The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly inquired about trading for the Cavaliers’ No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, with forward Thaddeus Young potentially part of a theoretical deal.
The Sixers hold picks Nos. 3 and 10 in the draft but are reportedly unwilling to trade both selections. They would, however, “possibly” give up the No. 3 pick along with Young, who reportedly was none too pleased about the team’s tanking of the 2013-14 season.
If the Cavaliers acquired Young, it could conceivably fill their void at small forward, but the team would then have to gamble that the player they covet at No. 1 would fall to them at No. 3. Given the Sixers’ picks and the lack of superstars that appear to be on their way to Cleveland in any ancillary deal, they make the most sense out of any logical trade partner—after all, they’d love to acquire the pick for which they spent the entire season tanking. But is what they’re offering enough?
The 25-year-old Young is under contract for $9.1 million next season and then has a player option for $9.7 million in 2015-16, so the team’s flexibility would not be impacted beyond repair. Benefitting from fast, shoddy team-wide play, Young averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (1.1) this past season. His 2.11 steals per game ranked third in the NBA and he is the first forward to average over 2.0 per game in a season since 2007-08.
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