After being acquired from the Bulls through the DeMar DeRozan sign-and-trade, many Spurs fans have suspected that Thaddeus Young could be a potential trade chip for the team.
That speculation has now been proven correct, as Shams Charania of The Athletic (subscription required) reported this morning that the Suns are “among the contenders who have pursued [the] Spurs forward.”
The 33-year-old Young averaged 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists last season for Chicago and will provide a good veteran presence for any team. His expiring contract and age seem to indicate that a trade will likely happen, but PATFO could decide to move him at the deadline to try and generate a bidding war.
Charania also mentioned that San Antonio was interested in acquiring Lauri Markkanen in the DeRozan deal, but sources said that “Chicago is believed to have pulled him from the proposal,” disproving the idea that the Spurs didn’t want him in return.
Fortunately, PATFO was able to add another young power forward in Zach Collins, and hopefully he’ll be able to stay healthy enough to contribute this season.
Whether the Spurs move Young before the start of the season or later, some moves will still have to be made prior to the start of the regular season on October 20 as they currently have 17 players on guaranteed contracts.