Three Potential Trade Destinations For Thaddeus Young
Even though the trade talks for forward Thad Young have calmed down in recent weeks, the Philadelphia 76ers are in full on rebuilding mode and one has to think that they will capitalize on the disgruntled stars request for a trade and gain some assets in the process.
The budding star is having the best season of his career, putting up over 17 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and nearly two steals per contest. What’s more impressive than his on-court production, however, is his collected demeanor in interviews and out in the public. After quietly requesting a trade from the Sixers, Young has been a model citizen, showing maturity and class beyond his years.
This kind of demeanor and production is exactly what teams look for in a star, and these three teams are franchises that may pull the trigger and be the change of scenery Young has been searching for.
1. Phoenix Suns
If Thad Young is destined to be traded, it will be tough to compete with the Phoenix Suns if they choose to engage in a bidding war. Phoenix boasts a roster full of talented young pieces, a slew of picks in the next two seasons, a ton of cap space, and a general manager in Ryan McDonough who has the ability to pull off the trade.
If Young is looking for a team to latch onto and turn into a contender, the Suns have to be considered one of his prime destinations. Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe provide a one-two punch at guard that may be the best in the league, and have two talented young bigs in Alex Len and Miles Plumlee. The addition of Young may push this team over the edge, allowing them to become a legitimate threat in the playoffs as early as this season.
2. Detroit Pistons
Let me just say right off the bat that Josh Smith is not a small forward. Despite everyone but Josh Smith knowing that, the Detroit Pistons have an overloaded front court and it is allowing Smith the free reign to take all the cringe worthy jump shots his heart desires. The Pistons have two fantastic young centers in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond to go along with Smith, and one of them has to go if Smith is to regain his form and become a productive member of Detroit’s offense.
Enter Thad Young, who despite being a natural power forward could make the switch to small forward and bring balance on a very much imbalanced Pistons team. A young center is not needed on the Sixers, but a three-team trade could solve Detroit’s problems if executed well.
3. Houston Rockets
This one is pretty simple. The Philadelphia 76ers want Omer Asik. The Houston Rockets want Thaddeus Young. The 76ers may not believe this to be a fair trade off, but if Young truly doesn’t want to be a part of Philly’s rebuilding efforts, it’s better than nothing.
Omer Asik would be a good teacher for rookie center Nerlens Noel, who is extremely talented but very raw. It normally takes a few years before big men makes the transition from college to the pros, and Asik would be the perfect stop-gap in that time span. With that being said, the Rockets may want to think about including another asset or two in this trade, or they may be on the outside looking in when the trade talks for Thaddeus Young heat up again.