, (hopefully) stay healthy and look like an All-Star qtqin, setting him up for an enormous payday in the summer of 2016, when the league’s new TV deal kicks in.