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Report: Thaddeus Young ‘readily available’ in trade talks

Thaddeus Young, Bulls

Chicago Bulls veteran small forward Thaddeus Young is “readily available” in trade talks, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

Young, who signed a three-year deal with the Bulls last offseason, was supposedly unhappy with his role and minutes under head coach Jim Boylen for most of the 2019-20 season.

In fact, according to executives from two other teams, Thaddeus Young, not Zach LaVine, is the player considered most readily available. That’s largely based on Young’s displeasure with his role and usage last season, his team-friendly deal that carries only a partial guarantee in 2021-22 and his dependability and professionalism.

Before the 2019-20 season got suspended in March due to COVID-19, Young appeared in 64 games for the Bulls. The lefty averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per contest. He also shot 44.8 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 58.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Young is set to make $13,545,000 in 2020-21 and $14,190,000 in 2021-22, though only $6 million of that is guaranteed.

The Bulls have been a walking disaster since trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2017. Chicago might as well part ways with Young and get draft picks in return since the franchise is still in rebuild mode and Young is better suited to play for a contender.

The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly had trade interest in both Young and Bulls point guard Kris Dunn at the February trade deadline. We’ll see if Chicago and Los Angeles talk about a Young trade whenever the 2020 offseason period begins.