"Playing for the Sixers is wasting a year of Thad's career."
That's what an anonymous source told Jake Fischer of LibertyBallers.com, referring to Thaddeus Young's current season with the Philadelphia 76ers. While the forward continues to put up solid numbers, he's playing for a team that is sinking closer and closer to the very bottom of the NBA standings.
When you get a quote like that, not much is left to the imagination. It's pretty clear that Young isn't happy if that's how he feels, and it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that he's formally requested a trade away from The City of Brotherly Love.
Fischer's source also revealed that Young "isn't with the whole tanking thing" and "hates waiting."
Update: Friday, December 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Young has denied asking for a trade, according to CSN Philly's Dei Lynam:
I just think it is funny that it is 'sources' that say I asked to be traded. I am here, ready to give 110 percent each and every game. I am ready to just play and try to win basketball games.
--End of update--
The Georgia Tech product has cooled down after a hot start to the season—kind of like the Sixers as a whole—but he's still averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field.
There's no doubt that he could be a solid complementary piece on a contending team, especially if the newfound abilities to hit shots from the perimeter aren't just a massive mirage. On top of that, Young is no stranger to the trade rumors, as he was viewed as a central figure in the endless Omer Asik trade rumors:
But those never came to fruition, and it's becoming quite clear that Young isn't just going to be a character in the Asik saga; he'll be part of his own now that he's reached the boiling point with his team.
According to The Times Herald's Christopher A. Vito, Young expressed frustration with the situation he was in, pointing toward the youthfulness and inexperience of his teammates:
(We have) a lot of first- and second-year guys 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.
It doesn't sound like this is going to have a happy end for Young and the Sixers' relationship. Either he's going to remain stuck on the roster and become yet another disgruntled player in the Association, or he'll force his way out of Philadelphia.
B/R's Zach Buckley recently ranked Young as the No. 7 most attractive trade target in the NBA, but his value could go down if he leaves the Sixers with no option besides trading him. This rebuilding/tanking team can't afford to have something like that happen.
For Sam Hinkie's turnaround plan to work in speedy fashion, the Sixers have to maximize the value of each and every asset.
Young is certainly an asset, but he doesn't appear to be a particularly happy one at the moment.