Pacers Acquire Thaddeus Young From Nets

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JULY 7: The swap sending Young to the Pacers in exchange for the rights to No. 20 overall pick Caris LeVert and a future second-round pick is now official, according to a Nets press release.

JUNE 23: The Pacers have agreed to acquire Thaddeus Young from the Nets in exchange for the No. 20 overall pick in tonight’s NBA draft and a future protected second-rounder, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (on Twitter). The scribe had reported earlier that several Western Conference teams had been aggressively pursuing Young, who Brooklyn was looking to deal to the highest bidder in an effort to land a first round pick, which it nabbed from Indiana in the swap.

This is the second big  move by Indiana in the past two days, with the team landing point guard Jeff Teague from Atlanta in a three-team trade on Wednesday. It certainly appears that team executive Larry Bird is serious about retooling his squad for new coach Nate McMillan.

For Brooklyn, flipping Young for a first-rounder clearly signals that the franchise is shifting into full-rebuild mode. Given the Nets’ lack of talent, it is a bit puzzling why they would give up on Young, who is under contract for three more seasons at a fairly reasonable rate. Young, 28,  is slated to earn $12,078,652 next season, $12,921,348 in 2017/18 and $13,764,045 the final year.

In 73 appearances for Brooklyn this past season, Young averaged 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.0 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .514/.233/.644.

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14 thoughts on “Pacers Acquire Thaddeus Young From Nets

  1. Thronson5

    Seems like there is going to be a decent amount of trades this year. Stoked to see what happens during this Draft, if there will be any last minute trades.

  2. Looks like a win/win really. The Pacers needed more talent in the front court and the #20 pick wasn’t likely to make an impact this year to push them further into the playoffs. Brooklyn gets the chance to add some youth and begin a full rebuild. My only concern is That’d contract is a little on the high side, but with the changing cap that becomes less of an isue.

  3. Dionis Beato

    Love it for the Pacers, Young can score down low and provide depth in the frontcourt. Pacers should groom Turner into their center and put Thad at the 4.

  4. Kenneth

    Evidence of the impact of the rise in the cap. The value of picks/rookie contracts are getting inflated.

  5. Andrewc62

    Would’ve thought the Nets would demand at least one player back. At least Solomon Hill? That could’ve made sense.

        • Steve

          Yeah, Hill is a nice rotation piece. Plays good defense and has improved his shooting. Played some really nice minutes for the Pacers down the stretch. Declining that option was a mistake

  6. Pacers get the ideal up tempo PF to pair with Myles Turner at center. Nets meanwhile acquire the 1st round pick they’ve been searching for and hopefully get someone at PG in the draft. As for the open starting PF spot for the Nets, I imagine they will look to upgrade, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris McCullough takes over the spot to speed up his development.

  7. Z.....

    Always been a fan of thaddeus young, but don’t like the fit for the Pacers. I think there were a couple of potential wing options available at that 20th pick that would have been good value and fit for indiana. I like the deal for the Nets. Even though they gave up an affordable piece and one of their best players, they did well to get back into the draft, and I expect they’ll be interested in one of the remaining guards, or one of those wing options that could be there

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