NBA rumors: Thaddeus Young, Bulls haven't 'talked that far ahead' on whether he'll be back

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.

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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 @Adrian Wojnarowski on it first.
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.
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