The Indiana Pacers have reportedly swung their second trade in as many days, acquiring energy brazen Thaddeus Young from a Brooklyn Nets in sell for a No. 20 collect in a 2016 NBA breeze and a destiny second–round selection.
On Wednesday, Indiana dealt George Hill to Utah in a three–team trade and perceived Atlanta’s Jeff Teague.
To examination a Pacers’ draft–day understanding for Young, SI.com’s Ben Golliver dishes out grades to both Indiana and Brooklyn.
Indiana Pacers Grade: B+
Pacers acquire: Thaddeus Young
Given his bustling start to a off–season, it’s tantalizing to prognosticate a red-faced Larry Bird pumping tough on a treadmill of mediocrity. The trade for Young lines adult orderly alongside a graduation of Nate McMillan and a merger of Jeff Teague in a “solid yet unspectacular” category.
Young, 28, will fit adult for his fourth group given 2014 when he joins a Pacers, after bouncing from a Sixers to a Timberwolves and on to a Nets. A interrelated and versatile actor whose value as a energy brazen is discontinued by his miss of three-point range, Young is though a plain writer who is ideally matched to life as a third or fourth option.
In Brooklyn, Young (15.1 PPG, 9 RPG) was expel as one of a team’s few efficient and proven players, a turn of shortcoming that he’s simply not competent to attain under. In Indiana, he should find a improved home on a pecking sequence behind creators like Paul George and Teague, and he’s doubtful to locate feelings if his touches and scoring numbers take a strike when he’s surrounded by improved teammates. Position fit-wise, Young pencils in clean between George during a 3 and earnest 2015 breeze collect Myles Turner during a five, giving Indiana a mobile, jaunty and offset frontline regardless of either Ian Mahinmi stays or goes in giveaway agency.
Young’s contract—$14.1 million in 2016-17 and $14.7 million in 2017-18, with a $13.7 million actor choice for 2018-19, per Yahoo Sports—works for Indiana in terms of value and length. The Pacers are plunging brazen into year dual of their skeleton to update their character of play, and Young gives them a starting-caliber actor during a reasonable cost and who, distinct Teague, represents an component of fortitude interjection to a mixed guaranteed years left on his deal.
A trade for Young is never going to be a outrageous means for celebration. In Indiana’s case, though, there’s 0 to intent to and copiousness of reasons for optimism: he’s sincerely compensated, he arrived during marketplace price, he fills a position of need, he fits a preferred character of play, his agreement tenure fits a large design and he should keep George personification a immeasurable infancy of his mins during a three. Honestly, Young creates distant some-more clarity with a Pacers than he did with a Sixers, Timberwolves and Nets, so maybe he’ll hang around awhile.
Brooklyn Nets Grade: B
Nets acquire: 2016 first–round pick, destiny second–round pick
When Sean Marks took a thrust and supposed a Nets GM pursuit in February, he did so meaningful he was inheriting a group that was low on determined talent, really low on destiny breeze picks and really low on immature prospects. For an executive in his position, there isn’t most he can do about a miss of determined talent: come July, Brooklyn will be bypassed by some-more fascinating destinations by a top-tier giveaway agents and overpaying for common players generally isn’t a best approach to start a long-term rebuilding project.
That left Marks with no other choice yet to welcome a sell-off. The usually players on his register with genuine value were Brook Lopez and Young, and here he clean cashed in Young for a same cost that a Timberwolves paid a Sixers dual years ago (with a small additional credit for adding a destiny second-round pick). There was 0 reason for a Nets to adhere to a “good, yet not great” maestro creation 8 total like Young given their dour opinion in 2016-17. Might as good take a shot late in a breeze and give a ensuing rookie all a pressure-free mins he can hoop subsequent year.
One thing to keep in mind: Brooklyn won’t directly advantage from a hardcore tanking subsequent season, as a Nets contingency barter 2017 first-round picks with a Celtics as partial of a prior trade. In other words, even if Marks sells off Lopez and a Nets finish with a league’s misfortune record, their 2017 collect will rest on where a Celtics finish (right now, Boston looks like a plain playoff team). While that prior mistake takes some of a upside out of a Young trade, this was still a right pierce for a right reasons by a new Nets regime.