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Report: Thaddeus Young considering opting out of $13.7 million final year

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CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 25: Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers warms up prior to playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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We’ve seen multiple players make this calculation in recent years: Opt out of the last year of a contract to take less money the next year, but secure more guaranteed money overall in a long-term deal. Some players are willing to take security (and more long-term guaranteed money) over the short-term gain.

Thaddeus Young may be next up for that.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Young, 29, is seriously contemplating declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN....

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.

If Young opts out of the Pacers and into a tight free agent market, he will take a paycut of a few million next season. How much less remains to be seen, but a few million most likely.

But if he can get three years at around $36 million total, that may be worth it to him.

It’s not an easy call. Have a big season in 2018-19 and his free agent payday next summer — when many teams will have more money to spend — could net him another healthy payday. However, an injury or an off-year for whatever reason could hurt his value much further.

Young has until June 29 to decide and let the Pacers know his plans.