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Thaddeus Young says he’s frustrated with role in San Antonio

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Veteran forward Thaddeus Young ended up in San Antonio last summer as part of the trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls.

In San Antonio, Young has made 17 appearances and is averaging just 15.6 minutes per game for the Spurs, which is a career-low.

“Right now, this situation is not ideal for me,” Young said, per Basketball News. “I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had to settle for four and six minutes a game.

“It’s super tough. It’s very tough and frustrating at times,” Young added. “But at the end of the day, I understand where this franchise is going and I understand what’s happening — the young guys have to play.

Whatever happens, happens. It’s just a matter of trusting in my faith and trusting in my craft and trusting in the time that I put into the game each and every day.” 

Young has been part of several trade rumors since the start of the season, as the Spurs are a less veteran-oriented team this year.

Young has tried to make the most of his minutes this season, as he’s averaging 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Young will likely get moved prior to the NBA trade deadline in February, hoping to get a chance to play in a contender. The former Bulls’ forward is on an expiring contract, that will make him extra attractive to potential suitors.

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