Philadelphia 76ers: What to do with Thaddeus Young

Apparently, Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young has asked the front offices to trade him, according to Liberty Baller’s Jake Fischer. But who can necessarily blame him?

The seventh-year forward has been with the 76ers for his entire career. The man has dealt with five different coaches. That’s a new system and coach nearly every year he’s been there. For most players that is hard to imagine, but Young never stated anything negative about Philadelphia’s inconsistency.

Instead, Young has played small forward for the Sixers, and he has played power forward. He started, then came off the bench, then started again.  He shot threes and then he didn’t shoot threes; pretty much anything the organization and it’s array of short-tenured coaches asked of him, he did, without a public complaint, in the hopes of helping turn the team into a true contender. The team was anticipating improvement with the addition of Andrew Bynum two summers ago, but we all know how that turned out.

Thaddeus Young is signed through the 2014-15 season and has a player-option for 2015-16. (USA Today Images)

Thaddeus Young is signed through the 2014-15 season and has a player-option for 2015-16. (USA Today Images)

Considering the fact that the Sixers are using this year as a building a block, and are a few years from being contenders, it is understandable that Young is weighing his options. And he’s not getting any younger either. He knows that would be a great addition to a playoff-caliber team as a utility player. The fact that he has versatility and a selfless personality would also help him adapt nearly anywhere. There should be no hard feelings if he decides to take his potential elsewhere.

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Young certainly has trade value. He averages 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. He shoots 48.7 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from behind the arc. He has two years remaining on his contract, this season and next, and a player-option for the 2015-16 season. Young gets $8.6 million this season and the final two years of the contract, assuming he picks up his option, are worth just under $19 million.

The Sixers have lost seven games in a row, 11 out of their last 12 and 15 of their last 17. Philadelphia’s two most recent losses have been by 34 and 36 points. Their record stands at 7-19 after a surprising 3-0 start. You can understand why a player approaching his prime would want out, but it’s not clear if the request becoming public will help matters.

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The truth is, Young was likely to be traded this season regardless of a request. When the right deal presents itself, expect Hinkie and his team to take it. There is no clear spot for Young in the franchise’s future, and his versatility should net him some value, which the Sixers are stockpiling.

At this point, Young’s tenure with the Sixers appears to be approaching its conclusion. Hopefully a deal gets done sooner than later, because Young deserves a different place to play, away from this season’s Sixers.