Jan 21, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) defends during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rumor: San Antonio Spurs pursuing Thaddeus Young


There has been no doubt heading toward the trade deadline, that three Sixers’ veterans are being made available to the team offering the best deal. Those three are swingman Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and the most valuable being Thaddeus Young. While it was thought that the Spurs were intrigued by the thought of bringing Turner to San Antonio, Sam Amico of Fox Sports reported that the storied franchise would love to bring Young aboard if the two sides could agree on a reasonable deal.

It should come as no surprise that Gregg Popovich’s squad is looking to add depth to their front line as well as a younger, more energetic body to their rotation. Young is also known across the league as one of the hardest working, most intelligent players on the block.

Eliot Shore-Parks of NJ.com speculated on what type of deal San Antonio may be able to offer Sam Hinkie in order to pry away one of the hottest commodities in the Association.

While it is common knowledge that the Sixers won’t take on any big contracts in a trade, it remains uncertain what it would take for them to feel comfortable moving Thaddeus.

Shore-Parks mentions two potential deals that the Spurs could offer in order to land Young, the first one being Boris Diaw, his expiring contract, and Kawhi Leonard.

Sixers’ fans would have to be ecstatic if Hinkie could land this deal. Leonard is known as one of the best up-and-coming players in basketball today, and it has also been rumored that the Spurs would be willing to move him if the right deal came along.

The second deal that Shore-Parks mentions is three-point specialist Danny Green and Diaw. Green has two years remaining on his deal but is owed just $3.7 million. With the Sixers’ three-point shooting the way that it is, this deal would make sense for both sides. While most would prefer Leonard over Green any day of the week, there is no indication on whether or not Thaddeus Young would be enough for the Spurs to move their young small forward.

Rumors have the Sixers in search of a late first-round pick in exchange for Evan Turner, but it is unlikely that Hinkie would let go of their unquestioned leader for such an unknown.

Regardless, it appears as though not only may Turner and Hawes be on the move, but Young may have played his last game in a Sixers’ uniform as well. When the rumor surfaced about Young requesting a trade months ago, it seemed apparent that the veteran forward was sick of losing and wanted to play for a contender. If Hinkie can work some more of his magic, this deal could be ideal for all parties involved, except those of the players coming to Tankadelphia from a team in serious contention.

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