When the NBA season first began months ago, one could look at the Brooklyn Nets roster and see a heavy veteran presence, with quite a few key players approaching the end of their glory days. Of the fifteen roster spots on their opening day roster, the Nets had six players over the age of 30, including Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, and Alan Anderson. That all changed a few nights ago when the Nets dealt Garnett back to the place where he began his seemingly Hall Of Fame career, in Minnesota. KG has expressed interest in co-owning the T-Wolves with head coach/general manager Flip Saunders when he retires, and he agreed to waive his no-trade clause in order to return to the place where it all began. In return for the 38-year-old Garnett, the Nets were, in effect, given a gift when they received a younger, talented player at the same position in without giving up a draft pick in Thaddeus Young.

Thad Young began his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, playing his first seven seasons there before being included in the three-team trade this offseason that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, Young, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to the T-Wolves, and picks and other fillers for the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers. The Wolves had the chance to nab a first round pick instead of Young (who is headed to free agency this summer), but took the chance that the team would be more competitive than they have been at 12-43 through Tuesday. Young is seen as a stretch forward whose primary position is the three, but can also be a stretch four and hold his ground well. He has good size, at 6’8”, 221 pounds. Overall Young is a good pick up for the Nets, who needed to get younger on the roster, and certainly more athletic at the power forward position. He started all 48 games that he played in Minnesota, and was averaging 14.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. As a free agent it is possible he leaves for a max contract, but it was a quality return that should keep the Nets in the battle for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And if he resigns, at age 26 Young is capable of being a key building block for the future. Not a bad haul for enabling a reunion.

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