Trans. Dec 10 1:58 ET (Dec 10 1:58 ET ) The latest report by ESPN -- unconfirmed by CSNPhilly, it should be noted -- speculated that Philadelphia could be “a viable destination” for marginalized Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. Thaddeus Young (see story). Asik’s cap hit for this season and next is approximately $8.37 million. Young will make $8.85 million this season and $9.41 million next year.
In this latest edition of Dei-mails, we touch on the Sixers’ veteran core, Michael Carter-Williams’ minutes and the rookie point guard’s best comparison. What will happen with Turner, Hawes and Young? A reader named Brad posed this question, as well as whether the Sixers’ front office would keep Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young around to help with leadership on the club. I think the Sixers will definitely make a move by the trade deadline.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis came barreling down the lane on Tuesday night, dribbling the basketball with all 289 pounds of him taking aim directly at Thaddeus Young. Davis seemed stunned when Young timed his vertical leap perfectly to get in the air and block what would have been the go-ahead basket for the Magic with 2:11 to play in the fourth quarter. With 33 seconds left, Young drove the lane himself just as Davis had done, only the Sixer forward’s quickness allowed him to leave his defender in the dust and make a left-hook bank shot. As it turned out, that bucket only allowed the Sixers to reach the first overtime after Davis hit his first three-pointer in two years to force the extra session.
Treat it like a “barbed wire fence.” That’s what Thaddeus Young said Doug Collins would tell him about the three-point line. “[Collins] would say, ‘I don’t want you taking any threes,’” Young said before the Sixers' dramatic double-overtime win against the Magic at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. “As opposed to Coach Brett [Brown] coming in and saying, ‘I want you to step back and take threes. If it was a barbed wire fence for Young and so many other Sixers last season, it’s become something far more welcoming this year -- a demilitarized zone where players are invited to set up camp and get comfortable.