Thaddeus Young exercises player option to remain with Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young is exercising his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.

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.

Young, 30, played a leadership role for the young Pacers, who earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a seven-game series in the first round.

Young averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in the series against the Cavaliers.

For his career, which spans a decade with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Brooklyn and Indiana, Young has averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.