NBA Rumor: Thaddeus Young Trade?

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The Young acquisition feels like the ultimate half-measure: Ujiri and his front office didn’t sit on their hands and allow the roster to fend for itself, but they also didn’t use the full power of Goran Dragic’s expiring deal and a first-round pick to get the best player possible to help this team now. Instead, they opted to ask for a second-round pick, which originally belonged to the Pistons, back from the Spurs. That mitigated the loss of their future assets, but surely mitigated the present return, as well. “I think the development of these players tells us that there’s growth, and we want to win,” Ujiri said. “And who are we to stop them from doing that? You put them in the situation to play, and whatever position they find themselves in, they’re competing at the highest level, which is … (hanging with) all these great teams they compete against. That’s what we want to do.”

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Thaddeus Young wants to play for a contender

“I don’t mind playing through rebuilds and stuff like that, but the one thing about it is I’m not getting any younger. I’m getting older and at some point, I want to start contending for championships. I haven’t been in any situation where I’ve been able to contend for a championship. I want that feeling. I want that aspect of being able to go out there and being able to compete for a championship every single night. That’s the part that I really want to get to.”

In the latest episode of the “Posted Up with Chris Haynes” podcast, Young explained what he’s looking for at this point in his career as the unofficial trade season began Wednesday. “With this organization and this franchise, we’re not in a contending situation,” Young said on “Posted Up.” “We’re gonna compete and we’re gonna try to contend and try to do things, but we’re in a rebuilding situation. With being in a rebuilding situation, that’s not ideal for a guy that just came off a really good season, going into his 15th season to going to another rebuild.

You know, you’re a free agent at the end of this season. If the trade deadline were to pass, is a buyout an option? Or will you cross that bridge when you get to that? THADDEUS YOUNG: I think I’m a just cross that bridge when we get there. Like, things can shift. You know, obviously, like, there’s a pecking order when, you know, trades come. You know, everybody is talking about, you know, right now the Ben Simmons [INAUDIBLE], you know? If that happens, then it might be a trickle down effect.

“It definitely caught me off guard. I actually learned about it in the parking lot of the Sports Academy in Frisco, TX. I was leaving a session and my phone was going crazy. I’d seen that DeMar DeRozan had gotten traded to Chicago and I was like, ‘Why is my phone going crazy for this?’ Then, I dive a little deeper into it and I see that the trade included me, Al-Farouq Aminu, some picks and stuff like that. “It definitely caught me off guard for the simple fact that I had just talked to my agent and my agent had just talked to everybody in Chicago, and we were being told that I was coming back. And they guaranteed my salary the day before or two days before or something like that and then used it as trade bait. It is what it is; it happens and it’s part of the business. But the only thing I wish is that I had gotten the heads up before I found out from social [media].

“Whatever happens with me is what’s happening with me…” Young said. “My sh*t is my sh*t; I wouldn’t put that on my teammates. That’s something that I have to deal with, and I just try to control what I can control and focus on what I can focus on when I do get [playing] time and when I am out on the court with those guys. My ultimate goal is to remain focused on what I can do and whatever happens, happens at that point. I just gotta go out and just continue to focus in, lock in. The one thing I can say is that I’ve always remained professional…

“It’s super tough. It’s very tough and frustrating at times,” Young said. “But at the end of the day, I understand where this franchise is going and I understand what’s happening — the young guys have to play. Whatever happens, happens. It’s just a matter of trusting in my faith and trusting in my craft and trusting in the time that I put into the game each and every day. I’m a 15-year veteran and I’m still one of the last to leave the gym and I’m still showing up early, putting in a lot of time and a lot of work.

Suns targeting Thaddeus Young

The Suns are among the contenders who have pursued Spurs forward Thaddeus Young, sources said. San Antonio acquired Young in a sign-and-trade — along with a first-round pick and two second-round picks — and now are expected to receive strong interest in the veteran forward from competitive teams. Young averaged 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists while playing in 68 games (23 starts) and shooting 55.9 percent from the field a season ago.

Bulls willing to trade Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young for Lonzo Ball?

Similarly, even if the contracts of Tomas Satoransky and Thad Young become fully guaranteed by Monday’s deadline, that doesn’t mean either or both dependable rotation players are sticking for the long haul. In fact, league sources said Young has been available for a while leading up to the opening of Monday’s official negotiating period for free agents, which — ahem — begins at 5 p.m. CT Monday. And Satoransky could be included if the Pelicans cooperate on a signed-and-traded Ball.

One league source said Young has been dangled as much for productive players as he has been for salary cap space, which would suggest the Bulls are covering all their bases, especially because both the Celtics and possibly the Mavericks continued to be rumored to be in the Ball sweepstakes. Clearing cap space to sign Ball to an offer sheet that the Pelicans matched would be the Bulls’ worst-case scenario. Either that, or the Bulls are confident they can execute the Satoranský-for-Ball sign-and-trade scenario.

Thaddeus Young: Ayyyyy 🔥 “Thaddeus Young is currently viewed by league executives as a potential game-changer for contending teams: “We took a straw poll of league executives on which player outside of Bradley Beal could change the landscape of the playoff race. The unanimous answer was the veteran Thaddeus Young.” – via @bleachernation ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m humbled and grateful. But as I have said, my focus is on what is here in front of me right now; and that is my team the @chicagobulls and our season 👊🏽🏀🏆 Let’s get it.

Thaddeus Young's trade value is pretty high

We took a straw poll of league executives on which player outside of Bradley Beal could change the landscape of the playoff race. The unanimous answer was the veteran Thaddeus Young. Here is why Young has value around the league: Versatility: In the 26 games played this season, Young has played 70% at power forward and a career-high 30% at center. He has a career-high 116.7 offensive rating, with 88.5% of his points on two-point shots (last season that number was 57.7%).

Clippers interested in Thaddeus Young, Kris Dunn

Lauri Markkanen looks like a guy that needs a change of scenery, but the Bulls would be too paranoid to give up on a talent like that. That leaves Young and Kris Dunn, and that’s about it. Sources have indicated that the Los Angeles Clippers have interest in both, but they could go after Young in a trade, and wait for Dunn, who is a restricted free agent this summer. Either way, not a lot of chips for the Bulls to push into the middle.

Last July, when he controlled his free-agency decision, Thad Young chose to sign with the Bulls. Come the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Young has no control. “I’m just playing basketball. I’m a Chicago Bull. Whatever happens happens. I understand it’s a business,” Young told NBC Sports Chicago. “If I’m traded, I’m traded and have to go to the next city. If I’m not, then I’m here with my brothers, here with my teammates, and ready to fight.”

Clippers interested in Thaddeus Young?

While the Clippers’ trade intentions are still too soon to be known, they are sniffing around. NBA sources not authorized to speak publicly believe the Clippers are looking at players like Chicago power forward Thaddeus Young. With Young in the first year of a deal that pays him nearly $13 million per season, it’s not too hard to guess who the Clippers would likely need to include in any deal to acquire him.

League sources made it clear the Raptors kicked all the right tires. They inquired about deep shooting New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and the Brooklyn Nets’ Thaddeus Young, but dropped out when the asking price would have included the likes of Luis Scola, James Johnson and Pat Patterson to make salaries match and a first-round pick in addition. In Anderson’s case it was deemed too high a price for a defensively challenged rental – he’s a pending free agent – and in Young’s case there were concerns about how his lack of three-point range would create spacing issues. In both cases there were grave concerns about reducing the Raptors’ depth, a strength all season.

The $4.4 million the Nets would pay Young would not affect the team’s luxury tax situation. The Nets are perilously close to the luxury tax threshold and do not want to top it, since it would trigger the repeater tax as well. Avoiding those taxes is one reason the Nets bought out and stretched Deron Williams last summer In addition to Young, another player mentioned in trade rumors — Bojan Bogdanovic — also has a trade bonus. With Bogdanovic in the second of a three year deal, his payout would amount to only a few hundred thousand dollars.

“There are a lot of things that would fit financially,” he said. “I could just go through the salary book and find a lot of things that just fits. Of course, we would have to be looking to trade Brandon and second, we’d have to have discussions with another team, I would think. But that’s OK – it’s fun this time of the year. We’ve got a couple more weeks of that, and I’m sure somebody in this group will make up something tonight that will be fun to read.”
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