Depending on what the Sixers do this offseason, forward Thaddeus Young said it is “a possibility” that he asks the team to trade him, writes Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com. Young is under contract next season and has a player option for 2015/16, but it would be hard to blame him for not wanting to endure another tank-fest in Philadelphia.
“I think it’s one of those things where everything has to be talked about and put on the table, and everything has to be laid on the line,” Young said.
However, as Moore points out, come June the Sixers are likely to have two top-10 picks in what many pundits consider to be a loaded draft. They also have plenty of cap room and will add Nerlens Noel to the mix next season, so it isn’t out of the question that Young’s excitement level for Philly’s future could receive a significant boost in the short term. He recently said he’s become more optimistic about the team’s potential.
Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game in his seventh season in the NBA, but had to wade through a record-tying 26-game losing streak after the Sixers front office dealt Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline. Turner and Hawes were essentially the only other notable veterans on the roster besides Young. There seems to be some discord in the Philly media regarding whether or not Young is part of the team’s future plans.