Thaddeus Young Traded to Pacers for No. 20 Pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) dribbles in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The Brooklyn Nets were set to enter the 2016 NBA draft without a first-round pick. However, that reportedly has changed as the team has traded Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers for the No. 20 pick and a future second-round selection, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Wojnarowski first reported Brooklyn was looking to deal the 28-year-old veteran potentially to a Western Conference team in a move that would involve a first-round selection coming back in return.

Young averaged 15.1 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the field in what was a career season for him in 2015-16.

Brooklyn is very much in the midst of a rebuild, however, and since Young is set to make an average of $13.5 million over the next three seasons, per Spotrac.com, clearing that salary off the books made sense as a priority.

The former Georgia Tech standout could be an excellent supporting cast member for Indiana thanks to his ability to score above the rim, hit shots from mid-range and his propensity to get involved on the glass.

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