Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young has opted out of his contract for next season, which would’ve paid him about $10 million. Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group first reported the news, and Nets general manager Billy King confirmed it shortly afterward:
Billy King says Thaddeus Young has opted out – first reported by @ChrisBHaynes – & that Nets have given qualifying offer to Mirza Teletovic.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 22, 2015
The Nets acquired Young at the trade deadline in the Kevin Garnett deal, and the 27-year-old played pretty well in Brooklyn, averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28 games. He shot 49.5 percent overall and a stellar 38 percent from long range after shooting poorly from long range for most of his career.
Young wasn’t anything special in the postseason against the Atlanta Hawks, but even so, the Nets would still like to have him back. King is confident that he’ll be able to re-sign Young, as Brooklyn can go over the cap to re-sign him and offer more than any other team. However, the forward will surely have a number of suitors, so a return to the Nets is no sure thing.