Liberty Ballers’ Jake Fischer is reporting that a few weeks ago, Thad Young submitted a formal trade request to Sam Hinkie and Sixers management.
From the Liberty Ballers report:
“Thad is ready to leave Philly,” the source said. “He isn’t with the whole tanking thing.” The Sixers are currently last in the Atlantic Division at 7-19.
When [Young’s agent, Jim Tanner] informed Young that the Rockets had called about the tweener forward, Young grew excited about the opportunity to leave the Sixers, though he’s loved his time here. The chance to play for a contender with legitimate championship aspirations is too enticing.
“Thad is kind of anxious,” the source said Wednesday afternoon while Asik talks were still ongoing. “He just wants them to
do the trade if they are. He hates waiting. [Playing for a contender] would be great because the Sixers definitely aren’t making the playoffs this year.”
Thad had voiced some disdain to reporters after another blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and admitted that he’s been frustrated lately. “(We have) a lot of first- and second-year guys”, he noted. “And when you’re dealing with those types of (players), like I said, the frustration level does get up there because you’re not used to it. I’m used to playing with guys who are four- or five-year veterans in this league and they can play. And then you have one- or two-year guys who are fresh and trying to make a name for themselves.”
The Sixers selected Young out of Georgia Tech with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He’s been with the team for seven seasons and is currently playing under his fifth different coach.
My take: It’s understandable that Thad doesn’t want to waste away some of his best basketball on a rebuilding team. I’m surehis request will be granted before the Feb. 20 deadline — not necessarily because he wants out, but because the Sixers wanted to deal him anyways. This reported request shouldn’t change the Sixers’ plans, though it may damage his trade value.
Speculation: Sending Thad to a contender1 would make sense for all parties. Not only did Thad request to go to a winning club, but the top-tier teams may be less hesitant to cough up their future first-rounder. Houston, San Antonio and OKC are among the 14 teams eligible to trade away a 2014 first-round pick. Just sayin’.
1. As noted in Fischer’s report, Houston had called the Sixers regarding Thad before closing the Asik trade talks this afternoon.