Rob Schaefer: Thad Young says he and Bulls front office haven’t “talked that far ahead” on whether he’ll be back next season. Exit interview centered on reflecting on this season. Focus shifting to family for the offseason, doesn’t know what’s going to happen with contract situation yet.
Kevin Pritchard: Thank you Thad. You’ve changed an organization with you work ethic and professionalism. We wish you only the best in the future! 3T.
Tony Jones: As free agency approaches, the Utah Jazz are one of the teams that have shown interest in UFA Thad Young, League Sources tell The Athletic. But the list of interested teams is a large one. As of now, no meeting is scheduled as the jazz think through what to do with Derrick Favors
The Pacers seem committed to starting Sabonis and Turner, sources say, which makes Thaddeus Young a goner. The league at large is skeptical about the staying power of the Sabonis/Turner duo, and that skepticism grew louder when the Pacers drafted another center -- Goga Bitadze -- last week.
Scott Agness: #Pacers starting forward Thad Young is exercising his player option for the 2018-19 season, league source confirmed to VigilantSports.com. @Adrian Wojnarowski on it first.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young has exercised his $13.7M player option and will bypass free agency this summer, league sources told ESPN.
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo says he’s spoke with Thad Young, a co-captain last year, recently and made clear to him how much he means to this team. I’m told Thad still has not made a decision, which is due by 11:59pm ET Friday.
Scott Agness: #Pacers Kevin Pritchard says they don’t know whether Thad Young will exercise his player option, which is due next Friday. “We’ve had a few conversations with his agent, but at the end of the day it’s his decision. We’d like to have him back. We’d like to keep this core back.”
Scott Agness: Thad Young has two weeks to decide on his Player Option. Stay with the team for one more year (at $13.7M), sign a new deal, or go elsewhere. Also by June 29th: Team Options due on Lance Stephenson, Joe Young. And Bojan Bogdanovic’s contract becomes guaranteed if not waived.
Despite a narrowing marketplace of salary cap space, one more formidable candidate could join the summer free agent class: Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young. Young, 29, is seriously contemplating declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN. He has until June 29 to make a decision on the option.
Young's decision on whether to exercise his player option is rooted in searching out a longer-term contract in the prime of his career this summer. Young's value with the Pacers and elsewhere has been buoyed by his ability to guard multiple positions, a benefit in the evolving NBA game. The Pacers could choose to negotiate a contract extension with Young, who plays alongside center Myles Turner for a resurgent Indiana franchise.
Bobby Marks: If Thaddeus Young does indeed opt-out before June 29, Indiana could have $23M in room heading into the offseason. The room takes into account guaranteeing Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson. All four have partial/non-guaranteed contracts.
Others think [Cleveland will] do everything in their power to build a team that can make LeBron stay or keep them in playoff contention even if LeBron leaves. LeBron recruited Paul George to Cleveland last summer before a draft-night blockbuster deal fell apart, and league sources don’t believe Cleveland’s interest has waned.
You have a $13,764,045 player option for next season, so you could opt out and become an unrestricted free agent in July. Have you made a decision regarding your option yet? Thaddeus Young: I know I have to make that decision by the end of June, but I haven’t made a final decision on what exactly I’m going to do yet. I’m still in the process of sitting down with my agent and my business manager and my wife and my kids, and we’re talking about every opportunity and situation possible. We’ll look at everything that could happen. I’m kind of just enjoying my time off and not thinking about it right now, but I do need to start thinking about it over the next couple of weeks. But as of right now, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do or even thought too much about it.
The biggest ticket item is Thad Young, who is due $14 million if he opts-in (seems unlikely) rather than re-negotiating a new deal for more years (more likely). If Young stays, a 3-point shooting power forward is more of a priority behind him because that's not his strength. If he opts-out and leaves in free agency, a starting-quality stretch four who can defend inside-out is the priority (and much harder to find). The next biggest decision is whether Cory Joseph ($8 million) stays. According to Pritchard, both players indicated in exit meetings they'd like to return, but if both depart, that will create more movement out of necessity.
Devin Kharpertian: Nets officially announce signings of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Shane Larkin, Thomas Robinson. Press conference tomorrow at 11 AM.
Marc Stein: Fully expect, as @Mike Mazzeo & I reported Monday, that Nets will have verbal agreements w/Brook Lopez & Thaddeus Young not long after midnight
Mike Mazzeo: All signs point to #Nets ultimately coming to deals with Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, according to sources.
Chris Haynes: Nets F Thaddeus Young has opted out and will become an unrestricted free agent, a league source tells @Clevelanddotcom.
June 21, 2021 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Mirjam Swanson: Luke Kennard on Marcus’ role defensively: “He’s a physical defender, and that’s what we need, especially this late in the playoffs. Hopefully he’s good to go and we’ll see what he can do. But we definitely need him out there.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ivica Zubac says Kawhi Leonard has been very involved with helping the team with what he sees from talking to the team in the locker room in Game 6 vs Utah to being active in the players’ group text chat. Zubac says Kawhi is all about the details when giving players what he sees.
The Hawks also have a link to Milwaukee sports history that perhaps only longtime Milwaukeeans might know. The Hawks used to call UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena their home court. They were the Milwaukee Hawks 70 years ago. “The Hawks came here in 1951, they transferred from Tri-Cities, Moline, Rock Island and Davenport where they were known as the Blackhawks,” Milwaukee sports historian Dennis Sell said.
The final year, the Hawks had a Rookie of the Year NBA legend — Bob Pettit, but left for St. Louis where they won a championship a few years later. “There were a number of reasons why the Hawks didn’t make it here,” Sell said. “The most obvious being the NBA wasn’t anywhere near the league is today. The Hawks also finished in last place all four years they were here.” News clippings from the time show the attendance usually hovered at around 1,000 fans, no match for the other pro team in town. Tickets sold for $1.
June 21, 2021 | 5:57 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue said Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 2. He added Marcus Morris Sr. “is still experiencing soreness” and “getting treatment around the clock.” His status unclear for Game 2