EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thaddeus Young has informed the Brooklyn Nets he will become a free agent, and general manager Billy King says they want to keep the forward and center Brook Lopez.
Young told the Nets on Monday, bypassing the $10.2 million he would have made next season in the final year of his contract. King says the Nets were expecting the decision.
The 27-year-old was acquired from Minnesota for Kevin Garnett at the trade deadline and played well as the Nets overcame a slow start to make the playoffs.
Lopez has until the end of this month to let the Nets know if he is picking up his $16.7 million option. King says Lopez has been working out at the Nets’ training facility, which he hopes is a good sign.
King also says the Nets made a qualifying offer to forward Mirza Teletovic, making him a restricted free agent and allowing them to match any offer.
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