Western Notes: Young, Grizzlies, D-League

Thaddeus Young was one of many veteran players the Sixers rid themselves of as part of their rebuilding through the draft lottery plan, and the forward is finding life with the Wolves much better than he anticipated, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders writes. It was frustrating to go out there each and every day to keep fighting and then you’re not coming up with anything,” Young said of his final year in Philadelphia. “But that situation is over now. I have a new team, new beginning and new chapter so I’m just ready to go out there and continue to play and get better with this team. We have a solid mixture of young guys and a solid mixture of veteran guys, which we didn’t have – the veteran guys – last year in Philadelphia and they don’t have the veteran guys this year as well.”

Here’s more from out west:

  • Young also made a statement that would seemingly indicate he hasn’t closed the door on possibly re-signing with the Wolves next summer, Kennedy adds. In discussing the future of the franchise, Young said, “I think the sky’s the limit for this team. If it’s not this year, then it’s the following year. We have really good pieces on this team as far as young guys and we have solid veterans as well. I think we all complement each other very well, enough to go out there and do some things.”
  • On the court the Grizzlies are the picture of consistency and lack much in the way of drama, but the team’s front office has been the exact opposite, Shaun Powell of NBA.com writes. Powell’s article examines the difficult run the team has had regarding its coaches and front office staff, including Dave Joerger replacing Lionel Hollins as coach two seasons ago, and the issues between ownership and former CEO Jason Levien.
  • The Grizzlies have sent Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes to the Iowa Energy, their D-League affiliate, the team announced in a press release. Stokes has yet to make an appearance for the Grizzlies this season, and Adams has gone scoreless in his one minute of action.

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