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Trae Young
Trae Young
Position: G
Born: 09/19/98
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $6,273,000
“I would ask those fans who are fans of Trae or Atlanta fans to just look at his history. He knows this is a team effort, but he wants to have that statue next to Dominique (Wilkins) one day, man. I’ve told you this before, my son is 6-foot-1, but he thinks he’s the best player on the court no matter if LeBron is on the floor with him. Hopefully, it never backfires on him, but he’s got big balls and is very confident. He just knows what he wants to accomplish. I never think my son is going to join a super team unless they all come to Atlanta. He’s just got too much pride to do that. Maybe that pride will backfire, but who knows. My son has seen it happen here in Oklahoma City with (Kevin Durant). He wasn’t one of those who called him a cupcake, but he’s seen the backlash of something like that happen.” Young’s contract with Klutch is expected to become official Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, Young was on a conference call with Adidas, one of his main sponsors, brainstorming how he and the company can help black-owned businesses in Atlanta.
“Most definitely because at the end of the day, Trae needs to focus on basketball,” Rayford said. “Trae needs to focus on helping the team win and helping them get to the playoffs. He’s got to have someone he knows when he needs to call the front office, if it’s positive or negative. He needs to have a voice representing him who he could trust. I hate to put it this way; it can’t be someone who just has a long history of being an agent. It has to be someone who he feels good with. It can’t be someone who just because they rep one of the top five players or top 10 players of the league. Trae didn’t go to Klutch just because of A.D. or LeBron. He went there because he believes guys like Rich and Omar can make some calls for him. You have to go with who you’re comfortable with. That’s on the court and off the court. Hopefully, Trae is in the position one day to play with who he’s comfortable with. That’s just the opportunities he’s building for himself now.”
Storyline: Agent Changes
In addition to Silver, Tatum, Stuart, Roberts, Paul and Iguodala, attendees for yesterday’s meeting included NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President of Player Development Greg Taylor, NBA Senior Vice President of Content Business Operations Kori Davis Porter, NBPA Foundation Executive Director Sherrie Deans, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to Silver, Tatum, Stuart, Roberts, Paul and Iguodala, attendees for yesterday’s meeting included NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President of Player Development Greg Taylor, NBA Senior Vice President of Content Business Operations Kori Davis Porter, NBPA Foundation Executive Director Sherrie Deans, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
The Julius Jones Coalition, a group established in 2019 composed of family, friends and community organizers pursuing Jones’ innocence, has gathered support in recent months as NBA stars Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Buddy Hield and NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield authored and sent letters to the governor’s office. Each letter hit a key issue that led to Jones’ conviction — racial bias, a flawed investigation, an ill-equipped defense — and points to the wrong person sitting on death row.
“[Jones’] conviction was tainted by a deeply flawed process,” Westbrook, the longtime face of the Oklahoma City Thunder who is now with the Houston Rockets, wrote in his letter. “As more details come to light regarding his situation, I join with many voices to express sadness and profound concern regarding his conviction and death sentence.” The name recognition of the athletes — all of whom have strong ties to Oklahoma — is something organizers hope will resonate, especially in the present moment. As protests against police brutality across the United States persist, Oklahoma City’s Black Lives Matter chapter has included a commutation for Jones in a list of demands presented to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.
Trae Young had hoped the Atlanta Hawks would be included in the restart of the NBA season. Instead, 22 teams were invited to resume playing at a bubble site in Orlando — and the Hawks were not one of them. “I was mad,” Young said on a video call Wednesday afternoon. “I was frustrated. Obviously I wanted to play. I understand what the NBA did and respect their decision. But I am kind of upset because I want to play.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
In the past, professional athletes often faced immediate backlash for speaking out on racial issues. Some lost endorsement deals. Some received death threats. Some lost a role in their profession. For Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young? Different story. “I definitely lost a couple of followers for speaking my voice and speaking my opinion,” Young said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. “That’s OK. That’s necessary.”
Trae Young had hoped the Atlanta Hawks would be included in the restart of the NBA season. Instead, 22 teams were invited to resume playing at a bubble site in Orlando — and the Hawks were not one of them. “I was mad,” Young said on a video call Wednesday afternoon. “I was frustrated. Obviously I wanted to play. I understand what the NBA did and respect their decision. But I am kind of upset because I want to play.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
In the past, professional athletes often faced immediate backlash for speaking out on racial issues. Some lost endorsement deals. Some received death threats. Some lost a role in their profession. For Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young? Different story. “I definitely lost a couple of followers for speaking my voice and speaking my opinion,” Young said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. “That’s OK. That’s necessary.”
The NBA is closing in on how it will return to action after pausing the season due to the coronavirus, but that didn’t stop Trae Young from playing organized basketball again. The Atlanta Hawks star played possibly his first organized basketball game in months on Wednesday when suited up for Oklahoma City’s Skinz League, a basketball competition that usually features several current and former college basketball players and even a few pros.
Trae Young stepped to the microphone to address an amphitheater dotted with protesters. Some were his family and friends, but those who weren’t recognized the hometown star even through his black bandana and sunglasses. Young, admittedly out of his comfort zone, clutched his hands to his chest. “I’m not used to doing this,” he said. “I’m not very open about what I see, or the things that go on in this world very often.” But the Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard and former Sooner needed to speak. “Even though I’m 21 years old, I feel that it was necessary,” Young told the crowd. “This is bigger than me.”
Trae Young largely went unnoticed before climbing the stage at Andrews Park in downtown Norman. He sat on the third row of the stone amphitheater benches with his family. Young held a “Black Lives Matter” sign. And on the back: “God didn’t give us this breath for YOU to take it away!” Young listened for an hour as rally organizers and Norman leaders spoke. “Obviously I know I’m gonna get recognized, I know people are going to come up to me,” Young said after his speech. “But it’s not about me … I’m not a celebrity. I’m here to be a leader. I’m here to be supportive. I’m here to make change.”
“I think the sky’s the limit for us, to be honest with you,” Reddish said. “We have all the pieces that it takes to be a really good team in the NBA. Obviously with Trae being Trae, we have good size all around, and I think adding (center Clint Capela) into the lineup is going to help a lot. Obviously added some veteran guys to us, so that always helps. I think next year’s going to be a really good year for us, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“Right now, I’m gonna say I’m not necessarily prepared because I haven’t run, I haven’t played. I haven’t touched the ball or been able to,” Young said. “But one thing I’ll say is I will be prepared. That’s something that I know for a fact. If we do end up coming back, there’s gonna be some time where we get kind of like a mini-training camp started where we can get back in shape, play, and just kind of get back into the game flow. So if I’m not prepared right now, I will be when it returns.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
This controversial statement has been met with its fair share of backlash from fans and critics alike, which has prompted Young to try and explain his side on the matter. For starters, the Hawks All-Star guard shared how much love and respect he has for Curry. “Yeah, everybody’s talking to me about [that statement],” Trae Young said on Showtime’s All the Smoke Podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. “I have a lot of respect for Steph. He’s done so much. I think if it weren’t for Steph there wouldn’t be, maybe, a Trae Young. Steph is the first to do what he’s doing. I got a lot of love for Steph and everything he’s done.”