Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas told the teams that the veteran forward Thaddeus Young is not available through commerce, reports Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Young is a coveted business target for contending teams, O’Connor notes. His contract is relatively friendly for the team ($ 13.55 million in 2020-2021, with a partial guarantee on his salary of $ 14.19 million for the 21-22); he’s a veteran leader with a lot of playoff experience; and he’s having a good year in the field, registering 12.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 4.4 APG with 60.9% shots to go along with a solid, versatile defense.
The Bulls only have a 16-18 record and could get a good comeback for Young if they’re ready to sell, so rival teams question whether Karnisovas is trying to increase his influence by saying the 32-year-old years is not on the table. , by O’Connor.
Still, Chicago is tied for ninth in the East, putting the team at the heart of the playoff race – Young has been a key part of the Bulls’ success, and the club would love to see its young players (especially Zach lavine) gain some playoff experience. As such, it’s no surprise that Karnisovas is opposed to selling Young for project assets or other parts that wouldn’t help Chicago in the near term.
The Bulls will have a series of tough games to start the second half, including games this week against Philadelphia (Thursday), Miami (Friday) and Toronto (Sunday). If they start to drop in the Eastern Conference rankings, they might become more inclined to be sellers by the March 25 trade deadline, but if they are still on the hunt in a few weeks, it will be difficult for them. suitors to keep Young away.