Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young has chosen to exercise his player option for next season and will remain with the team, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Per the terms of his contract, opting in will allow Young to earn a $13.7 million salary in the 2018-19 season.
"Thanks for all the love @Pacers fans and family," Young tweeted. "Everyone keeps saying welcome back. I never left. I'm here. I promise to continue to give 110% for my brothers & family in blue & gold each day as I have done the past 2 years."
Young, who turned 30 a week ago, considered hitting free agency this summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Instead, the 11-year veteran decided to continue in his leadership role with the Pacers, in an offseason that could bring plenty of change.
Indiana could have as much as $20 million in salary cap space this summer.
Young averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last season, his second with the Pacers. Originally a first-round pick (No. 12 overall) by Philadelphia in 2007, Young spent his first seven years with the 76ers (2007-14). He has also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-15) and Brooklyn Nets (2015-16).
In his 11 NBA seasons, Young owns career averages of 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.
--Field Level Media