After acquiring Jeff Teague, the Indiana Pacers successfully grabbed Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets by trading their 20th overall pick (Caris Levert) in the 2016 NBA draft and 2017 second-round pick.
Thaddeus Young was the newest Pacers’ veteran piece to surround All-Star Paul George. The Indiana Pacers made their first move on Wednesday by trading guard George Hill to the Utah Jazz to acquire Jeff Teague as part of a three-way deal.
Less than a week before the 2016 NBA draft, SB Nation revealed that Thaddeus Young was asked by the Nets management to recruit free agents. The report also said that Young was regarded by the head coach Kenny Atkinson as a team leader and someone to build around.
“I definitely have” been charged with recruiting players,” Young said earlier this offseason. “I’m not at liberty to say who, but we definitely want top-tier guys, and we definitely want key guys, key aspects of what we need to win basketball games — which is a point guard and a wing.”
However, with the recent events, it seemed like the former Nets power forward was not informed earlier that he will be traded to the Indiana Pacers. The Brooklyn Nets chose combo guard Caris Levert of Michigan as the 20th overall pick, which was a slight compensation for the Boston Celtics having their 2016 third overall pick. The trade happened in 2013 where the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Caris Lavert averaged 12.9 points and shot 40.8 percent from the three in his last full season as a sophomore in 2013-14. The combo guard from Michigan suffered three multiple injuries in the past two seasons with the Wolverines.
On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers believed that Thaddeus Young is the man they really need. There were previous reports saying that Larry Bird was targeting a stretch-four. Young has the ability to defend multiple positions and many believed that he is well suited to the Pacers’ small-ball offense.
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