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Lakers Rumors: Thaddeus Young And 10th Pick A Possible Trade Scenario?

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As the Los Angeles Lakers head into next week’s NBA Draft, the possibilities of what the team might do are endless. They could always remain at seven where someone like Marcus Smart or Julius Randle would likely be available.

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But with the Lakers having such a a bare roster, the opportunity to add numerous pieces could be something the team is interested in. One possibility, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, could involve moving down and acquiring forward Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers:

Another possible scenario for the Sixers is to try to package Young and No. 10 to get a higher lottery pick. One potential scenario is with the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to add young veterans to pair with Kobe Bryant and might be willing to move down a few spots to get one.

Something like that would have to intrigue the Lakers. Young has proven himself to be a very solid contributor in seven years in the NBA, and he turns only 26 years old tomorrow.

The Lakers could still possibly grab someone like Aaron Gordon, Nik Stauskas, or Elfrid Payton — all of whom will be working out for with the Lakers today with the 10th pick.

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Of course, this is only speculation, but Young represents the type of player the Lakers are looking to add. If the team could come out of the draft with two young contributors instead of one, that would have to be considered a successful day.
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  • vdogg

    i wouldn’t mind this happening, but if it does.. i certainly don’t want nick stauskus to be selected at 10. if we acquire young and the #10 pick, then it’s all about elfrid payton.

    • karasoon4

      I agree…. assuming Sacramento doesn’t nab him at 8! I’m reading they are really interested in him. Then again, if Smart is available to them at 8, then we can grab Payton. This trade possibility sounds a bit enticing to me!

    • LAstory

      Payton is relentless on defense!!

  • Clint

    Fuck no.Why should the Lakers take on the hefty contract of Thad Young?Honestly he padded his stats just like Evan Turner and he is undersized and a slender build with terrible rebounding and poor work ethic a big loser in the win loss column during his less than impressive career,no offense to Thad Young he just isn’t a player i like for the Lakers.You guys will regret it.

    Drafting in the top 7 is pure bliss in a draft like this.Marcus Smart,Julius Randle,Noah Vonleh,Joel Embiid yes that’s too good to pass up in this draft for say Gary Harris or Nick Stauskas or Dario Saric.Please keep the #7 pick and draft the best player available.

    • Joshua Duenas

      Thad Young scares me, I completely agree he may be like Evan Turner. I think the really good players are 1-7. I don’t want them getting reaches like Nick Stauakas, or Garry Harris.

  • TheTruthKills

    Tempting. Thad Young is a solid combo forward, but he’s going to be due over $18 million over the next 2 years. I don’t know if he’s worth it though. I’d rather just trade down with Charlotte or Phoenix for their 2 draft picks.

    • SD

      He has an ETO. Seems a good chance to opt out after this upcoming season. Lakers are going to have to spend money regardless for this next season. We can’t expect all the players to play on the min. salary. Why not get a young vet, (25) who’s shown promise and a draft pick. In this draft, there’s great value in the first round.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Id Pull The Trigger! Then Go after Lowry, &Deng! Id Also Go After Isiaiah Thomas&Resign Nick, Bazemore, Henry, Hill, Farmar&Gasol!
    Starters:Lowry Kobe Deng Young Gasol

    • LAstory

      Lowry maybe headed to Miami or stay in Toronto with both teams paying him more than 3 yrs 21 mil…. Deng and his agent came out yesterday and said they are looking for 12million year which is lower than he initially wanted which was 15 million. at 29 years old Nick will be looking for a 4/5 year deal in the 21million range …

      • Guest

        nick wont be available cause he getting traded with our pick for thaddeus

        • buke

          Nick Young played with the Sixers two years ago. As a Sixers fan myself, I don’t think getting him again would be viewed favorably by the fan base.

        • LAstory

          He cant be traded he’s an unrestricted free agent.

        • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

          But Is Nick Signed??

      • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

        Well Nick Said He Would Be Willing To Take A Paycut&Deng Osnt Worth 12 A Year, Maybe 9 or 10! But They Can always Give Nick a 4yr 16mil Deal or 5yr20mil! Lakers Can Trade Their Pick &Nash To Philly For MCW&Thadd Young, Or Thadd Young&The 10th Pick(elfrid payton)

    • Terrence

      I’d rather have Gortat than Gasol at this point in their careers.

      • jeremy

        ill take anyone over gasol heck ill would even make scare work his butt off to improve and have him and hill man center.yes their be drop off in point but not on defense.

      • Chrmngblly

        Washington is not letting Gortat walk. Get real.

        • Terrence

          He’s a UFA until they get him to sign a new contract. He’s fair game for everyone.

          • Chrmngblly

            They have his “Bird Rights.” Washington can match or go over their own cap to retain him—same with Ariza.

    • Kap

      That line-up is pure garbage!

      • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

        Its Better Than Last Year! We CNt Do Anything Until Next Hear AnyWays

    • Clarkkent113

      Sorry, that lineup is going anywhere dude. That’s not a championship caliber team, and eats up cap space that would keep us from acquiring big talent. It’s a bunch of role players + Kobe. We’ve done that experiment before and it doesn’t work.

      I’d rather role the dice with one of the top 7 picks, that could turn out to be a goldmine of talent. And then build from there with that player + Kobe.

    • Dat Nigga Vince

      just stop smh

      • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

        So Yall Rather Watch Us Tank Again For Aa WHOLE season Again? No,, Thats Actually A Solid Team!

    • Joshua Duenas

      I don’t think that team will work especially with sacre making 900m. lol

  • Tune

    It’s a good deal, but I don’t know if we really want him. He’s undersized, but a solid player. We could still possibly get Smart or worst case scenario would maybe be Lavine, but that’s not that bad. I’d rather aim for Exum or a PF in the draft, maybe Smart depending how well his workouts really looked for potential. Then go for a PG in free agency.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I’d Also Consider Trading W/ The Bucks For Ersan&Brandon Knight

    • Marcus Franco

      Brandon Knight is great but I think Bucks would never do that

      • Rangers

        Brandon knight is terrible!
        Only way lakers do this trade if we can still possibly get randle, vonleh, or smart.

        Thad young is a solid defensive player (4 def win shares) and can spread court. If we can get nearly identical value from 7th to 10th pick, then I could see this happening. We might want to give them Nash too (frees up cap space, and sixers don’t care about cap next year+ he can mentor mcw)

        • jeremy

          from 7 to 10 i dont think talent will be that big of a drop off, with guys like lavine and co still going to be there

          • Rangers

            I think it’s a pretty large drop off from smart to lavine. There’s 8 top prospects in this draft IMO (Embiid, Parker, wiggins, exum, smart, vonleh, Randle, and Gordon).

            Stauskas, Harris, Payne, McDermott will be solid role players too. However, I don’t trust a player like elfrid Payton. He doesn’t have crazy athleticism like lavine, and has no advanced metrics to defend him (terrible shooter, awful defensive rating/win share)

          • Chrmngblly

            I prefer Lavine over Smart, too. Smart and Randle give me the Heebie-Jeebies.

        • buke

          Sixers fan here. Thad’s ability to spread the court is improving because he was given a freer hand to do that last year but he’s still no Robert Horry. When Thad was drafted, he was viewed as more of a small forward, but the circumstances of the Sixers forced him into an undersized power forward role and he’s played that way most of his career which had the effect of retarding the development of his outside game. With the nothing-to-lose atmosphere of this year’s Sixers, he was allowed to rediscover that part of his game.

          Here’s what you get with Thad: a hard worker, a very good athlete (even by NBA standards) with superior quickness, a good teammate, a good defender (although he can be overpowered by bigger forwards), and an efficient scorer. He is a good finisher because of his quickness and athleticism. Unfortunately, for a power forward, he is a poor rebounder and that flaw has been as consistent as any of his strengths over his career. He’s not much of a passer. He is also a fairly weak ball handler so it’s good that his style doesn’t require much dribbling. He also doesn’t go to the line a lot.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    We Could Trade For Young&The Tenth Pick, Then Draft Maybe

    • Tikboy Barona

      the lakers would then be a YOUNG team with nick young, thad young and james young! lol

      • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

        Lol, Yeaaa

  • Tyrone Von Gilyard

    get thaddeus. Ill rather have someone we can use now. Instead of a rookie we gotta wit till a couple years to develop

    • Clarkkent113

      No, that’s how mediocre teams stay mediocre. They continuously make moves for borderline players, sacrificing the potential to acquire possible greats while they do it.

      This is the most stacked drafts in years, but it’s also a draft with tiers of talent. You got the Top 4 guys (Wiggins, Parker, Emblid, Exum) and then you have a second tier of guys that’s just slightly below them (Smart, Randle, Gordon)…and then there is everyone else.

      The “everyone else” still has good players in there, but then it becomes much more of a guessing game and crapshoot than drafts already are. I don’t want to deal with that headache as a fan.

      We’ve seen what Thaddeus can do; he’s a solid role player that’s good on both ends of the floor. But we know what we get with him and he’s not going to get any better.

      Good organizations acquire 1 or 2 players that you build around and THEN acquire the right pieces that fit properly with those guys.

      I think doing a trade with Philly for Thaddeus (and maybe MCW) + 10th pick is the type of move that lesser organizations make, not the Lakers.

      Smart and Randle are both guaranteed contributors, young guys that are NBA ready with a ton of potential. You role the dice with them. If they stink then so be it; we still have tons of cap space and when Thaddeus becomes an FA we could sign him outright down the line if we want.

      But, most likely, Smart or Randle will be good or great players, and when that happens FAs will want to come here anyway.

      • Badazztj12

        Hey my name is Thaddeus, I have great respect for anyone whoever has it lol

  • Guest

    Common sense tells you that the Lakers will wait until they’re on the clock before they make any trades. If a player like Smart, Vonleh, or Gordon is available, hell even the low likelihood of Embiid, the Lakers are keeping that pick and drafting that guy. I’d be hesitant to give up any of those guys for anything less than a borderline all-star AND a first round pick.

  • Cheers

    Someone in the Lakers FO must be drunk or constantly drinking because only a stupid alcoholic would make the moves our front office has made.Jim and Mitch must be drinking buddies and they just make moves that are so bad that the GM making those moves must have been drunk at the time.Hiring Mike Brown,Hiring Mike D’Antoni and trading the farm for 40 year old injured Steve Nash also keeping Dwight Howard when he was clearly leaving and wanted no part of staying on the Lakers they could have gotten some decent return for Dwight.Also cutting out the entire scout team,the Ronnie Lester crew all gone.

    Letting Matt Barnes go bad move.Allowing Trevor Ariza to walk bad move.The whole Ramon Sessions debacle was horrendous and cost us draft picks.Everything they have done is drunken stupid logic and awful for us fans.

    This Lakers FO is drunken in power,their decision making is horrendous and needs to get much better or else they will be hated by the entire Lakers fan base forever.Then their are actual Lakers fans that back up the drunken master GM and all his awful moves also Jim Buss is no better than you’re average drunk on a Saturday Night at the local bar judging a Wet T shirt contest.Yes Chaz give me another shot of Whiskey.Yes Whiskey on the rocks Chaz the bartender is the scout of drunks.Man the FO must love watching Cheers Sam Malone.

    • mike rogers

      Who hurt you?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Stop with the revisionist history. Nash was not 40 or injured when Mitch pulled off that trade. And Ariza was essentially swapped out for Artest, who worked out pretty well for us. The Ramon Sessions deal got Luke Walton’s contract off the books and didn’t really cost the team anything.

      • Chrmngblly

        Phil still told them not to do the Nash deal, strenuously. They WAY overpaid. It is like the theory of doubling your bet every time you lose—it never works. Between Howard and Nash we gave up 4 first round draft picks and at least 2 second rounders.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Who cares what Phil said? The only thing he has accomplished so far in a front office position is signing Lamar Odom, who will probably never play another game and hiring a coach who has zero coaching experience. I think Fish will do well considering the circumstances he will face, but really, who cares what Phil says in that capacity?

          We gave up a bunch of draft picks, but they were never expected to amount to much, and so far have not. Late first and second rounders rarely stick in the league very long.

        • A Fan

          Which at that time was considered a good deal. People forget that Nash was a walking double-double and one of the most durable and conditioned players in the NBA when Mitch pulled this deal off. Nobody could’ve forseen that freak accident with Damian Lillard on the 2nd game of the season, where Nash was never the same afterwards. It wasn’t a bad deal, it was just horrible luck.

          • Chrmngblly

            it was a bad contract was the problem. JB was desperate to make up for the CP3 disaster.

    • Al Haldie

      Boy you really know a lot about drunks – do you know anything about BASKETBALL – YOU DONT SAY A WORD ON HOW TO MAKE THE TEAM BETTER —so have another DRINK and go to sleep.

      • Chrmngblly

        Are you speaking as one alky to another? I am. What is your big plan?

  • dencio

    When it comes down to it, odds will be would you rather have Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton & Thadd Young?

    • Montanski

      This trade means two things: 1.Love`s trade is near completion and the goal for us with 2-years contract of T.Young is Durant in 2016 and 2.They like Payton very very much. I think the kid has no “big name” manager, no media representatives in his corner, nothing. But most of the GMs think he is not worse than Smart and way better than Ennis. I prefer the kid than LaVine, Gordon and Vonleh.

      • Chrmngblly

        WOWO! So we move Kelly over to the 3? Naw….to the 5. Tell him to bulk up. Kelly is 6-11. I also like Gordon and Lavine.

  • jeremy

    Young might be a lot of money but I think he worth it. He still young and he gives us a proven player. Then we can fill another spot of need. Kill two birds with one stone

  • Cheers

    $48.5 million dollars for a injured old Kobe Bryant is a drunken move.Horrible deal.

    • LAstory

      He didn’t look injured running at full speed and cutting while in Brasil for the World Cup… playing soccer in an expo….

    • Al Haldie

      Still drinking = get over yourself…

      • Chrmngblly

        He’s a fan. He gets to drink. So do you. I used to. The FO doesn’t get to tie one on before a big trade. Easy does it….:-)

  • SD

    I would like a trade like this. It gives us more prospects, AND it allows us to have multiple players in place so that we could lure big named free agents…and also have pieces to trade.

    Thad has an ETO in the summer of 2015…and he may opt out (likely will to get a big contract) so the Lakers don’t have to worry so much about him tying up cap space.

    I’d take that trade. There’s just as good value in this draft at 7 as there is at 10 in my opinion. Getting maybe a Lavine with Thad Young or maybe Stauskas/Young or Ennis/Young…I’d say all of that looks better than simply Gordon or Smart or Randle. I’d take 2 quality prospects over 1. Also, with Young, you’re getting a player who can immediately help this Lakers team on both ends of the court.

    Young is capable of playing SF or PF. He took a lot more 3′s last season. He only shot 31 % but that’s a part of his game that he can improve. He can defend both positions as well.

  • Frank Lyons

    I hope they do not draft Randle. No real shooting and left handed only. I like Vonleh.

    • Frank Lyons

      Does not use his right hand.
      Easy to predict and guard that way.

    • Zimmeredge

      Hum randle is a good shooter… He didńt shoot at Kentucky because he has a role:scoring in the paint. Harrison’s twins and young were the shooters.

      • Frank Lyons

        I have never been impressed by his shooting. I like his activity and other things, but guys learn real fast to stay on his left hand and he does not go right well.

        • Zimmeredge

          Because he has not shoot for the whole season it wasńt his job but he knows How to shoot, great mechanics, nive fluid move for a lefty. He knows How to shoot. When he was in high school he was shooting but at Kentucky calipari asked him to take care of the post because he already had Plenty of shooters in the roster.

  • Roth

    Young and the 10 for the number 7 pick.Ugh no thanks makes no sense.The Lakers need to keep the books low to lure in top free agents.Young takes up a big portion of the next 2 years salary cap.No way unless the Sixers are willing to trade pick number 3 and salary dump Thad Young for pick number 7 and a future first round pick then in that case sure otherwise no thanks.Philly wants to dump his overpaid ass to any team stupid enough to take him.Just say no to Philly.

  • Chippaz

    If they trade with the 76ers Nerlens Noel and Zach Lavine better be on Lakers roster next season

  • dencio

    here’s another trade scenario: other than the Philly package, Phoenix could offer picks 14, 18, 27 & Goran Dragic for Lakers #7, Sacre, and Nash (and then he would be able to retire in a Suns jersey).

    • Bruce

      come on mitch, make it happen LOL

      • dencio

        i know……this scenario is highly unlikely. I kinda like the Nash & #7 pick for MCW and Thad Young from Philly but it would be nice to pry their #10 pick too.

        • vdogg

          thad young is not that good.

  • Ramsey

    This is ok. And get Zach Levine huge wearbrook upside

  • Bruce

    Let’s be realistic here, Embiid not going to happen, even with his injury, he won’t fall all the way to 7th. Back to reality, I really like this trade involving Young and 10th for Laker’s 7th, but it will better if Sixers can also take back Nash’s bad contract which I don’t think they will. With the 10th pick Lakers can take either Stauskas, and instead of Payton, take a pure PG in Tyler Ennis.

  • Kevin Redmond

    Payton or Lavine if we trade down!l

  • VillainKing

    It’s better for the Lakers to keep the 7th pick!!

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