Thad Young on potential trade: 'I know nothing'

Thad Young on potential trade: 'I know nothing'
August 8, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Rumors and reports indicate the Sixers will trade Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for Anthony Bennett. (USA Today Images)

Thaddeus Young has heard the rumors about being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Friday morning, Young could not say whether or not the reports were true.

"I know nothing as of right now," Young said at his annual basketball camp in King of Prussia. "I have seen stories, but as of right now I haven't heard anything. My focus is not on that. It is here at this camp with my son and the rest of the kids at the camp."

For the past couple of weeks, Young's name has come up in speculation regarding the deal that would send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that a Love-to-Cleveland deal was all but official. The Cavs will send the T-wolves No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, last year's top pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 protected first-rounder, but it can't be completed until Aug. 23 because of rules involving Wiggins' rookie deal. Wiggins can't be moved until 30 days after he signed his initial contract.

That deal, however, does not involve the Sixers. Yet presumably after moving Love, a three-time All-Star, the Timberwolves see Young as a player who could fill his void.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Sixers still plan on shipping Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Young spoke with his agent, Jim Tanner, who also had not heard anything from the Sixers as of Friday morning.

Young was asked to reflect on his seven years playing for the team that selected him 12th overall in the 2007 draft.

"I still don't know if I am leaving Philadelphia," Young said. "This city has helped me grow and become the basketball player I am today. They let me know when I am doing bad, and they let me know when I am doing well. This city has made me stronger as a basketball player."

Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points last season and pulled in 6.0 rebounds. He also worked on his outside shot, leading to a career-best 90 made three-pointers on 30.8 percent shooting.

Despite his individual success, Young struggled to accept the Sixers' losing 63 games in 2014.

"It is one of those situations where you just go with the flow and have to continue to play and be a professional no matter what is going on," Young said. "The biggest thing for me is, I don't want to lose. I don't know how to lose, and I will go out there and continue to play as hard as I can and try to help my team win games. That is what has kept me focused the last couple years."

Young will head out of town this weekend not knowing if, when he returns, he'll be packing his belongings and beginning a new stage in his NBA career.

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