NBA Rumor: Thaddeus Young Free Agency

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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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