Raptors announce extension with forward Young

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Thaddeus Young on a multi-year contract extension.

The Raptors announced the deal Friday, despite the widespread reports after NBA Free Agency opened Thursday at 6 p.m. ET that Young had signed a two-year, $16 million extension with the club.

Toronto acquired the six-foot-tall, 235-pound New Orleans native on February’s trade deadline as part of a package that included the disgruntled Goran Dragic and the Raptors’ first-round pick in exchange for Young, San Antonio’s runner-up. Round pick and the Drew Eubanks have since waived.

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Young averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26 games for the Raptors. He averaged 3.3 points, three rebounds and 1.7 assists in six games in Toronto’s first-round playoff loss to Philadelphia, in which Young saw his minutes limited by a thumb sprain.

The 34-year-old has played 15 seasons in the NBA after being drafted 12th overall by Philadelphia in the 2007 draft. He holds career averages of 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 29.3 minutes in 1,085 games (711 starts) with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Indiana, Chicago, San Antonio and Toronto.

“Thad is a senior pro who complements our core very well. He has integrated into the fabric of the team over the past season and we are pleased that he has decided to re-sign here in Toronto,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said in a statement.

He is a smart and versatile player who will continue to provide valuable guidance for our younger players on the pitch and in the dressing room.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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