HoopsHype Thaddeus Young rumors

January 6, 2014 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young and the Golden State Warriors' David Lee today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 5. Young helped the 76ers to a 3-0 week, with all three wins coming on the road. He averaged a conference-best 25.0 points on .566 shooting from the field (ninth in the conference), 7.7 rebounds, and tied for the league lead with 3.67 steals. Young's balanced play on Jan. 2 -- 28 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists -- keyed Philadelphia's 113-104 win over the Sacramento Kings. NBA.com

January 4, 2014 Updates

As one NBA executive said recently, "Any team in the league would love to have Thaddeus Young." And that just might happen. He is the team's biggest commodity as far as trade value, and this roster undoubtedly will be turned upside down the next few years. Philadelphia Inquirer

"You play this game and you make a lot of money, but I also play this game to win games and get as great as I can at my craft," Young said. "That's what I've been trying to do since Day 1 - come in, play hard, show intensity and show improvement every year. I think I've done a pretty good job so far, especially for the situation I've been in, adapting to a different situation and going out there and being successful. I feel like I deserve to win [more], but we all know you can't win every game. We have some up seasons and we're going to have some down seasons. These past two have been down seasons, but I've been on the success end, where we've made it to the second round of the playoffs. "But the biggest success is winning a championship. As of right now, it's a rebuilding process. So it's honest when we say we're a young team and we don't have a winning record right now. We're far from being a championship team right now. What they're trying to do in this rebuilding process is get to that level, get back to the playoffs, start with baby steps. We have to take it step by step. I think that's the biggest thing and also try to win basketball games." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 27, 2013 Updates
December 23, 2013 Updates

A young power forward who could be on the market is Thaddeus Young, who is uncomfortable in the 76ers’ rebuilding plan and wants to play for a winner. Young is difficult to defend for traditional power forwards because of his quickness, but he struggles stopping bigger players. Young is signed for two more seasons with a player option in 2015-16. Boston Globe

December 21, 2013 Updates

Speaking after the morning shootaround for Friday night's Brooklyn game, Young made light of an Internet report that said he and his agent, Jim Tanner, submitted a formal trade request to Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie weeks ago. "I just think it's all funny how it's sources that say I asked to be traded," Young said. "At the end of the day, like I said, I'm here 110 percent each and every game, ready to play and just stay focused and try to win basketball games." Philadelphia Inquirer

But he did say that Tanner had a wide-ranging conversation with Hinkie that included potential trade talks and rumors involving him. "I think the biggest thing is we want to be sure what it is we are doing here," Young said. "As of right now, like I said, I'm 110 percent." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 20, 2013 Updates

Thaddeus Young denied a report that said he has requested a trade. The 76ers forward disclosed that he, his agent Jim Tanner and Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie have an open line of communication about trade requests coming from other teams, but Young said his camp has not opened the door to such dialogue. While frustration is building within a team that has lost seven games in a row, and 14 of 16 overall, Young said he has not asked to be moved by the Sixers. Sixers Dish

“I just think how it’s all funny that it’s ‘sources’ said I asked to be traded,” Young said Friday morning, after the team’s shootaround session at PCOM. “At the end of the day, I’m here 110-percent every single game to just play, stay focused and try to win basketball games.” Sixers Dish

When asked directly about the Thursday evening report, published by LibertyBallers.com, and whether he had requested a trade, Young said without hesitation, “No.” “My agent has talked to Sam about different situations and options and stuff like that. There’s been talks about me being traded and me having a lot of frustration, but that comes with losing basketball games,” Young said. “People have to realize that when you’re in a losing situation like we are now, people are going to get frustrated, people are going to tense up and that’s what’s been happening.” Sixers Dish

“To tell you the truth, I saw it, I laughed, and I started playing with my kids,” Young said. “I can’t let anything get me upset. I just have to keep playing, keep being focused and keep being the family man I am. I went back to playing with my kids. They were at home, smiling and playing, and that was happy for me.” Sixers Dish

But is it possible Young is being shopped? He said yes. "If there's something put on the table, (Hinkie) is going to listen," Young said. Young, who’s making $8.6 million this season, potentially has two years left on his deal. He’s set to earn $9.16 million next year and has a player option of $9.72 million for the 2015-16 campaign. Sixers Dish

December 19, 2013 Updates

With the Houston Rockets supposedly ending trade talks regarding disgruntled backup center Omer Asik, Liberty Ballers has learned that one of the rumored names the Sixers were dangling has asked for a trade. Thaddeus Young, having been with the Sixers his entire career, has asked Sam Hinkie for a trade. Young and his agent, Jim Tanner, submitted a formal trade request to Hinkie and the Sixers weeks ago, according to a source close to Young. "Thad is ready to leave Philly," the source said. "He isn't with the whole tanking thing." The Sixers are currently last in the Atlantic Division at 7-19. LibertyBallers.com

And while Young has appreciated his time with the team and the city, he and his family started the Young For Youth Foundation to aid and support "at-risk" children in the Philadelphia area, his time with the 76ers is certainly running out. "Playing for the Sixers is wasting a year of Thad's career," the source said. LibertyBallers.com

"Thad is kind of anxious," the source said Wednesday afternoon while Asik talks were still ongoing. "He just wants them to do the trade if they are. He hates waiting. [Playing for a contender] would be great because the Sixers definitely aren't making the playoffs this year." The Sixers drafted Young out of Georgia Tech with the 12th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Sixers then rewarded Young, viewed as a consummate pro, with a 5-year, $43 million contract in 2011 after averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 26.0 minute per game in 2010-2011. Since, Young has turned into one of the most valuable "glue-guy" players in the league for his contract and level of steady production. LibertyBallers.com

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