Thaddeus Young went from one rebuild to another.
The 26-year-old, who was dealt to the Timberwolves on Aug. 23 in a three-team deal, is with a new organization in a similar situation as the Sixers. Except, it may be somewhat different. The Sixers are in the beginning stages of rebuilding, whereas the Timberwolves may be on a higher floor in their reconstruction, according to Young.
"I think the situation in Philly is much different," Young said in a Q&A with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, via ProBasketballTalk. "It’s the same process, but this team is much more competitive and it’s a better roster. Philly, they were getting rid of everybody and getting worse. But I think [Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie] is doing a great job and has made some big moves."
Young mentioned the better roster, which includes 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, 2014 No. 13 overall pick Zach LaVine, as well as point guard Ricky Rubio.
"It was one of those things that was bittersweet," Young said of being traded. "It was a sad moment but a happy moment. I have a chance to come to a fairly good team. We lost Kevin Love, but we added four guys -- Zach [LaVine], Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and me. This is a great chance for us to make some noise. We’re young and athletic. We also have Ricky Rubio, Corey Brewer, Kevin Martin and Pek [Nikola Pekovic]. A lot of good guys on the team."
Hinkie discussed the trade over a conference call last week. He had nothing but praise for Young.
"During all of my time here he really was a day-to-day pro and something that's really, really appreciated,” Hinkie said. “You don't say that very much, but I don't think you find people like Thad very much. He's straight down the middle, he's professional, he loves his wife, he's close to his kids, and he surrounds himself with great people.”
Young now surrounds himself with a new team and a new future.