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Sixers’ Thaddeus Young admits to feeling left out of the trade deadline action

Feb 22, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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Since the beginning of the season, it’s been widely known around the league that the Sixers’ veteran trio of Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young were all available in trade as the team began its rebuilding process.

Turner was involved in the biggest deal of the day, getting sent to a Pacers team with the best record in the East in exchange for Danny Granger. Hawes was similarly shipped out of town, albeit to the mess of a team that is the Cavaliers.

Young, however, remained the lone veteran on the roster. While being professional when asked about the situation, he clearly would rather have been part of a deadline deal than be forced to finish out the season as Philadelphia develops its younger players.

From Bob Cooney of Philly.com:

“This situation, I don’t know how much worse it can get, but there’s a lot of great guys in this locker room who can play,” he said dutifully. “Hopefully, we can just go out there and get better as a team and continue to play hard.” …

“I am not going to lie, a little bit,” he said of feeling left out on trade day. “Certain things don’t always happen in your favor or it doesn’t happen the way everybody else thinks it should play out. It’s been a very tough year so far, but you try to make the best of the situation.”

Young has had a solid season, posting averages of 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per contest. His contract number isn’t unreasonable for a productive big man, but it is for $9.4 and $9.9 million over the next two seasons.

With so many teams wanting to maintain future flexibility with their salary cap, the two seasons guaranteed (though Young can opt out of the second year in 2015-16 if he chooses) might have scared teams away. But plenty of deals will be made leading up to this summer’s draft, and then again surrounding free agency in July.

if the Sixers throw in one of their seemingly endless stash of future second round picks, they may find a taker for Young at some point before next year.

  1. sumkat - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Kind of what I speculated in the thread about “winners and losers” at the deadline.

    I think, if they can get a 1st, he’ll be moved in the off-season, or at next years deadline (throwing in a 2 as needed). But unlike Hawes and Turner, Young is a guy that they would like to have around long term, if possible. His professionalism, hard nosed play style, and willingness to do anything the team asks without regard for his personal stats, are not only a great thing for any team to have, but is a great guy to have as an example to a young core.

    I think they look to trade him at the draft, if a guy they like slips towards the end of the round, and they think they can move Young and a 2 for a pick and an expiring, they do it. If not, they look to move him after the draft for a 1. If neither of those things happen, it depends on what happens with the draft. If they hit on 2 first round picks, and they mesh well with MCW and Noel, they may decide to keep young with that core, and go all-out in FA to try to add to it. If it looks like those young guys are going to need a while to grow together, they’ll look to move him if the price is right.

    As a Sixers fan, I’m ecstatic that there were 3 guys for sale, 2 of which I wanted gone, and the one that is left is the one I wanted to be here. Thad is still young enough that he could be a key player after the rebuild. But for him personally, he’s been in the league 6 years, I’m sure he’s ready to play on a contender. I can completely understand him not wanting to hang around for another rebuild

    All I can says is, if he does stick around, and the rebuild actually works out (neither a given), knowing he stuck through the tough times, he’s be loved in Philly forever. He’d never pay for a meal or drink again in his life

    • philadelphiafan - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      @sumkat
      Your comment was right on the money. Thad’s been a true professional since his rookie year. Elton Brand had no business starting over Thad during his last few years in Philadelphia but the handful of years he was coming off the bench was one of the main reasons the Sixers had arguably the best bench in the league. Personally, being a Sixers fan, I would love to see Thad finish out his career in Philly and retire a Sixer.

  2. ggallin4evr - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The Cavs have win 5 of 6; how is that such a mess?

    • adamsjohn714 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      They’ve lost 34 of 56. That’s how.

      • thesixersbench - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Reading this reply after the original comment caused me to bust out laughing. Well done.

        Amazing to me after all these years how Cavaliers fans can still be in denial. Arguably the worst management group in pro sports…unless, of course, you count the Cleveland Browns.

  3. money2long - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    thaddeus young kind of looks like that rapper named Fabolous

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      No. But when Corey Maggette had the braids back in LA he looked like Xzibit. And I swear Devin Harris is Ludacris’ brother.

      • money2long - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        lol..or ludacris is stephen a smith’s brother, or john legend is mo williams’ brother

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        LMAO! Mo Williams and John Legend!! HAAA, I can see that.

      • bjswoosh805 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        what about Marcus Camby looks like Dr Dre and Shannon Brown kinda looks like Chris Brown. oh and tell me not Rodney Stuckey and .50 cent

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Yes! I forgot about Shannon Brown aka Chris Brown! Marcus Camby/Dr. Dre is a bit of a stretch but Rodney Stuckey looks like he could be 50’s cousin.

        Also, Ramon Seeions looks like Lil’ Duval!

      • irvfin3 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I always thought Marcus Camby looked like Redman. And also Carmelo looks like T.I.

  4. whodat82 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    My 2K team can’t afford to lose Thad…Dude is a stud.

  5. campcouch - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    lol,a Philly beat writer calling the Cavs a mess. Sixers shipped out Turner and Hawes for a knee brace and some taco shells. careful you don’t jinx them.

    • sumkat - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      You would think a Cavs fan would get the whole idea of tanking. You have so much experience watching it

  6. wowwowbad - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Why rush? He’s gonna get traded at the draft night.

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