San Antonio Spurs: Exploring a deal with free agent forward Thaddeus Young

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 23: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to the basket against Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Free agent forward Thaddeus Young may be able to provide the San Antonio Spurs with the hustle, energy and leadership they need to hit the next level.

Widely known for his motor, defensive instincts and constant activity on both ends of the floor, power forward Thaddeus Young brings a lot of skills to the table that would be of service to the San Antonio Spurs.

As a versatile wing with the ability to switch between guards, forwards and centers on defense, Young could match nicely with a Spurs lineup that ranked 20th in defensive rating through the 2018-19 regular season.

Young just capped the final year of a four-year, $54 million contract that earned him roughly $13.8 million in this past season. He’ll enter his 13th season in the NBA at 31-years-old with 51 games of playoff experience under his belt and a chip on his shoulder following the Indiana Pacers’ first-round sweep at the hands of an invigorated Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.

Indiana has an opportunity to go big game hunting in the offseason, considering their crop of expiring deals and cap flexibility heading into the Summer. They may opt to move on from Young as the team moves in a younger direction, which could bode well for general manager R.C. Buford of the Spurs.

In his third season as a Pacer, Young put up 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game on a 55.7 percent effective field goal percentage. He made 56.4 percent of his two-point field goals, 34.9 percent of his threes and 64.4 percent of his free throws. These aren’t the kinds of stats that jump off the box score, but he gives an earnest effort every time down the floor.

Considering their limited money pool on the free agent market and need for two-way intensity off the pine, Young could be a solid fit with the Spurs as currently constructed.

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