Sixers Notes: Sixers' Young denies he asked for trade

Posted: December 22, 2013

76ers forward Thaddeus Young, the subject of trade rumors, said Friday he has not asked the team to deal him.

Speaking after the morning shootaround for Friday night's Brooklyn game, Young made light of an Internet report that said he and his agent, Jim Tanner, submitted a formal trade request to Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie weeks ago.

"I just think it's all funny how it's sources that say I asked to be traded," Young said. "At the end of the day, like I said, I'm here 110 percent each and every game, ready to play and just stay focused and try to win basketball games."

But he did say that Tanner had a wide-ranging conversation with Hinkie that included potential trade talks and rumors involving him.

"I think the biggest thing is we want to be sure what it is we are doing here," Young said. "As of right now, like I said, I'm 110 percent."

However, the Sixers are entertaining trade discussions about him, and maybe swingman Evan Turner and center Spencer Hawes as well.

One recent trade rumor involved Young being shipped to Houston in exchange for disgruntled center Omer Asik.

The Sixers (7-19) take a seven-game losing streak into Friday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center. They have yielded a combined 42 three-pointers in their last two losses to Portland (139-105) and the Nets (130-94).

"I know that there's been some talks about me being traded," Young said, "and me having a lot of frustration. . . . But that comes with losing basketball games.

"People have to realize when you are in a losing situation like we are now, people are going to get frustrated."

In his seventh NBA season - all with the Sixers - Young was averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.35 steals going into Friday's game.

Young is under contact for another season and has a player option for the 2015-16 campaign. But after Hinkie's conversations with Tanner, Young said, he realizes time in Philadelphia could be short.

His agent is "exploring a lot of options," Young said.


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