Indiana Pacers Rumors
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.
Only 12 players have multiple Finals MVP honors, with Magic Johnson, Willis Reed, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan being the others. “Kobe, M.J., LeBron, Kareem, those dudes drive me, they push me every day to get to that level, to that standard and I want to be able to sit back and talk to them about basketball one day,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I’m happy I’ll be able dial up some of them and get some equity in that deal when it comes to being able to talk amongst the greats and experience what they experienced. I feel like it’s easy to be the best player when you don’t have good players around you. I feel like it’s harder to stand out when you have great players around you,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go. And I feel like these guys embraced me and I feel like I’m a Warrior.”