Sam Amico writes ...
Philadelphia is apparently testing the market to see what it can get for Thaddeus Young. The 76ers like the reserve forward, but feel they could get a mid-first rounder for him and/or shore up the center position.
As I wrote earlier this month, trading Thaddeus Young would benefit the Sixers on several levels. They'd be selling him when his stock's as high as it's ever been, alleviating themselves of a difficult decision this summer when Thad becomes a restricted free agent, and hopefully filling a need.
As good as Young has been for the Sixers off the bench this season, he's more of a luxury than necessity. If the Sixers' front office were able to swing him for the interior defender they're desperately missing – whether it be a younger guy like Marcin Gortat, or a grizzled vet like Marcus Camby – I'd consider it a win. In my mind, Thad's an expiring contract, and nothing good will come from him finishing the season a Sixer. He'll either walk, leaving the Sixers with nothing but memories, or the Sixers will sign him to an unwarranted extension.
If there's any truth to rumor, I applaud the Sixers front office for recognizing the situation and at least attempting to make the right move.