Thaddeus Young is on his way to Indiana, bringing his versatile
game to a Pacers team looking to get faster.
The Pacers acquired Young from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday for
the 20th overall pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told The
The two teams agreed to the trade just a few hours before the start
of the NBA draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity
because the deal has not been announced.
It’s the second big move this week by Pacers President Larry Bird
as he looks to retool the team and make it a faster, sleeker group
for new coach Nate McMillan. The Pacers landed point guard Jeff
Teague in a three-team trade with Atlanta and Utah that sent George
Hill to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Young is a versatile steals artist who averaged 15.1 points with
the Nets last season.
Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.
The Pacers went 45-37 before losing to Toronto in seven games in
the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird made the
surprise decision to not bring Vogel back for next season, turning
the team over to McMillan in a look to freshen up things in Indiana.
With Teague, Young, Paul George and Myles Turner, McMillan will
have the ingredients to play a more up-tempo game and guard
Young has been a man on the move over the last few years, playing
for Philadelphia, Minnesota and Brooklyn, all franchises who were
losing a lot of games.
Coming to Indiana may give Young a chance to play for a winner for
the first time in quite a while.
The Nets are in rebuild mode under new GM Sean Marks, and picking
up another first-round draft pick gives them another asset to
either use for their roster or peddle in trade offers going forward.