Since the beginning of the season, it’s been widely known around the league that the Sixers’ veteran trio of Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young were all available in trade as the team began its rebuilding process.
Turner was involved in the biggest deal of the day, getting sent to a Pacers team with the best record in the East in exchange for Danny Granger. Hawes was similarly shipped out of town, albeit to the mess of a team that is the Cavaliers.
Young, however, remained the lone veteran on the roster. While being professional when asked about the situation, he clearly would rather have been part of a deadline deal than be forced to finish out the season as Philadelphia develops its younger players.
From Bob Cooney of Philly.com:
“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.” …
“I am not going to lie, a little bit,” he said of feeling left out on trade day. “Certain things don’t always happen in your favor or it doesn’t happen the way everybody else thinks it should play out. It’s been a very tough year so far, but you try to make the best of the situation.”
Young has had a solid season, posting averages of 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per contest. His contract number isn’t unreasonable for a productive big man, but it is for $9.4 and $9.9 million over the next two seasons.
With so many teams wanting to maintain future flexibility with their salary cap, the two seasons guaranteed (though Young can opt out of the second year in 2015-16 if he chooses) might have scared teams away. But plenty of deals will be made leading up to this summer’s draft, and then again surrounding free agency in July.
if the Sixers throw in one of their seemingly endless stash of future second round picks, they may find a taker for Young at some point before next year.