Over the past few weeks there have been rumors suggesting that the Philadelphia 76ers could trade Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Anthony Bennett.
Of course, the T’Wolves don’t even have Bennett on their roster as of yet as they’ve yet to complete their trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Bennett along with Andrew Wiggins in exchange for Kevin Love.
That deal is expected to go down in a matter of days though some believe the T’Wolves prefer to keep Bennett and not trade him for Thaddeus Young. Whatever the case, it’s still expected that Young will be moved by the Philadelphia 76ers before the February trade deadline given his contractual status.
I expect another year of tanking from the 76ers and it seems like a Thaddeus Young trade is inevitable. Like Rondo, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer and there’s no way he would re-sign with Philly. He’ll likely be moved before the deadline for young players and/or draft picks.
With an extremely young team there’s no reason for the Sixers to keep Young so a move is completely understandable. As to the type of return they’ll get, that remains a question mark. They’ll obviously be looking for some type of youth but with his pending free agency, they aren’t going to be able to secure themselves a massive haul. That will hold especially true if they don’t move him until February as he’ll become nothing more than a rental.
Still, it’s clear that Young’s time with the Sixers is coming to a close.