Trade rumors involving Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young are circulating. The Sixers are better off dealing him for a draft pick in order to increase their chances of drafting Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, as well as earn valuable cap space to sign a free agent.
While Young has been one of the Sixers’ longest-tenured and most consistent players, he’s more a sixth man as opposed to starter on most teams. Young has reached his peak and will most likely not post bigger numbers as long as he’s with the Sixers. He is averaging 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. The Sixers should trade him while his value is high. A championship contender or team looking to build immediately could offer a lot for Young.
He is making $8.9-million this season, so it may be tough to move him. Plus, he won’t be a free agent until 2015. The Sacramento Kings could be a perfect destination for Young. The Kings will have lots of cap space and they are looking to win now, so they’d probably throw in Philadelphia-area player Jason Thompson in the mix.
The Sixers need some help on a depleted frontcourt, and Thompson would be a great fit. He could be paired with draft pick Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt next season. The Sixers are looking at moving Noel to the power forward position so they’d have Thompson play center.
If the Sixers keep Young, they’ll have to decided whether to offer him an extension in 2015. The Sixers are rebuilding. They can afford to part with Young given the circumstances.