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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.
Salary: $12,078,652
Before the game, Turner knew what he wanted to accomplish in playing alongside Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, his two new teammates in the projected starting lineup. “I want to get used to playing with Jeff in the pick-and-roll,” said Turner, who missed the first two preseason games recovering from the first concussion of his career. “He’s real elusive out of it and he gets out and makes great plays. Me and Thad, we open the floor for one another. We’re interchangeable at both our positions. It really creates driving opportunities and I feel it’s a good, little dynamic punch.”
From the outside now, what are your thoughts on what they’ve done? Vogel: Well, they’ve got some firepower. There’s no doubt about it. I think Myles Turner is a big, big key on that team. How well he develops in his second year will be a big factor in how far they go, but adding Jeff Teague and having Monta Ellis come back alongside Paul George and Thaddeus Young — they have a chance to be a great running team. Al Jefferson and Aaron Brooks off the bench give them a lot of firepower. So they’re going to be deep, they’re going to be athletic, and they’re going to be a great team.
Shortly after, Young got the call confirming that his frustrating (and short) tenure in Brooklyn was coming to an end. “I was working out and my agent called me like six times until I was like, ‘Who the hell is calling me?’” Young remembers with a chuckle. “My trainer told me it was Jim Tanner, my agent, so I knew I needed to answer it. I really knew I needed to answer it because clearly something was going down. So I called him back and said, ‘Look, you’ve called me five times in five minutes. What is going on?’ He told me the move was going to happen, so I asked him where I was going. He said ‘Indiana.’ My first reaction was, ‘Okay. That’s cool, that’s cool.’ Some teams you don’t want to go, but Indiana, I was fine with that.”
Now, it’s just a matter of settling his family into a new city and finding his role on this new team. “I was a little upset about leaving because I had just bought a condo a Brooklyn,” Young said. “It made sense, you know? I had just signed the big [$50 million] contract and I was supposed to be there for the next four years. The biggest part that made it hard, though, was our kids. My wife and I have two boys, 3 and 6, so you have to find new schools and get them acclimated too.” Even that, though, has worked out perfectly. “I can tell you one thing: Indiana schools are much cheaper than Brooklyn schools,” Young said with a laugh. “I was so hyped when they told me the price, I almost cried! I told them, ‘Where do I sign? When do you want the money? Do you want cash or check?’ It was just amazing.”
Optimism has been hard to come by for Young, as each of his last three seasons have been with teams that sat near the very bottom of the standings. Between Philadelphia, Minnesota and Brooklyn, Young floundered in a trio of NBA purgatories. This would be a difficult stretch for any player, but it was particularly tough for a veteran like Young who had made the playoffs in four of his first five seasons in the league. “It was frustrating,” Young admitted. “That Minnesota situation was just a down situation for me because, at the time, I was dealing with a lot of family issues. My mom had just passed away, and I was just trying to figure things out after that.”