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Report: Thaddeus Young opts out with Nets

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets- Game Six

BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 1: Thaddeus Young #30 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mikhail Prokhorov said he’ll pay the repeater luxury-tax for the Nets.

Thaddeus Young – who had a $10,221,739 player option – could put that to the test.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Young helped the Nets sneak into the playoffs after coming to Brooklyn for Kevin Garnett. But keeping the 27-year-old forward could get expensive.

Let’s make a few assumptions about the rest of the roster:

Here’s a projection of how much Young’s salary – from the minimum to his projected maximum – would cost Brooklyn in light of the harsh repeater penalties:

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Thaddeus Young salaryCost to Nets
$1,356,146$3,315,466
$2,000,000$7,000,000
$3,000,000$10,500,000
$4,000,000$14,089,084
$5,000,000$17,839,084
$6,000,000$21,589,084
$7,000,000$25,339,084
$8,000,000$29,089,084
$9,000,000$33,106,336
$10,000,000$37,606,336
$11,000,000$42,106,336
$12,000,000$46,606,336
$13,000,000$51,106,336
$14,000,000$55,873,588
$15,000,000$61,123,588
$16,000,000$66,373,588
$17,000,000$71,623,588
$18,000,000$76,873,588
$19,000,000$82,301,756
$19,027,800$82,461,606

It obviously gets ridiculous, especially when you get to Young’s estimated starting salary for next season of around $11 million.

However, if the Nets don’t re-sign Young, they can’t just spend that money elsewhere. They’d be limited to the $3,376,000 taxpayer mid-level exception. And there’s no upside for getting worse. They already traded their 2016 first-round pick to the Celtics.

If they don’t sign Young, the Nets have a chance to get under the tax. That’s the route every other owner would go – especially considering the upside to signing Young is fighting for a playoff berth in the weak Eastern Conference.

But Prokhorov is a different breed. Young could show us just how different.