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Report: Clippers scout recently attended Bulls game to watch Thaddeus Young

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The Los Angeles Clippers’ interest in Chicago Bulls small forward Thaddeus Young is very real ahead of the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

According to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, the Clippers recently sent a scout to watch Young play:

A league source previously confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago that the Clippers’ interest in Young is legitimate, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. A Clippers scout attended a recent Bulls game despite the fact the teams don’t meet again until April.

Young is playing 22.4 minutes per game for the Bulls. He’s averaging 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 59.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The Clippers are looking to bolster their frontcourt depth at the NBA’s trade deadline. Young has playoff experience and is playing on a team-friendly contract. He’s making $12,900,000 this season and owed $13,545,000 in 2020-21. His $14.1 million salary for the 2021-22 season is only $6 million guaranteed.

The Bulls are still alive in the playoff hunt since the back half of the Eastern Conference is really bad. The Clippers, meanwhile, are in fourth place in the West and have a legitimate chance of winning the title this season. They can technically stand pat at the deadline and be fine heading into the second half of the season.

However, if the Bulls give signals they are willing to trade Young, the Clippers should try and acquire him for the right price.