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3 best trade destinations for Spurs’ Thaddeus Young as frustration with role mounts

Thaddeus Young, Spurs, Warriors, Nuggets, Bucks

Slowly slipping out of the rotation in Texas and aiming to be a key contributor on a title contender, Thaddeus Young is searching for a more workable situation with his recent lack of playing time on the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs are in the midst of a rebuild and currently giving the majority of the minutes to their younger players who they’d like to continuously develop. This in-turn has led to less playing time for Young.

Even though he has been very understanding of this and a good sport about the recent changes to the Spurs’ game-time rotation, Young would still like to play for a team where he can be a difference-maker and play more meaningful minutes. As both Young and San Antonio aim to move past this issue, we’ll now discuss the three best trade destinations for Young as his frustration with the team continues to mount.

Thaddeus Young Trade Destinations

3. Milwaukee Bucks 

With Brook Lopez set to miss significant time while recovering from back surgery, the Milwaukee Bucks will be playing undermanned and with a relatively thin frontcourt rotation. The addition of DeMarcus Cousins will lessen the blow for them, but Cousins also hasn’t been fully healthy for quite some time now so the jury is still out on what kind of production they’ll be able to get out of him.

Outside of Lopez, the Bucks only have Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis as their other dominant low-post players.

The addition of Thaddeus Young would give them extra relief and shore up their front line. This will especially come in handy for them when they face some of the bigger teams in the league and need a quality veteran presence like Young to give them an additional set of active hands, athleticism and elite rim protection. Young would also give the Bucks another mobile combo big that could run the floor outside of Antetokounmpo and Portis, which would make an even scarier opponent throughout the season.

2. Denver Nuggets 

Now that Michael Porter Jr. is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery and Jamal Murray is still recovering and rehabbing from a horrific knee injury he endured last season, this has created a bigger playmaking load for reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic. In spite of the of the fact that the Denver Nuggets have been playing short-handed for the majority of this season, they have still held their own and come away with a few quality wins.

However, they’re currently the 10th seed in the Western Conference and definitely could use a boost of some sort. With Young wanting a bigger role on a contending team, this could be just what the Nuggets need.

The addition of the veteran combo big would give Jokic some much-needed help down low. This move may not completely move the needle for Denver, but it would give them a stellar veteran presence that would bolster their frontcourt and provide a ton of relief for Jokic in the paint.

1. Golden State Warriors

Despite their hot start to the 2021-22 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors’ biggest flaw is still without question their frontcourt depth. With James Wiseman still out injured, this has left the Dubs with Draymond Green and Kevon Looney as their primary interior defenders. Granted they’ve still played elite defense up to this point, but adding a multi-skilled big of Young’s caliber would be ideal for the Dubs.

Plus, he would have an immediate impact playing in the Bay Area.

A frontcourt rotation of Green, Looney and Young would give the Warriors an even deeper roster and bring some much-needed length and rim protection to their relatively thin frontline. As the Warriors return to playing championship-caliber basketball, the addition of Thaddeus Young would only improve their chances of another title run while providing them with another savvy veteran.