Suns Eyeing Spurs Newcomer Thaddeus Young

The reigning Western Conference champion Suns are among the contending teams that have pursued Spurs forward Thaddeus Young, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.Thaddeus Young

Young, 33, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 68 games last season with the Bulls last season. He was acquired by the Spurs in the DeMar DeRozan trade with Chicago.

He also shot 56 percent from the field and his contract of $14 million is set to expire at the end of the season — making him an attractive candidate for contending teams such as the Suns.

Phoenix could undoubtedly use some help at the forward position, as Dario Saric is expected to miss most or all of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the playoffs.

Of course, it is not yet known what the Spurs may have planned for Young. They could opt to keep his expiring deal up until the trade deadline, or even for the season.

“The Suns would have to add a little more salary to Saric’s $8.5 million to sufficiently match Young’s cap hit, and many of their lesser-paid players aren’t yet trade-eligible since they were recently signed,” noted Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.

That said, as Adams added, the Suns were recently said to be gauging trade interest on forward/center Jalen Smith, a former lottery pick.

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