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Thaddeus Young liked that Bulls played ‘hard as hell,’ excited to help them back to playoffs

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Thaddeus Young signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bulls at the start of free agency, and part of the reason why he signed with the team was because he appreciated their effort when he played them as an opponent.

“Just from playing them at Indiana, they played hard as hell,” said Young, via Bulls Nation. “Those are the type of guys that you want to play with.”

Of course, the Bulls are still far off from being a playoff team, but Young hopes that his veteran presence can help Chicago in its quest to return to the postseason.

“I think I can bring that veteran presence to this team and hopefully get back to making the playoffs,” he added.

Young spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Indiana Pacers, playing in 81 games and averaging 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals over 30.7 minutes per game. He also shot 52.7 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from 3-point range and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.

He spent the first seven years of his career with the Sixers, progressively getting better until he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal during the summer of 2014.

However, he resided in Minnesota just one half of a season, as he was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Garnett midway through the 2014-15 campaign.

Then, during the summer of 2016, Young was traded to the Pacers, where he played the last three years.