Despite a Liberty Ballers report that Thaddeus Young asked the Sixers to trade him as far back as November, Young’s play hasn’t declined. In fact, Young may be playing the best basketball of his career, which couldn’t have been on better display than when his 30 points, six rebounds, and three steals, led the Sixers to a 101-99 win over western-conference leading Portland Trail Blazers last night.
Young playing this well does one positive thing for both the Sixers and Young–brings his trade value to a peak. And a team that is one of the biggest surprises of the NBA, could be willing to make a deal for Thad, per Liberty Ballers’ Jake Fischer.
Source: One team very interested in #Sixers forward Thad Young? Phoenix. Suns have 4 extra first round picks over next two NBA Drafts.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) January 5, 2014
The Suns will have four first-round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, which NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper has reported they are willing to trade for “an established star capable of making an impact now”.
The Suns have a first-round pick from Indiana (a top-14 protected draft pick), that will almost certainly going to be a late first-round pick. The Suns have a pick from Washington (a top-12 protected pick), that would be a mid-first round pick if the season ends today. I’m still not completely sold that the Wizards couldn’t end up picking in the top-12, which would mean the Sixers would end up with a 2015 first-round pick instead, assuming the Wizards don’t end up in the top-12 again. They also own a pick from the Timberwolves ( a top-13 protected pick), that would be just outside the top 13 picks if the season ended today. Essentially, the risk involved with these three picks turn me off.
The one pick that is guaranteed, is the Suns original first-round pick, which is interesting. If the season ended today, the picking would be in the low-20’s. This pick might be the second lowest of any of the four that you could get from the Suns, but it is the only one that is guaranteed to be in the 2014 NBA Draft. I like guaranteed, and as impressive as Eric Bledsoe has been this season, I’d still be surprised if the Suns made the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference.
So if you are able to get that pick, and one of the protected ones for Young, I do it. Certainly, there might be another team that can give you a slightly better pick for Young, but can they give you two picks that could potentially be in the same year?
I know the Suns also have four first-rounders in 2015’s NBA draft, so maybe moving Young for the guaranteed picks in each of the next two seasons, would be the best the Sixers could do. I’m not sure if the Suns would be willing to do that, but if anything, you need to make sure you get at least one pick in this years’ stacked draft, and then maybe you can take a risk on a protected pick in either this year or next year’s draft.
The Sixers already own two first-round picks in this years’ draft, and it would be most beneficial for the long-term success of this franchise, to look at moving Young, along with Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, and continuing to build on your young core with four or five picks in this years’ draft.