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Is Thaddeus Young worth a big free agent contract?

Nov 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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If you are a general manager looking for a guy to gamble on in this free agency period, Thaddeus Young might be the call.

He is 22, can play either forward spot, is an athletic slasher with the ball and can finish around the rim, last season showed more mature selection, plus he can defend. He took a step forward last year as the Philadelphia sixth man and he was one reason they made the playoffs. There’s reasons PBT had him No. 5 on our top free agents list, even though he is restricted.

The Sixers extended a $3.9 million qualifying offer to Young and can match any offer that comes in for him. But they are worried about keeping him, tweets Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Hearing the Sixers are very nervous about someone swooping in with a big offer for Thaddeus Young. Young’s stock soared last season.

The Sixers are just under the salary cap right now at $54 million, so they have some room to match an offer to Young, they will not go that far to do it. He’s a guy the Sixers want back but they have other priorities.

Young has said he wants to stay with the Sixers, but if a big offer rolls in….

This is a guy to watch — some team with cap space and in need of a forward may well make a run at him. And it would be a smart risk.

  1. acdc363 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    I had Thaddeus in fantasy last year he had some spectacular nights

  2. EvanZ - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Answer to the title: Yes.

  3. CJ - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    If the Sixers let him go, they’re a worse-run franchise than I thought. And that’s saying something.

  4. areyesrn - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    get rid of Iguodala…keep Thad Young

    • sasquash20 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      Iggy sucks. Keep Thad. Thad is a 3, as is Iggy, as is Turner. Keep Turner at the 3, let Thad play 4, trade Iggy please!

  5. ddrew80 - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Young is defitnetly a keeper. I hope the nets sign him but I wouldn’t give him a outlandish deal

  6. somekat - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    As I’ve said before. You trade Iggy for an expiring and a 1st. You use the amnesty clause on Brand. You don’t pick up Nicioni’s deal after this year. Bang, you just cleared up PLENTY of money. Doing the above, they still have Holiday/Turner/Young/Speights/Hawes as a starting 5, with LouWill, Meeks, Vucivec and Kaponon off the bench (I’m assuming the expiring for Iggy would be a big).

    That gives you just over 30 million in cap space next year, after giving Young something around 10 million this year. They have nobody of importance expiring after this season. So you would go in to next off season with a core of Holiday/Turner/Young/Vucivec, with Hawes/Williams/Meeks/Speights off the bench, and 30 million to make a BIG splash in free agency.

    However, this is the sixers. So they will waste their amnesty on Nicioni (a move that does NOTHING but save the owners money), keep Iggy and his ridiculous contract, and let Brand play out his contract. Meanwhile, they will be lucky if they can hold on to the 7-8 seed each season for the honor of being bounced in the first round

  7. tcclark - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    the guy is nothing more than a really good 6th man. He’s the definition of a tweener and almost never plays the 3 spot. He rarely gets plays called his way because the skill set isn’t there. He isn’t a shooter outside of 15 ft and he isn’t a great ball handler. He is a low post player with the size of a small forward. I am a big Thad fan, but if you expect this guy to join your team and become a star, you are going to be disappointed. If he can improve his shot and ball handling, maybe, but right now he’s just a really good power forward trapped in a small forwards body. If the Sixers don’t match a big offer to him, i’d be sad, but i’d completely understand. You don’t overpay for role players when you are trying to build a winning team.

    • sasquash20 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      He is a tweener because they only draft small forwards every year. Iggy, Turner and Young all should play the 3.

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    The Sixers would be dumb to let him go. As others have said: the Sixers need move Iggy. Thad Young is a stud who will continue to grow given the opportunity to grow under Coach Collins.

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