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Sources saying Pacers' Young may try free agency
Tuesday Jun 12, 2018 12:00am

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Despite a narrowing marketplace of salary-cap space, one more formidable candidate could join the summer free-agent class: Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young. The 29 year old is seriously contemplating declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, according to league sources. He has until June 29 to make a decision on the option. Young's decision on whether to exercise his player option is rooted in searching out a longer-term contract in the prime of his career this summer. Young's value with the Pacers and elsewhere has been buoyed by his ability to guard multiple positions, a benefit in the evolving NBA game. The Pacers could choose to negotiate a contract extension with Young, who plays alongside center Myles Turner for a resurgent Indiana franchise. Turner will be eligible for a rookie contract extension later this year. Young played a leadership role for the young Pacers this season, who earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a seven-game series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. For the season, Young averaged 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds with Indiana. In a decade in the NBA with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Brooklyn and Indiana, Young has averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.

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