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Thad Young well aware of possibility Sixers could trade him this season

Oct 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Sixers head coach Brett Brown said earlier this week that his team — the guys who are actually healthy enough to play this season — consists of just six NBA players.

Three of those are veterans, and all are possible candidates to be traded before the season is through.

Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Evan Turner are all players who could bring back further pieces for the franchise to use to rebuild. Since the team isn’t going anywhere this season, veteran leadership — even on a team with so many young players — is only valued to a certain point.

Young is well aware of the situation he’s in, and although he doesn’t want to leave Philadelphia, he’s prepared for the possibility that he may be traded before the end of the year.

From Christopher A. Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times:

Young and the Sixers are about to embark on their seventh season together. While nothing would please him more than to stay with the team that drafted him 12th overall in 2007, Young said a trade — whether it be before, during or after this season — wouldn’t surprise him.

“Right now, this is my family and this is my home for the past seven years. If that day comes, it comes,” Young said, following the Sixers’ practice at PCOM. “I can’t worry about it. I can’t stress myself out about it. You pack up. You have a family and have to go to the next city.

“I’d definitely be heartbroken, by the simple fact that this is the team that drafted me, this is the team I’ve been with, and this is the family I’ve always been with. I’ve been through the ups and downs, the goods and bads. It’ll be tough, but at the end of the day it’s a business.”

Young has three years and $28 million remaining on his contract, although he has an early termination option in year three that could allow him to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent.

It’s not exactly a bargain of a deal, but it is worth noting that Young had his best all-around statistical season last year. He started in all 76 of his appearances, and averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting over 53 percent from the field.

Young is also a two-way player who’s proven capable of being an above-average defender at times. There are teams out there that would love to add a player of his caliber, and there’s no question he might be made available this season — for the right combination of cap relief, draft picks, and young assets.

  1. sgtr0c - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Go Sixers! Hate to see him go, but if it happens, he deserves to play for a team with a good shot at the championship. He is a great teammate.

  2. casualcommenter - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    “Young has three years and $28 million remaining on his contract. It’s not exactly a bargain of a deal, but it is worth noting that Young had his best all-around statistical season last year. He started in all 76 of his appearances, and averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting over 53 percent from the field.”

    That’s the thing, though. 3 years for $28 million is about $9.3 million per year, and that’s a reasonable price for a 15-8 guy. As ProBasketball Talk reported 2 days ago, Gordon Hayward of the Jazz is going to get $12+ million per year in his next deal.

    Because Young is reasonably paid for his production, and because the Sixers want to be REALLY BAD this year, he’s a trade piece. If he was overpaid, the Sixers would keep him to allow them to meet the minimum salary requirement and tank.

  3. stephenolszewski - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Would like to see Thad in a Cavs uniform we need a SF bad!

    • tcclark - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Well trading for a guy who hasn’t played small forward in years and frankly isn’t very good at it anyway (lack of ball-handling skills, outside jumper, and perimeter defense) may not be your best option then. The last thing the Cavs need is another power forward, but go ahead and trade your first round pick for him – we’ll take it.

      • biasedhomer - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        I wouldn’t classify Young as a PF. He’s more of a SF than a PF if anything.

      • stephenolszewski - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Never said I’d trade a first round pick for him,we do have some 1st rd picks we’d give you guys to waste if you want though

  4. johngalt1783 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Another undersized PF. He has actually played fairly well during his career except for 2009-10. His career advanced stats are above average even though he is not a very good three point shooter.

    He could help a lot of teams as a bench player.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Thad Young would be a solid piece on a contending team. His efforts would be wasted here in Philly for this season. I’ve always been a fan of Thaddeus: giving 100% every game.

  6. ochospantalones - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Thad Young is a good player. Unlike Hawes and Turner. He’s efficient on offense and plays a team game on defense. His contract may not be a bargain, but compared to some of the deals around the league (DeMarr DeRozan?) it is certainly reasonable. I would dump Hawes and Turner for anything, but for Thad I would actually want to get something of value back. There is some value to having a hard-working, team-oriented guy around to set an example for the kids. If he does get dealt, I could see him being a good contributor off the bench for a contender.

  7. tcclark - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    All three of these guys could bring something good in return at the deadline. Thad is obviously the best trade asset. He can start at the four and give a low seed playoff team a lot on both sides of the floor, or as a former runner-up in the 6th man voting, he could come off the bench for a contender and give a huge spark to the second unit. He could garner a first round pick from a playoff team.

    Hawes is the next best option. He’s really undervalued in Philadelphia and has been a solid contributor throughout his tenure. He has a great perimeter jumper, is an excellent passer, and holds his own on the defensive end. He also has an expiring contract which is extremely valuable with next years class of free agents. In the right package and with the right situation the Sixers could get some valuable pieces for Hawes and possibly even a non-lottery first rounder depending on the situation and the season he has. Centers have more value than everyone else

    Turner is the wild card. He will be expected to do a lot this year and if he can raise his scoring average by 4-5 points, which shouldn’t be hard considering 80% of the offense will be going through him this year, he will be very attractive to teams at the deadline. A guy who can average 18-6-6 has a lot of value (see: Andre Iguodala). Sam Hinkie could trick someone into giving him assets for him as long as they don’t look at his shooting percentage or turnovers

  8. legend30 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    He realized after the Suns traded Marcin Gortat, then the 76ers was going to make a counter move. Well played 76ers … well played…

    – Suns front office (They are now attempting to trade Dragic, as we speak)

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