NBA Rumor: Thaddeus Young Trade?

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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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January 27, 2021 | 5:45 pm EST Update