Free agent forward Thaddeus Young is on the verge of agreeing to a four-year, $50 million dollar deal to stay with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN's Marc Stein.
The Nets wanted to keep Young around after trading for him in February in a deal for Kevin Garnett. Billy King, the general manager, said signing Young and Brook Lopez was a priority even it it meant having to pay the luxury tax again next season, according to Al Iannazzone. Young opted out of his player option for the 2015-16 season, but the Nets still had interest in signing him to a long-term deal.
Ultimately, they came to an agreement quickly that will keep Young for the long haul. The Nets are over the cap and do not have their draft pick next season in the event that they stink since it will be going to the Celtics, so they had no choice but to give Young and Brook Lopez fat new contracts. Lopez reportedly agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal.
Young is one of the most athletic big men in the league. He's a tad undersized for the power forward position at 6'8 and 220 pounds, but he makes up for it with energetic play. Entering his ninth season, Young is a great frontcourt player who can run the court like a wing.
He came to the Nets at the trade deadline and fit in well with Lopez down low. In his 28 games with Brooklyn, Young averaged 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. He helped the Nets sneak into the playoffs, where they gave the Atlanta Hawks a run for their money in the first round.
The Nets stayed their course by signing Young and Lopez. Now, they have to make some decisions about the rest of the roster. After making the playoffs and giving the Hawks a scare in the first round, they showed that they can compete in the Eastern Conference. With the focus on signing Lopez to a deal, too, the Nets will have to make due with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson's large contracts for now.
At least they know Young will be part of the core for the long haul.