This Heat-Spurs Trade Features Thaddeus Young To Miami

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For the first time in their team’s 55-year history, the San Antonio Spurs missed the NBA playoffs in back-to-back seasons and it appears as if they could be in store for another long season during the 2021-22 year. With DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills departing in the offseason, the rebuild is on in San Antonio, but not all hope is lost. 

Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson, and others highlight an intriguing group of young talents for this team to build with moving forward, but it will definitely take time for the Spurs to once again reach their full potential.

DeMar DeRozan was moved via a sign-and-trade with the Chicago Bulls and in return for DeRozan, the Spurs received Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu (who was waived), a first-round pick, and two second-round picks. Now, Thaddeus Young finds himself in an interesting situation to begin the 2021-22 season.

He is coming off a really great all-around season with the Bulls last year and Young has kind of been thrown into a similar situation that Al Horford was in last season with the Thunder, except Thaddeus Young is in the final year of his contract, whereas Horford still had multiple years left.

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The veteran forward on the Spurs still has a lot left to give and could definitely impact a handful of playoff threats around the league, which is why San Antonio could look to trade him. 

Thaddeus Young is coming off a year in which he averaged 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and shot 55.9% from the floor, making a team like the Miami Heat potentially interested in him. Miami made a lot of roster moves this offseason to solidify their status as a championship contender in the Eastern Conference, but Young could be the final piece they need in their frontcourt that is led by Bam Adebayo. 

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The Heat had a disappointing 40-32 season last year that ended in them getting swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, but with a new “Big 3” in Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, they are already being picked to be one of the Top-4 teams in the Eastern Conference.

Is Thaddeus Young the missing piece for this team heading into the season? 

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.