Thaddeus Young is under contract for next season and has a player option for the 2015-16 season, but that is not to say he is guaranteed to be a part of the Sixers' ongoing to rebuild.
“I have to sit down with Brett [Brown] and I have to sit down with Sam [Hinkie] and discuss the situation and scenarios and take it from there,” Young said after the Sixers' final shootaround Wednesday.
There will be the traditional exit meetings Thursday. But Young is hoping another conversation takes place this summer after the NBA draft, when the Sixers will have no worse than a top-five pick and a good possibility of another pick the top ten, depending on where the Pelicans finish in the standings.
What the Sixers do with their draft picks matters to Young.
“It does intrigue me,” Young said. “I think this is a very talented draft with a lot of young guys, but as you said, they are 19 and 20 years old. There is a chance for me to lead those guys and help them grow. But, for my future, I would want to talk after that and see where we take things from there.”
Brett Brown has said next season will be about the Sixers' “growing their own." Young is one of only two players, along with Arnett Moultrie, who remain on the active roster from the Collins/Thorn/DiLeo regime. And yet when Hinkie unloaded everyone else at this year's trade deadline this past February, he kept Young.
“It says they have a lot of respect for me as a player, a leader, a person who can help grow these young players. But at the end of the day I want to win,” Young said. “That has always been the case, and I am sticking to that, but right now I just need to sit down and discuss everything.”
This season, Young has made a career-high 90 three-pointers, averaged a career-high 17.9 points, while also grabbing six rebounds per game. But those statistics can’t change the difficult nature of an 18-63 season.
“It is definitely the toughest season of my career,” Young said. “I am very happy we have a chance to end this season on a high note here in Miami, but this is definitely not the season I imagined. Still at the end of the day. guys got better. There was growth in the locker room. There was growth with the coaches. We are ready to get to the summer and enjoy ourselves and come back next season ready to go.”
He'll be ready to go next season, too. He always is.
It's just a matter where he'll be.