If you are looking for Sixers info, we’re here to help. A little.
Sixers CEO Adam Aron swung on by CSNPhilly.com for the Lunch Break segment and let out a few details. Like if you were a better man you might bet on Jan. 6 being the first Philly home game (which is tough, the Sixers spend the first couple weeks of the season on the road). If you’re looking for free agent insights, this may not be the video for you.
Aron also talks about the mascots. We’ll let you make your own decisions on those. We don’t want to color your opinion.
If you are a general manager looking for a guy to gamble on in this free agency period, Thaddeus Young might be the call.
He is 22, can play either forward spot, is an athletic slasher with the ball and can finish around the rim, last season showed more mature selection, plus he can defend. He took a step forward last year as the Philadelphia sixth man and he was one reason they made the playoffs. There’s reasons PBT had him No. 5 on our top free agents list, even though he is restricted.
The Sixers extended a $3.9 million qualifying offer to Young and can match any offer that comes in for him. But they are worried about keeping him, tweets Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Hearing the Sixers are very nervous about someone swooping in with a big offer for Thaddeus Young. Young’s stock soared last season.
The Sixers are just under the salary cap right now at $54 million, so they have some room to match an offer to Young, they will not go that far to do it. He’s a guy the Sixers want back but they have other priorities.
Young has said he wants to stay with the Sixers, but if a big offer rolls in….
This is a guy to watch — some team with cap space and in need of a forward may well make a run at him. And it would be a smart risk.
We brought the story last month of how Julius Erving was having some financial challenges due to some failed investments, and on an unrelated note happened to be having a lot of his memorabilia auctioned off. “Unrelated” is the official story, choose to believe what seems logical to you.
Turns out there is a real demand for Dr. J memorabilia — the auction raised $3.5 million, reports the Philly News (via Ball Don’t Lie). The biggest price paid: $460,471 for Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring.
But what also was impressive was who was doing the buying. There was this tweet from Sixers CEO Adam Aron:
Good. Dr. J needed some help and the Sixers and its fans stepped up and helped (and got some merchandise in the process). Everybody wins. So kind of the opposite of the lockout. We could use some stories like that.