Thaddeus Young denies making trade request. Because that’s how the game is played.
Yesterday we passed along the report that before Philadelphia had starting shopping Thaddeus Young around he had gone to the team and asked for a trade. He didn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process.
If you’ve watched how this game was played with others guys trying to get moved then you knew what was coming next — the denial that he asked to be traded.Here it is for Young, via Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.
“I just think it is funny that it is ‘sources’ that say I asked to be traded,” Young said. “I am here, ready to give 110 percent each and every game. I am ready to just play and try to win basketball games.”
There was no yes or no in his answer, so Young was asked point blank: Did he ask to be traded?
“No,” Young said. “My agent has talked to [general manager Sam Hinkie] about different situations and options. I know there have been talks about me being traded and me having a lot of frustrations, but that comes with losing basketball games. People have to realize that when you are in a losing situation like we are now, we are going to get frustrated and everyone is going to tense up a little bit. That is what has been happening.”
No doubt as long as he pulls on a Sixers uniform he will give it his all for them. That is different than wanting out, but there is a game to how that is done.
First off, a player can’t go public with a trade request lest they incur the wrath of David Stern — publicly ask for a trade and it will bring down a severe fine.
So players’ agents or others in their inner circle make the trade request known.
Look at what Young said: He rightfully can say he did not ask for a trade. Now, his agent has talked to the Sixers GM “about different situations and options” and you can bet a lot of those were trade discussions where the agent made sure what Young really wants is clearly communicated. However the player is given plausible deniability, just like a president.
I still expect you will see Young moved before the trade deadline Feb. 20. The semantics of the trade request does not matter.