Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young is exercising his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.
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Young, who averaged 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds this season, had considered the possibility of entering the free-agent market.

The Pacers could enter free agency with as much as $20 million in salary cap space.

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