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As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

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Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that.

What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young and Hawes, Philly.com’s Deep Sixer blog reports. This was expected. What that really means is that when both test the free agent market the Sixers will have the right to match the offers of any other team. (Probably. Again, totally unknown territory ahead of us, but that’s how the old system worked.)

If Hawes and Young do not reach any deal with other teams, they could return to the Sixers (both would be due $4 million next season).

The Sixers want to keep Young around but have been rumored to be thinking about another center.

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