April 15, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers small forward Thaddeus Young (21) dunks during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers Should Trade Thad Young


The Sixers have really committed to tanking. I mean, they blew up the roster and folks are saying 20 wins could happen. Jesus. And here’s Thad Young. He’s been around since 2007. He’s a veteran. I don’t know…I think he would be a little unhappy here.

I mean, the rest of the roster is made up of primarily rookies and sophomores. And please, I don’t have time for Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown. But yeah, this is a serious rebuild here. And while he could be a voice in the locker room, I think the better thing to do is to get some more young talent.

I don’t know. It just doesn’t make sense to have him. He’s not here to lose. He’s here to win. Nobody wants to play on a team like this after playing for this long. He’s entering his prime and I’m sure he doesn’t want it wasted on a team that would probably resent a tiny bit of his game if the Sixers won some extra stuff. Sam and his crew are looking to fail. Hard.

I guess I’ve been talking from a Thad point of view. I mentioned a trade so management could do something there.

Why would you keep Thad? Locker room presence. He would be a clear leader. As long as he’s not in the way of player development, it’s fine I guess. But I seriously think Thad is better off somewhere else and I think the Sixers know that and so I think he could be traded at the deadline when teams are a little more desperate and the Sixers could get a steal. If he makes it past the deadline, would he be a draft night deal? Say the Sixers are set to pick second. Would packing him and number two for the top pick happen? Hahahaha.

It’s going to be hard to see him go. Here’s a guy who was all energy all the time. Last season, and many seasons before, he would seem like the only guy who was trying in a game. And Philly fans love a guy like that. I love the guy. I think he’s better suited to do that somewhere else.

Trust me on this: You need guys like that on a contender.

If the Sixers want him to be that guy, then okay. But I don’t see it. You get Wiggins and Carter-Williams and Noel and other guys up to speed in what wold probably take at least three years. By then, Thad is 27-28. Still not old but he’s in the league for 10 years now. How’s his body doing? And his type of game involves a lot of bumping and grinding. Can he sustain that level by then?

What I’m saying is, Thad sticking around would waste everybody’s time. He won’t be as useful for the team when/if they become a powerhouse. Get some value for him now that fits your current “stock up talent” plan and set him off to where he’ll be more useful.

But hey, what do you think, Sensors? Keep Thad or trade him? Hit the comments!

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