2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Thaddeus Young: 3 years, $41 million (Chicago Bulls)

The basketball fit isn’t quite clear, since Thaddeus Young’s best position is power forward and the Chicago Bulls already have Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. in the frontcourt, not to mention Otto Porter Jr., who can spend some time as a small-ball 4.

However, Young is widely renowned as being one of the league’s best teammates, as he was a finalist for the NBA’s Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award. This young Bulls team needs his kind of reserved leadership and experience, and at just under $14 million a season, that’s what they’ll be getting.

Young posted a ho-hum 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on 52.7 percent shooting last year. Though he’s not much of a floor-spacer, he’s a capable defender and has been an appreciated glue guy on a number of successful teams.

He’ll help Chicago take the next step forward in its rebuild through youth next year, though it is a bit odd to see the Bulls use the majority of their cap space on someone who isn’t point guard — even if the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson had already reported that might be the case. They just drafted Coby White, but rookie point guards typically struggle and a Kris Dunn upgrade is definitely needed.

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Grade: B-