Prior to the Elfrid Payton for Dario Saric trade (read the full details of that here), Michael Carter-Williams was interviewed on ESPN, and wondered whether or not he could be on the move. As it turned out, Carter-Williams’ future in Philly is safe, at least for now. The future of Thaddeus Young-who has been rumored in draft trades for the past month-doesn’t appear to be so clear.
According to Jake Fischer of Slam Magazine, the Sixers tried to move Young to get the Magic’s first-round pick next season.
Per a source, Sixers offered Elfrid Payton and Thaddeus Young for Dario Saric and Orlando’s 2015 first round pick before it was denied.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 27, 2014
You would have to think that the Sixers wanted to get a 2015 top-five protected pick like they got from the Pelicans last year, rather than a lottery protected pick, that they might not see for a few seasons. The Magic likely balked at that idea, and looking at how it turned out for the Pelicans, it isn’t hard to see why. Ending up landing a first-round pick at all, and a second-rounder, it isn’t like the Sixers lost out.
As for Thad, it’s hard to see a scenario where he comes back next year after all of this. But the Sixers do have a minimum salary requirement as well, so it is going to be hard to move him for a young player. Carlos Boozer coming to Philly feels like it could be in the cards, but that’s just speculation.