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Thaddeus Young says ‘not getting tired of the grind’ is only way Bulls will get better

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Veteran small forward Thaddeus Young says “not getting tired of the grind” is the only way the Chicago Bulls will get better.

Young signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Bulls this summer and will be asked to be one of the leaders on the team since Chicago has a lot of youngsters on the squad.

“It starts by not getting tired of the grind,” Young said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Not getting tired of the competitive nature. A lot of guys, they tend to get tired of the competitive nature, of coming to practices each and every day and playing over and over. But when you do those same things over and over, it helps you get better as a team, and it helps you win more games as a team.”

Thaddeus Young averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2018-19 with the Indiana Pacers while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Young is going to come off the bench for the Bulls, who will likely start Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

The Bulls may be able to sneak into the seventh or eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race next season if key players stay healthy and the young guys improve. Chicago will go as far as LaVine and Markkanen can take them, but Young’s play off the bench will be critical as well.