As the Philadelphia 76ers get closer and closer to the evening of Jun. 26 and the NBA Draft, the rumors surrounding the team are starting to get more and more interesting. Everyone is expecting some kind of big move from Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, but no one quite knows what might be coming. After trading away the only All-Star the team had last year in Jrue Holiday, all fans can expect is to expect the unexpected.
The rumor mill has been running the gamut, from Hinkie trading Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams in favor of picking Dante Exum to the Sixers pulling off some kind of mega-trade in order to get the first pick to guarantee the team comes away with Andrew Wiggins.
But regardless, it’s safe to say that if the Sixers do pull the trigger on some kind of trade, it will more than likely involve sending forward Thaddeus Young to another team.
After Hinkie gave Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner their walking papers at the trade deadline, Young was left as the only player on the team with any kind of real NBA experience. It also made him the odd man out when it came to the rebuilding plan Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown were putting into place. It came to light over the course of the season that Young was not happy about having to essentially waste another two years of his career while the Sixers went through a complete rebuild and felt like he missed a golden opportunity to play for a contender by not being dealt at the trade deadline.
Combine that with the fact that Hinkie is known for bold moves in order to put the Sixers in the best situation to win and it becomes apparent that trading Young is all but certain. Some feel that if the Sixers were to combine Young with the tenth pick they own and maybe a second-round pick or two, they might be able to pry the seventh pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, who are looking to win now and have never really understood the concept of “rebuilding”.
In any event, Young is a player that deserves to be on a winning team, whether that be the Sixers or another franchise. In his six years as a Sixer, he has never been anything but a professional with a solid season last year, averaging 17.9 points, 6 rebound and 2.3 assists. He could be a valuable addition to any team and would finally have a chance to compete for a championship rather than watch the NBA Finals from home.
All indications are that Hinkie will make some kind of move on the night of the NBA Draft. And while Young is a very popular player in Philadelphia and will be missed, it might be best for both the Sixers and Young if they part ways and move on.