HoopsHype Thaddeus Young rumors

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He also intimated that a fat contract extension might help him endure more seasons of insignificance, since he and his family have become well-settled in Philadelphia during his seven NBA seasons. Young is under contract for next season, which is certain to be another 6 months of building and learning and losing, but he can opt out the following season; in fact, he wielded that option like a theatrical dagger. "Anything's a possibility. I have a player option next year. I could ask to be traded. I could say, 'I'm all for it, I want to stick around,' " Young said. "I have to put my GM hat on . . . I've had five coaches, four GMs and two ownership groups . . . I just want to win . . . I just want to see how this draft plays out . . . It depends on where we're going and what we're trying to do . . . I'm 26 [in June]. After next season, I'll be 27. A player hits his prime in certain points of his career." Philadelphia Inquirer

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While dealing with so much change – like five coaches in his seven pro seasons – Young would like one thing to stay the same. Namely, he’d appreciate Sixers coach Brett Brown continuing to give him the freedom to roam near the 3-point line. “I think I was capable of it before,” Young said after Tuesday’s practice. “It was just one of those things where I’ve always been a player where, when a coach needs something or asks me to do something, I go out there and do it. I fulfill a job. “With Coach (Doug) Collins, he didn’t want me shooting a lot of 3s. He wanted me in the paint, getting extra possessions, hustling, make open shots. He told me actually, ‘Treat the 3-point line like a barbed-wire fence.’ I didn’t like that at all, but I went out there and fulfilled the job. This year, Brett said to me he wanted me to step out and shoot 3s, to put the ball on the floor, get to the basket, and do everything. I was like, ‘Perfect. I can get back to playing how I was before Coach Collins, before Eddie Jordan.’ My first two years in the league were free-flowing.” Sixers Dish

March 31, 2014 Updates

It can't be stated enough - and probably hasn't been - what a professional Thaddeus Young has been during this debacle of a season. While the losses have mounted, Young's intensity has never waned. He has been the perfect role model for this young team, particularly for MCW and Wroten, who will probably be here during the growing pains that will certainly surround this team for at least next season, and perhaps for a few more after that. "I don't know what's going to happen at the end of the season, we'll just have to wait and see," said Young recently. "But at the end of the day they showed me respect by keeping me here and asking me to be the leader of this young team. That means a lot. I don't know what the future holds, but right now my job is to be the player that leads by example and I'm always going to do that, no matter what the circumstances are." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 28, 2014 Updates

"It's definitely tough taking . . . loss after loss," said Thaddeus Young, whose team is a game behind the Milwaukee Bucks (14-58) in the race for the NBA's worst record and a better chance in the draft lottery. "But it's just one of those situations where you have to keep continuing to play." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 27, 2014 Updates

At one point Young thought he might be Leonard’s teammate. He said was aware of the rumors that had him being traded to the Spurs (Young and Duncan share the same agent). Young said he would have embraced the move, as winning is the only thing on his mind. “You know, it’s a great opportunity,” Young said. “I’m one of those guys that just want to win. … We play the game and make a lot of money, but this is our career and me personally, I want to win. I want to play for a winning team, I want to win a championship. … At the end day, right now, the trade deadline is over and I’m just trying to develop guys and rebuild the culture.” San Antonio Express-News

Asked if he’s thought about this offseason, and the possibility that he name will again surface in trade rumors, Young said he hasn’t thought about it. But when he was asked again about joining Leonard in San Antonio, he smiled saying: “It can happen. Like I said, I can play with anybody.” San Antonio Express-News

March 26, 2014 Updates

He said was aware of the rumors that had him being traded to the Spurs (Young and Duncan share the same agent). Young said he would have embraced the move, as winning is the only thing on his mind. “You know, it’s a great opportunity,” Young said. “I’m one of those guys that just want to win. … We play the game and make a lot of money, but this is our career and me personally, I want to win. I want to play for a winning team, I want to win a championship. … At the end day, right now, the trade deadline is over and I’m just trying to develop guys and rebuild the culture.” San Antonio Express-News

Asked if he’s thought about this offseason, and the possibility that he name will again surface in trade rumors, Young said he hasn’t thought about it. But when he was asked again about joining Leonard in San Antonio, he smiled saying: “It can happen. Like I said, I can play with anybody.” San Antonio Express-News

March 22, 2014 Updates

Young is the odd man out. He was the player left behind by the Sixers, who sent away Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen Feb. 20 in trade deadline deals. Young has been told that the Sixers want him around as they rebuild the franchise. He is under contract through next season, during which he’ll earn $9.16 million. He also holds a player option for the 2015-16 season worth $9.72 million, which he could decline if he’d prefer to leave the Sixers in favor of signing with a contending team. “It’s a lot of money to leave on the table. At the end of the day, I’m not a guy that spends a lot of money. It’s definitely a card that can be played,” Young said Friday, before the Sixers hosted New York. “That depends on many different factors. Obviously, I want to win. Obviously, I want to be winning on a championship team. At the end of the day, like I said, it’s a card that could be played. “Right now, I’m not even thinking about playing that card. I’m just thinking about finishing this season off and getting into the summer and enjoying my family and getting back next year and being ready.” Delaware County Daily Times

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Young is approaching the final 22 games in much the same way he played before he signed a five-year, $43 million contract in December 2011. "I just took it as going out there and playing and focusing in and me doing the job and the task at hand," he said. "I didn't look at it as I was auditioning or anything like that. "It crosses your mind. But at the end of the day, you have to just play basketball and things will work out." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Young doesn't hide on or off the court. Thursday's trades that sent away fellow starters Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes left him as the elder statesman of the team, and the lone remaining vet left to endure what is sure to be gut-wrenching end of the season. "This situation, I don't know how much worse it can get, but there's a lot of great guys in this locker room who can play," he said dutifully. "Hopefully, we can just go out there and get better as a team and continue to play hard." Philadelphia Inquirer

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