● Thaddeus Young Opts Out Of Contract

Forward Thaddeus Young has opted out of the remaining year of his $10.2M contract, according to Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King.

But Young isn’t packing his bags just yet, since King wants to re-sign Young to a new deal and keep him in Brooklyn. “I’m pretty confident, because we have some tools in our favor,” King said earlier today. The Nets hold Young’s “Bird Rights“, which allow them to offer Young more money than any other team can.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Young was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Minnesota Timberwolves, allowing the venerable Kevin Garnett to return to the TWolves for a farewell tour. The arrival of the 27-year-old in Brooklyn coincided with the Nets late season turnaround. Young played 28 games for the Nets, averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. More importantly, his insertion into the starting lineup sparked Brook Lopez’s offensive game and helped the Nets to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference where they lost in six games to the Atlanta Hawks.

Should Orlando Magic fans get excited? NOT REALLY.

Young thrived playing alongside Lopez and would likely not put up similar numbers without him. Signing Young to the biggest deal of any current Magic player simply to become a player-in-waiting while Kristaps Porzingis or a similar player hopefully develops – hmmmmmmm.