Young keeps mind on offseason activities, while awaiting future deal

Thaddeus Young says his teammates are 'like brothers to me.'
Thaddeus Young says his teammates are 'like brothers to me.' (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff photographer)
Posted: June 30, 2011

It didn't appear that 76ers forward Thaddeus Young had a care in the world yesterday as he oversaw his initial Thad Young Basketball Camp at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia.

The fact that he's just finished his fourth season under his fourth coach, that his contract situation is up in the air, and that the NBA might be going on a work stoppage at midnight tonight seemed distant thoughts to Young as he spoke with his 40-plus campers.

The 6-9 forward had a productive season off the bench for coach Doug Collins, averaging 12.7 points and career-highs in rebounds (5.3) and field goal percentage (.541).

Young is at ease with all that surrounds him, mostly because of Collins.

"I feel great," Young said with his trademark wide smile. "Coach is always talking to me that I'm going to be here and that they're doing their best to keep me here and they're going to do things to keep us happy, keep the team happy. It's just a matter of getting it done."

The Sixers made a qualifying offer to Young last week, which makes him a restricted free agent tomorrow. That means any team can present him an offer, which the Sixers have the right to match.

Of course, this is all subject to change as the current collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight tonight.

Young made $2.9 million this past season. It was rumored at the beginning of the season that Young's agent was looking for somewhere in the area of $11 million a year. That probably won't happen.

A more plausible salary for Young would be somewhere around $6 million to $7 million a year.

Whatever his salary, Young hopes to continue playing in Philly.

"I love the city, I love the atmosphere, I love our motto "Show Ya Luv." I just love the team. They're like brothers to me; it's the first team I've ever been on, the team that drafted me, and I think something really good is about to happen. Coach Collins is that coach. I think he is the guy who can actually take us to the next level."

Collins said last week that he and his assistant coaches were going to travel the country to meet with each player before the potential lockout begins, to get everyone on the same page. If there is a lockout, Collins will not be permitted to have contact with his players. He and Young have already met.

"We had our meeting together on Monday, and it was great. He asked me what I was doing and how I was doing; how much have I been doing and what I should do and what I shouldn't do. He told me to have patience throughout this whole situation. We're going to get something done, we just don't know when."

For now, Young keeps himself occupied with the two AAU teams he sponsors in Memphis, getting in his workouts in Memphis, Houston and New Orleans, the three cities he has been frequenting since the end of the season, and taking care of the camp in King of Prussia.

"This is definitely something that I want to do, and have year to year," Young said of the camp. "It's a good turnout and it's great to be here."

He was talking about the camp, but you could tell he was also alluding to Philadelphia.

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