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.
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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.
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.
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.
Joe Cowley: Was just told that the Bulls are taking calls on Thad Young, but want to see what the Gordon market turns into before getting serious. More of a feeling out process than anything.
The Chicago Bulls have drawn interest in versatile forward Thaddeus Young, sources said. But the Bulls, like the Kings, are on the playoff bubble and aren’t anxious to be sellers even though they’re under .500. They might be willing to make a deal involving another power forward, free agent-to-be Lauri Markkanen, but Young will likely be staying in Chicago.
Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas is telling teams that Thaddeus Young isn’t available for trade, according to multiple league sources. Executives wonder whether Karnisovas is just posturing to gain leverage since Young is highly sought after, but he does help facilitate development for their youth.
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The Chicago Sun-Times reported this month that several teams were intrigued with the idea of Thaddeus Young bolstering their bench, as well as providing a versatile frontcourt option to close games. He would be an instant boost for teams going for that late-season push, such as the Heat or Knicks.
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%).
According to a league source, executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas has been growing in popularity amongst other NBA teams looking to acquire talent by the tentative Mar. 25 trade deadline, with veteran Thad Young suddenly drawing the most interest.
Young has a somewhat cap-friendly contract, making $13.5 million this season and $14.1 million in the 2021-22 season, and would be ideal for a key bench spot on a contending team. However, the source said that Karnisovas has made no indications of being a seller with any of his assets yet.
In fact, according to executives from two other teams, Thad Young, not LaVine, is the player considered most readily available. That’s largely based on Young’s displeasure with his role and usage last season, his team-friendly deal that carries only a partial guarantee in 2021-22 and his dependability and professionalism.
Joe Cowley: Per source, there were some calls made on the Denzel Valentine front in the last few hours, but nothing of substance. Market on Thad Young is surprisingly quiet, but Bulls think that will change as deadline approaches.
Thaddeus Young. The Clippers are at least one team that has expressed interest in the veteran, according to league sources. A Young-for-Moe-Harkless trade makes sense for both teams. Young also could be dealt in the offseason, holding down the fort until Markkanen returns. At that point, he’d only have one season fully guaranteed left on his deal.
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.
A league source previously confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago that the Clippers’ interest in Young is legitimate, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. A Clippers scout attended a recent Bulls game despite the fact the teams don’t meet again until April.
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.”
Another possibility for Harkless and considerations, one NBA source suggested, could be Thaddeus Young of the Chicago Bulls, who has $34.6 million of his $40.6 million guaranteed through the 2021-22 season. “They could go after Drummond, but if they’re sending out Zubac, Harkless and filler [like Rodney McGruder], they still have the issue that they’re not going to play Drummond with Harrell,” the Eastern Conference executive said.
The Clippers have expressed interest in at least two power forwards already: Chicago’s Thaddeus Young and the Knicks’ Marcus Morris. According to sources, the team believes it has the assets on hand to make a deal for Morris if it so chooses but will continue to investigate other potential deals.
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.
According to several sources, including a teammate, Thaddeus Young has been unhappy with his role with his new team, specifically the minutes he’s been given, and if things don’t improve the Bulls shouldn’t be surprised if Young’s camp asks for a trade now that he’s eligible to be moved after signing a three-year, $41 million deal back on July 6.
What Young won’t do is make that unhappiness public. “I’m good with whatever Coach sees fit to do with me,’’ Young told the Sun-Times, when asked about his role. “Obviously everybody wants to be on the court more, everybody wants to be on the floor as much as possible. For me it’s just be productive with the time I am given.’’
Thaddeus Young: Looking forward to new journeys with the @Pacers and the fans. Can’t wait to get started.
Thaddeus Young: My family & I would like 2 thank the @BrooklynNets and the Nets fans 4 everything. U continued 2 uplift me this past season. Thank u all.
Nets trade Thaddeus Young, Celtics’ future gets brighter. The 2016 draft class is widely considered as very deep with rotation players, so their 8 picks tonight, Danny Ainge is in a good spot. However, 2017’s incoming talent could have several stars. Boston has pick swap rights with Brooklyn’s first rounder. If you thought today was crazy, this time next year could be even crazier.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn has traded forward Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers for the 20th pick and a future 2nd rounder, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Jake Fischer: Thaddeus Young has been informed the Brooklyn Nets are shopping him around the league in search of a 1st round pick, according to a source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Several Western teams aggressive on Thad Young, whom Brooklyn’s working to move to highest bidder. This gets Nets into first-round.
Nets Daily: I’m going with what GM said which is 1) he sees Brook Lopez as a building block and 2) he’s not looking to trade him. GM said things could change but he and coach volunteered how much they like Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.
Andy Vasquez: Thaddeus Young: “I’ve been told I’ll be here, along with Brook.” #Nets
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.
Jake Fischer: The Boston Celtics are also one of the teams that have called the Nets about Thaddeus Young’s availability, a source confirmed.
Chris Mannix: Two teams interested in seeing where Sean Marks stands on Thaddeus Young: Toronto and Boston. Likely more, Young an appealing player.
Jake Fischer: I’ve heard the Mavericks and Raptors have inquired about Thaddeus Young’s availability. Young is interested in joining a playoff team.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Several teams with interest in trading for Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young already trying to reach Sean Marks to see where Nets stand on him.
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.
The Raptors are chasing a power forward this week. Sources say Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young, New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, Denver’s Kenneth Faried and the Phoenix duo of Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker have all been pursued this month by the East’s No. 2 team.
The Nets are still on the process of hiring a general manager and yet several league executives claim that the club is willing to deal Brook Lopez and/or Thaddeus Young.
One scenario has Young being moved to Toronto for a package that could include Patrick Patterson and point guard Delon Wright. The Nets may want a first round pick and Toronto just happens to own the Knicks 2016 first round pick.
Brian Windhorst: “From what I’m hearing, they [Raptors] are pretty aggressive in the trade market. They are looking for power forwards: I’ve heard them attached to Thaddeus Young, I’ve heard them attached to Kenneth Faried, I’ve heard them attached to Markieff Morris.”
Howard Beck: A note on Nets GM search: Prokhorov, I’m told, has made clear he is absolutely opposed to a roster teardown. He wants to keep Brook Lopez / Thaddeus Young. Rather than rebuild, Prokhorov is convinced Nets can keep Lopez/Young, sign free agents in July and quickly get back in playoff chase.
Howard Beck: I’ll add this, re Nets: Most GMs/scouts I’ve surveyed in recent weeks have agreed: Best bet is auction off Brook Lopez / Thaddeus Young and restock with youth.
Howard Beck: Prokhorov seems to be following same playbook he’s had since he arrived: Spend your way to success, focus on the now instead of long term. Needless to say, I’m skeptical that playbook has any chance of working. But maybe Nets get lucky in free agency this summer.
Thaddeus Young had heard about the recent trade report linking him to Detroit, a rumor he dismissed. He didn’t hear it from the Nets, or his agent, but from his wife. “She don’t want to go to Detroit, I know that,” laughed Young, who shrugged it off as an idle rumor. “Honestly the first thing I heard about it was my wife. She said “Did you see the trade rumor?” She keeps me abreast of everything that’s going on.”
When a fan tweeted at Young’s wife that they hoped the trade didn’t go through Shekinah Young tweeted back. “At the end of the day it is what it is: It’s just a rumor. I haven’t heard anything about it,” said Young. “It is what it is. If it happens, then I’ve got to be ready. But each day I’m here and ready to play, each and every day.”
The report, by Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com citing an anonymous NBA source, states Jennings could “very well end up in Brooklyn” in a trade that would send Nets power forward Thaddeus Young to Detroit. “I got my email today from (general manager) Jeff (Bower) with all the discussions that have gone on, and there was no mention of Brooklyn and no mention of Brandon in any of it,” Van Gundy said. “But hey, with the way you guys make (expletive) up this time of the year, it’s always interesting to me to find out stuff that you guys know we’re talking about that we don’t know we’re talking about. I find it interesting and amusing.”
“I read it. I thought it was funny,” Van Gundy said. “I read some stuff. I don’t read everything. I don’t really read much of what you write about us, but I read all the rumor stuff nationally. Not everyday – I don’t have time – but I’ll go on and I’ll look. It’s always funny. And you guys know it too — 99.9 percent of the stuff that’s out there will never happen. Mostly because 98 percent of it’s just made up. It’s just made up.”
“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.”
Of course, as one league source said, “if the Pistons were willing to give the Nets their 2016 and 2017 first round picks…” Or perhaps, there have been talks but not involving Young. Stay tuned.
Brandon Jennings could very well end up in Brooklyn two weeks from now in a trade that would send Thaddeus Young to the Detroit Pistons, sources tell SheridanHoops.com. There are several teams looking to acquire Jennings, who has been a starter most of his career but is currently stuck behind Reggie Jackson on Detroit’s depth chart. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Nets may need to give the Pistons an additional player, the source said, adding that the back end of the trade would be where the Nets could outbid another team. Detroit has Steve Blake to plug in behind Jackson in the playoffs, but Blake is on an expiring contract. Shane Larkin, who has a $1.5 million player option for next season, could be added to the trade.
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“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”