Does Thaddeus Young Have a Future in Philadelphia 76ers Rebuild?
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It was only a month ago when Young was a member of Philadelphia's young, talented squad. Fast forward to now, and he is still a member of the team's young talent, but there just happens to be fewer men in that category of players.
Jrue Holiday's departure was the beginning of Young's potential end. His future needs to be decided on as soon as possible, and if the Sixers are smart, they'll part ways with him.
Now, I'm not going to lie. I have jumped back and forth on whether or not Philadelphia should look into trading Young.
It just so happens my mind is now set on moving him somewhere else.
The advantage to keeping him isn't hard to find. He is one of the more versatile small forwards in the NBA, and no, that is not an exaggeration. Young found a way to successfully defend power forwards during the entire 2012-13 season. Offensively, he was able to score 14.8 points per game while rarely getting any sets called for him.
Good luck finding many other players with the ability to do that.
Unfortunately, this might be the wrong time for the Sixers to have a player of Young's skill level. If you were wondering, yes, that did feel ridiculous to type. Still, though, take a look at Philadelphia's rebuilding strategy, and ask yourself if he fits in as a part of it.
The Sixers are looking at a minimum of three years before they become a postseason-worthy team again. If we break down Philly's strategy of building up its team with draft picks and unproven talent, we can see how having a couple of talented players might throw things off.
On top of that, if we go off of the three-year timeline, it would make Young 28 years old by the time Philadelphia became relevant again. The Sixers are obviously going to be looking to contend for a championship at some point, and if they are good enough, then they'll probably have to add a couple of more years on top of it all.
To make a long story shorter, Young will most likely be a 30-year-old by the time the Sixers get ready for the big show.
Not necessarily the most promising statement.
What is the point in paying Young big money for the team to only be ready to be something special after he has passed his prime? To be honest, there is not really much of one.
Philadelphia is going to take some shots if the team is wanting to get to the top. Adopting a strategy of losing in order to be better in the future isn't on the glamorous side of things, but it is what needs to take place at this point in time.
Should Thaddeus Young be a part of Philadelphia's future?
It isn't a comfortable situation, but Young is a victim of circumstance. It's in the best interest of both parties to split ways now and not to look back.
If the Sixers are looking for a high-character guy who is talented, unselfish and plays hard, then keeping Young would be the correct move. He might even be able to provide veteran leadership down the road.
But if Philadelphia wants to completely overhaul the team and go into full rebuilding mode, then finding a suitor for Young is the team's next move.
That is the beautiful thing, too. Finding somebody interested in acquiring him won't be too hard. The Sixers might even get a good amount of value for him.
Young has been nothing but great in his time with Philadelphia, but his future should take place somewhere else.
As hard as that is to say.
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