Thaddeus Young Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Nets PF

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Dec 12, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA;  Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) advances the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Brooklyn Nets close to the Eastern Conference cellar, trading a valuable asset like Thaddeus Young to build for the future would make sense.

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Celtics Among Teams Pursuing Young

Thursday, Feb. 18

Chris Mannix of The Vertical reported the Boston Celtics are "interested in seeing" where Nets general manager Sean Marks stands on Young. Mannix added that there are "likely more" teams interested.

Mavericks Have Reached Out Regarding Young

Thursday, Feb. 18

Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported the Dallas Mavericks have inquired about Young's availability, adding that "Young is interested in joining a playoff team."

Raptors Reportedly in Pursuit of Young

Thursday, Feb. 18

Mannix reported the Toronto Raptors are "interested in seeing" where Marks stands on Young. 

Brian Windhorst of told TSN 1050 (via Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors) on Feb. 10 the surging Raptors are exploring various power forwards, including Young, as possible trade bait before the February 18 deadline. 

"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," reported Frank Isola of the New York Daily News on Feb. 14.

However, there are hurdles standing in the way of Toronto making any deals before the trade deadline. Josh Lewenberg of TSN reported on Feb. 9 the Raptors' current salary structure for players already on their roster makes it virtually impossible to move anyone for a player of value:

So, assuming [general manager Masai] Ujiri is committed to keeping his core together for at least the remainder of the season - and why wouldn't he be? - the two players that would almost certainly need to be included in any sizeable trade would be Cory Joseph ($7-million) and/or Patrick Patterson ($6.29-million). Immediately, that begs the question: is it even worth it?

Interest in Young Rising After GM Hire

Thursday, Feb. 18

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that after Marks was named the Nets general manager, "several teams with interest" in Young have already reached out to gauge the team's stance on the power forward. Mike Mazzeo of added that Young's versatility is "desirable for contenders."

Clippers Pursuing Young 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

The Los Angeles Clippers are "interested" in Young, per Isola.

Young on the Block

Monday, Feb. 15

"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 [Young]," reported Isola.

Nets Consider Young Valuable for Playoff Push

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Further complicating a potential trade, according to B/R's Howard Beck, is Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who believes the team can get back in the playoff race soon with a nucleus featuring Young, Brook Lopez and signing free agents this summer to supplement the roster's many holes.

Prokhorov may be optimistic, but Brooklyn entered All-Star weekend 14-40 with Young and Lopez appearing in all 54 games this season. 

While Young is a good player who averages 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, he's never been a player capable of lifting a team by himself.

Young's trade value will likely never be higher with three years left on his contract, per Spotrac, so striking now could help the Nets actually recoup some draft picks they shipped to Boston as part of the ill-fated Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce deal.