With the trade deadline of February 20th quickly approaching, it’s hard for both Sixers fans and players to ignore the trade rumors that have been circulating. With the Sixers not playing badly enough for general manager Sam Hinkie’s analytics plan to be perfectly made into a reality, expect some selling at the trade deadline.
As was reported by Liberty Ballers a few weeks ago, Philadelphia Sixers forward Thaddeus Young put in a formal request for a trade. Young is averaging career highs in minutes (33.5), points (17.3), rebounds (6.4), and assists (1.8) per game, and it seems as if Thad might have hit his peak with the Sixers.
While Young is one of the Sixers most consistent players, he is more of a sixth man option as opposed to starter on most teams. I believe the Sixers are better off dealing Young now while his value is high, and letting him contribute to a championship contending team. In any trade, the Sixers would be able to acquire a valuable draft pick in a very good upcoming draft, as well as earn valuable cap space.
Young still has two years and nearly $20 million left on his current contract, so the Sixers don’t necessarily need to move on from Thad now, but it is hard to envision a scenario where his trade value gets any higher than it currently is.
Along with Young, the Sixers are also reportedly looking into moving both Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner before the deadline. The catch? They may want to package them to ensure numerous draft picks in return.
Per another Liberty Ballers report, sources have expressed that the Sixers are looking into trading Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes as a package. Hawes is putting up career numbers in points per game (14.1) as well as three point percentage (.413%), and has an expiring contract at the end of the season. Hawes could be an extremely valuable backup big man to a title contender, as he brings size, and an ability to drain long-range shots.
As of right now, Turner doesn’t have the highest trade value in the world due to his inconsistent first half. The Sixers may view moving Turner for value as easier, if he is paired with another player who’s trade stock is rising.
If Hinkie decides to pull the trigger on a deal right before the trade deadline, I’d expect Turner and Hawes to go first. With Nerlens Noel returning from an ACL injury and Turner and Hawes both having an expiring contracts, neither appear to fit in the Sixers’ future plans.
It seems smarter to move those two and stash away draft picks, than to let them waste away the remainder of a valuable season in their careers with a team that has no shot at winning anything this season.