The Brooklyn Nets hired their new general manager, Sean Marks, on the day of the trade deadline -- and Marks is already being put to work. Several teams are reportedly reaching out to Marks about power forward Thaddeus Young, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
There may be more teams, but the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have apparently reached out, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports and Jake Fisher of Sports Illustrated.
Young, in his ninth year in the league, is a consistent big man who could be a big addition to many rosters around the league. Young is averaging 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds for the struggling Nets this year. He's not a stretch four -- he is shooting only 21.7 percent from deep this season -- but he's a strong body down low.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov likes Young. He has said Young and Brook Lopez are a cornerstone of the franchise in the past. But with their first-round pick headed to the Celtics next year, the Nets have to make a trade if they want to make a change to the lineup.
It seems unlikely the Raptors, Celtics or Mavericks can come up with an offer to appease Marks in his first day on the job. The new GM isn't likely to make a rash decision his first day on the job unless it's a clear advantage for the Nets. As much as they have struggled -- at 14-40, the Nets have the second-worst record in the East -- Young is a strong piece the Nets may want to build around. He's in the first year of a four-year, $54 million deal.
Marks didn't make that deal, though, so it is possible he could decide to part ways with Young. At this point, it's more likely he'd do so in the offseason, if at all, once he had a chance to take a close look at his power forward.