Trade rumors surrounding Thaddeus Young have been circulating all season. He’s still with the Philadelphia 76ers, but could be used as trade bait after the season is over.
The Sixers have enough pieces to make a deal happen for a star player. Young is the Sixers’ veteran on the roster. He may be in the Sixers’ future plans if they can’t get the talent they’re looking for in return. The Sixers will look to include Young, their second rounders and possibly former All-Star forward Danny Granger (if they do a sign-and-trade) in a package for a top level player. They can pull off a draft day deal with a lottery team looking to deal an expiring contract.
Young has been the Sixers’ most consistent player since he was drafted by the team in the first round seven years ago. He is averaging 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and most importantly 1.3 steals per game during his seven-year career. He and rookie Michael Carter-Williams have become the leaders of the Sixers this season. He isn’t a star, but is a very good role player that the Sixers could use as a third- or fourth-string option.
The Sixers value Young enough they won’t settle for any player. Other teams in need of a top sixth man or role player could use Young’s services. He is posting career numbers this season averaging 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in 53 games. During his absence, the Sixers went 1-2 and didn’t have another inside presence to help starting center Spencer Hawes.
Don’t expect to see Young leave anytime soon as the Sixers would benefit from keeping him.
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