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Thaddeus Young reportedly asked for trade from 76ers

Dec 20, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Thaddeus Young AP

The 76ers have lost seven straight, 11 of 12 and 15 of 17.

After a 3-0 start threatened Sam Hinkie’s plans – and kept Philadelphia in the heart of the playoff race far too long in the downtrodden Eastern Conference – the 76ers are right back on track. They’re losing and losing often, putting themselves in prime position for a top draft back.

Believe it or not, though, Philadelphia’s veterans don’t want to be part of such a plan.

Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers:

Young and his agent, Jim Tanner, submitted a formal trade request to Hinkie and the Sixers weeks ago, according to a source close to Young.

“Thad is ready to leave Philly,” the source said. “He isn’t with the whole tanking thing.”

Young has two years remaining on his contract after the current season, $9,410,869 in 2014-15 and an early-termination option of $9,971,739 for 2015-16, fairly reasonable salaries. Just 25, Young is young enough to remain a quality player once the 76ers get good again.

He can request a trade, but the team definitely has control in this situation.

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However, Hinkie might be best off appeasing Young.

Young would bring value in a trade, and Philadelphia could seek a draft pick, one it would to get a player whose career arc better fits the team’s. Young might remain strong when the 76ers next get good, but he’s entering his peak now, and it’s wasted in Philadelphia.

The timing could be tricky, though.

Young is having a down season compared to the last couple. The forward’s production has slipped just a little in nearly every area, a sign that perhaps tanking has gotten to him. It might be better to trade Young before his value slips further.

And if Young reverts to his previous levels of play, that might be even more harmful to the 76ers. That could cause them to win more games.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    any team thought to have tanked should lose their draft pick, show some balls Commissioner Sperm.

    • zerole00 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      So what’s your solution to a team looking to contend then? Get lucky with a mid round draft pick?

      That’s not even considering the fact that NBA teams operate under different financial constrictions based on size of their market.

    • liamj55 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Enjoy mediocreville Knicks fan.

  2. ryanrockzzz - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I think a trade of Young will easily happen by the end of the year. I feel bad for Young, being a tweener’ he got bounced around a lot by former Sixers coaches, and is expected to lead a team of second teir players this year, despite the fact he is still young. I can think of a few trades off the top of my head that make sense, and with a player under contract for a few more years there should be offers.

    1.) Young to Detroit for Greg Monroe and Charlie Villanueva.

    2.) Young to Cleveland for Waiters – This makes a ton of sense if attitude wasn’t a problem for Waiters.

    3.) Young to OKC for Thabo and Jeremey Lamb – would probably have to be a three team deal for cap reasons to get this to work, but I could see OKC being interested in Thad as a swingman off the bench.

    • psubeerman21 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      I think the Waiters deal would be good. Attitudes can change if they are put in a different situation, and I think he said he would want to come to Philly (go figure). Either way, he is a cheaper option, and still young enough you could move him next year if it doesn’t work out. And if Detroit gives us Monroe for Young, they lost their minds

      • ewyorksockexchange - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Agreed. I think Waiters would have a different attitude while playing with a college teammate (MCW) and in his hometown city. Even if they are tanking.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      If they move Thad to get Waiters, they would also ship off Turner. They don’t need two starting SG’s. Maybe a three team type of deal. Even Thad for Waiters without Turner involved would need a third team to get done, as the salaries don’t match. I’d be fine with a three team deal where Thad and Turner are traded for Waiters, a young SF, and a first, although they could probably get a little more. They really need a role player who can shoot the three ball with consistency.

    • balooga999 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Detroit would never (essentially) swap Monroe for Young, it would be a horrible deal for them. And frankly the OKC proposal isn’t much better. The Waiters proposal isn’t out of the realm of possibility but Cleveland won’t likely give up a very cap friendly contract for Young alone either.

    • baldeagle22 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Unfortunately none of these one-sided deals favoring the 76ers make sense.

      1. Detroit would be foolish to downgrade from Monroe to Young, and already have a more accomplished Thad Young in Josh Smith….

      2. Cleveland already is overwhelmed with frontcourt tweeners (although Turner for Waiters seems more likely)

      3. The OKC deal makes no sense whatsoever for them other than the purpose of getting Reggie Jackson more run.

      Unfortunately for the 76ers and Young, there are about 50 6-foot 8 forwards in the NBA who aren’t a true SF or PF. It’ll be tough for Philly to get anything close in value to where we think Thad is, especially given the year he’s having to this point…

    • knoxxlive - Dec 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      yea your definitely not from Philly, serious??? Waiters bringing waiter to Philly would only make matters worst, you don’t accommodate a player cause he’s from a certain place if that was the case Paul pierce woulda went to LA wit Doc, sixers have ET. Mayyybe just mayyybe tahbo but Jeremy lamb? NO , again sixers have ET Charlie V is a bust, and Greg Monroe is the centerpiece of DET , lol wow man

  3. psubeerman21 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    This will be Thad Young’s 6th year in the league. In that time, he hasn’t developed an outside shot, he hasn’t developed an inside game, and he hasn’t distinguised himself with his defense. He is now what he was 6 years ago: an athletic wing-type that can get transition buckets and grab some offensive boards for put-backs. And what he is now is what he will be in 3 years. Reasonable contract or not, he is a energy player off the bench, nothing more. If we get a high draft pick for him, it will be highway robbery.

  4. jolink653 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    OKC would never make that deal. No disrespect to Young, but Thabo is much more valuable for his wing defense and perimeter shooting, and they’re trying to develop Lamb into a bigger scoring threat, plus Ibaka does the same things as Young and does them a lot better. I don’t see Presti taking on another $10 million in salary either when they need space to lock up Reggie Jackson. Sefolosha and Lamb are relatively cheap as well, leaving some payroll flexibility. Young would be a $10 million bench player on OKC

  5. valeb2012 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Enough with the worst teams getting the highest picks. Give the best team the top picks, adjust the rookie salary and term and voila, no more tanking. If the Spurs have the best record, they should be rewarded not punished. Soon, you have too many talented players and not enough in the salary cap and players leave for bigger contracts. The whole “you got the best record, you’re out of luck in the draft” has to go away.

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