While Thaddeus Young has denied making a trade request to Sixers brass, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports hears that’s not exactly the case. The forward has made a “soft request” to get moved before the upcoming February trade deadline.
Young hasn’t really “pushed the button” for a trade demand, Spears says, which could explain the 25-year-old denying that he has asked out of Philadelphia. Young isn’t overly enthused about the Sixers’ rebuilding process and while he plans to play hard and be respectful, he would like to elsewhere and play for a winner. In Spears’ view, Young is as good as gone.
The 6’8″ forward is averaging a career high 16.8 PPG with 6.7 RPG in 33.1 minutes per contest. His PER of 17.2 is down slightly from his previous three seasons, but the former No. 12 overall pick is still a strong athlete and a capable scorer that most contenders would love to add.
Young might not be the only one on the move, of course. Evan Turner could also be moved before the trade deadline and while he seems like the type of player a young club would like to build around, the Philly front office might have different ideas for how they want to move forward.