Spurs ship Young to Raptors

The San Antonio Spurs have acquired guard Goran Dragić, a protected 2022 first-round pick from Toronto in exchange for center Drew Eubanks, forward Thaddeus Young, and a 2022 second-round pick, the teams announced Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are waiving Drew Eubanks. In addition, the 35-year-old Dragić, who appeared in five games this season for the Raptors, will reportedly be bought out by the Spurs.

The 33-year-old Young, who the Spurs acquired in the offseason, appeared in 26 games this season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 14.2 minutes. The 15-year veteran should give the red-hot Raptors, who have won seven-straight, a boost off the bench.

For the Spurs, they get a protected first-round pick, which will be very helpful as they continue to rebuild.

 

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Thad Young on the ‘tanking’ Sixers: ‘I knew I was going out there taking a knife to a gun fight'(Audio)

When former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie took over the team back in 2013, he hoped to build a winner, but to do some winning, Hinkie essentially believed you had to do a little losing to get an opportunity at the top players in the NBA Draft.  Hinkie became the author of “The Process.”

While Hinkie did not see “The Process” all the way through(resigned in 2016), he did the leave the team in good shape. Hinkie was able to get a franchise caliber player in Joel Embiid, and he set the team up to draft another cornerstone piece in Ben Simmons. Those two guys helped the 76ers win 52 games and a round in the playoffs last season.  Furthermore, Hinkie acquired the picks that were used to help the 76ers move up and draft Markelle Fultz, who the 76ers are relying on to have a bounce-back season in year two.

Former Sixers star Thad Young, who played in year one of “The Process,”  knows firsthand what it was like to play on a team that was put together to lose.

‘I knew it was a “tank” situation, but at the end of the day, I went out there and played as hard as I could, and continued to come in and do the work. And help try to show the young guys that this is what you need to do in order to stay around this league and stick around in this league,” Young recently told the Go4it Podcast back in May. “Of course, I knew I was going out there taking a knife to a gun fight, but at the end of the day, those players, who I played with my last year in Philly. They all came to work each and every day. They all played hard, and they all got better as individuals, and they all continued to try to play throughout the circumstances or anything that was going on.”

While Young was a “good soldier” during that time, he relied on his coaches to get him through those rough times:

“We didn’t let the tank situation, “The Process” or anything like that interfere with what we were trying to do as individuals and trying to do as a team,” Young explained. “I played for Brett(Brown); he helped me through that situation. Coach Pierce, who is now up for a head coaching job(hired by the Atlanta Hawks as head coach), those guys were great as far as coming in working each and every day and helping us get through it.

‘Me personally, “The Process,” I did not really believe in that. That’s why I went out and played hard. I could have camped out and said, ‘You know what, I’m packing it in.’  But that’s not who I am as a player. I’m a guy who is going to go out there and try to perform to the best of my ability each and every night, and do exactly what I need to do as a player.”

Young approached the situation like it was an audition for other teams. A mindset that helped him during those dark days.

“When you’re in a situation like that, you know that there’s a potential that you could be outta there the following year, or you’re going to be outta there the following year. Then, you start trying to look at it as an audition for all other teams,” Young explained. “So, you go out there and try to help your team win games, but in the process, show that you  could be a valuable piece going forward on another team, also.”

Did “The Process” work? Young seems to believe it did work on some level:

“They reaped the benefits now. Three or four years down the line they’re winning games,” Young said. “They won 50 plus games(52) this year and were able to get to the playoffs and get to the second round, so they’ve done a great job of going out there and making it work and figuring it out now. At the end of the day, at some point, every bad team has to get good, right?”

After the 2013-14 season, Young was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

So, what makes “The Process” a success? Does it mean winning a title? If so, “The Process” still has some work to do, but it’s safe to say, they are on the right track.

Listen below as Young talks “The Process” at the 15:20 mark:

Thad Young believes the 76ers should have kept 2011-12 team together(Audio)

In the 2011-12 NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers made an improbable run through the playoffs. First, as the 8th seed in the playoffs, they were able to upset the number one seeded Chicago Bulls in round one. It did help that Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL in Game 1. Next, they took the mighty Boston Celtics to 7 games before losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

There was a lot of hope with this team led by Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Thad Young, Lou Williams, and veteran leadership from Elton Brand. However, the team was broken up that summer after Iguodala was sent packing in the Andrew Bynum trade, which went horribly wrong because of Bynum’s injuries.

If that 2011-12 team would have stayed together, Thad Young believes that team could have made some noise in the Eastern Conference:

“All the guys are doing very well in other places now,” Young recently told the Go4it podcast. “You have Andre Iguodala who is doing extremely well with Golden State; you have a Jrue Holiday who is doing well with the Pelicans, and you have me playing with Indiana. We’ve done well as a team, and I’ve done well as an individual player. You have Evan(Turner) he’s out there with Portland, and he’s doing very well. You have key pieces to that team who have done very, very well around the league.

“Who’s to say if we were still together we wouldn’t be in a situation right now where we are playing for an Eastern Conference championship or anything like that. I think we could of, but at the end of the day, they made certain moves and certain decisions. They figured that they wanted to try to make this team younger and better in years to come as opposed to building what we had right then and there.”

The team had some talent that season, but they did benefit from Rose’s injury in round one of the playoffs. While they had solid players on that team, the Sixers needed a star, thus the reason for the Bynum trade.

Could that team led by Iguodala have been one of the top teams in Eastern Conference moving forward? I would say no. Iguodala was their best player, but he found the perfect role in Golden State. Jrue Holiday played well last season, but he has struggled with injuries in previous seasons. Thad Young has played well and is a solid player. Lou Williams, who led 2011-12 76ers in scoring, was terrific last season, and Evan Turner played well in Boston, but had some struggles in Portland. Even a guy who did not play much that season, Nic Vucevic, has played well with the Orlando Magic.

Maybe they all could have improved together as a team, but management did the right thing in trying to find a franchise player. In the end, Bynum did not pan out, then they tanked, and now they have two franchise-caliber players in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

I guess everything happens for a reason.

Young talks about the 2011-12 76ers at 18:15:

Thad Young on LeBron: ‘This is the best I’ve seen him play’

At the age of 33, LeBron James is still playing at an elite level, and the numbers show that. He has seven 40 point games in these playoffs, which is the most since 1989 when Michael Jordan did it seven times with the Bulls. Also, James is leading the league in scoring in these playoffs.

Quite frankly, he’s doing it all and did it all in Game 7 after scoring 35 PTS, 15 REB, and 9 AST in the Cavs’ 87-79 victory over the Celtics on Sunday night in Boston. With the win, Cleveland returns to the Finals for the 4th straight season, and LeBron makes the Finals for the 8th consecutive year.

One man who has seen the greatness of LeBron in these playoffs up-close and personal is Pacers F Thad Young. Young’s Pacers lost to the Cavs in seven games in the first-round. Young is very impressed with “King James,” and he believes that LeBron is playing the best ball of his career:

“You gotta understand he’s chasing greatness right now,” Young told the Go4it podcast.  ‘He’s continuing to play for championships and trying to break records each and every game he steps out there. He’s been doing it. I think he’s really, really re-focused himself and just concentrated on bringing that team along. He doesn’t have the best talent around him. This is not the best Cleveland team he’s had, but he’s bringing them along with his leadership, and his will, and determination. I will say that this is the best I’ve seen him play.”

All you can do is marvel at the greatness of LeBron James. His age-defying performances in these playoffs have been breathtaking. Moving forward, you wonder how long he can play at this high level. However, no matter what happens the rest of this season, it’s clear, LeBron has proven he still has a lot left in the tank.

Listen to Young talk LeBron below at the 06:51 mark:

Listen to Go4it! Guest: Pacers’ Thad Young

We will be talking sports and having fun doing it. We will be joined by Pacers F Thad Young, who will give his thoughts on the NBA playoffs, discuss the Pacers’ playoff run, what’s next for him, his time in Philly, and more! Is LeBron James playing the best ball of his career? Thad Young will tell you!

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