Grizzlies Trade Young To Sixers

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded swingman Sam Young to the Philadelphia 76ers for future considerations, according to a source.

Young was taken in the second round of the 2009 Draft by Memphis but had fallen out of the Grizzlies’ regular rotation this season, and is the last of the three Draft picks Memphis took that season to be traded within three years. The Grizzlies traded center Hasheem Thabeet, taken second overall that year, and forward DeMarre Carroll (taken 27th in the first round) to Houston for forward Shane Battier last season.

Young is expected to be put into the 76ers’ $2.7 million trade exception the team received as part of the trade in January that sent forward Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies.


  1. Stephone says:

    I think the move by the Grizzlies is probably a good move. He wasn’t in the rotation & I believe he has a bad back. So for some reason his time has dropped. I like Sam too. he is a good person & was very helpful in last year’s Grizzlies playoff run. He will be missed.

  2. KASASOZE says:

    This trade is a big ?.. Why give up someone for nothing? You never know if Rudy will go down again, you move Xavier Henry, Darnell Arthur and Grevis Vasquez (Who has become a real good fit

  3. hezz says:

    sam young is an ok offensive player but his defense was suspect and couldnt shoot the ball… memphis knows they need another shooter 2 take that next step and to help tutor conley so they can contend when z bo comes back

  4. I like this trade for the sixers..Sam young is an explosive sf that can body up in the post or face up and take it to the rack..not sure if this makes philly a contender but they will be fun to watch in the playoffs..I wrote about philly in my playoff preview a few weeks ago:

  5. RH says:

    Good move for the sixers, another great defender. I would kill for Aldridge to come to Philly in return for Iggy. Again, Iggy rules but we really need that big guy.

  6. j says:

    it should be noted that, even though young is only in his third year, he walks into philadelphia as the 3rd oldest player in their rotation, with only iguodala and elton brand being senior to him.

    and if you look at who the sixers are now bringing off their bench, young adds some fairly desperately needed strength and toughness. lou, thad, meeks, vucevic, they’re all lacking in both those areas, so young should be a nice complement to them.

  7. james barry stricklin says:

    im scrathcing myhead on this one . ok we needed cap space , but we trade for someone who might not come here ? imconfused why not go after someone we know will play for the grizz and , heck we could have drafted someone with the size of sanchz ,i never haer of this guy ,have you i’ve heard of manu ganobli of the spurs , but, rick sanchez of argentina? we dont know whats going on in memphis we get rid of a future star and what do we get nothing

  8. Cage says:

    Turns out Arenas could be Plan B. Griz still seriously considering trades for O.J. Mayo, sources tell the CA.

  9. Jim says:

    Good move for the 76ers as Young will add toughness on defensive end a guy off bench that can score the ball.

    Bottom line now is with Evan Turner dominating at the point guard position the Sixers need to build entire team around him. This guy is the future and a superstar potential in this league. He is showing now why he was the college player of the year. All he needed was the ball in his hands at the point.

  10. DJ Fortine says:

    The Grizzlies were willing to give up Young for the rights to Ricky Sanchez (who was acquired by the Sixers in 2007 and never has or ever will play in an NBA game). This move was clearly not a move to improve the team immediately; it was merely made to clear a roster spot and cap space for Gilbert Arenas (who plans to schedule a workout with the team sometime next week).

  11. JR says:

    Sixers are really trying to be a championchip contender now. The only thing they don’t have now is a propper All-Star that can lead this team. Not sayying that Iggy didn’t deserve to be a all-star, but he doesn’t have that leadership capability like Aldridge or Joe Johnson

    • BLoved says:

      Sixers should trade whatever they have for Aldridge. If he is on the trading block with Portland I think the sixers have to try and make that happen. Portland has already shown interest in Iguodala in the past and he would probably be the center-piece from the sixers side. Iggy I love you but if we can get Aldridge… It’s been real.

      • Dieter says:

        Yeah right, Aldridge on the trading block??? That would be really stupid for the Blazers. He’s their centerpiece, okay, they’re in rebuilding mode, but that’s not a reason to get rid of a young all star, and top 5 power forward in the league. I guess Aldridge, Batum and Matthews are hands off, the rest is and should be on the trading block. I wouldn’t trade Aldridge for the top 3 of next years loaded draft, why would anyone trade an already great player with still alot of potential, especially not when in rebuilding mode. The same goes for John Wall, another team in rebuilding mode, such a move would be ridiculous.

  12. steve jeltz says:

    Nice pickup for the Sixers. Hit fits nicely into their rotation and he will (hopefully) take minutes away from Jodie Meeks. Solid defender, underated scorer (he was the team’s leading scorer @ Pitt his Sr season). He also possesses one of the best shot fakes ever…The defenders fall for it just about every time.

  13. Chris Sims says:

    good move, Young wasnt as productive with the Grizz the last few yrs as he was his rookie season. Arenas is going south.

  14. BLoved says:

    A 6-6 swing man who can play the 2 or 3 and defend the other teams best player… Hmmmm don’t the sixers have like 2 of those already. Seems like somebody’s about to be shipped out of Philly…. I hope it’s Evan and not Iggy but Evans much cheaper and iggy is more coveted around the league so it might be Iggy.

    • manis says:

      Why would they trade Evans or Iguodala because they got Sam Young? Right now they put Evans at either guard spots and small forward. They play Iguodala at the two or three. They are not overloaded at the 2 or 3 at all.

  15. prix says:

    wrong move..but either team is just another waste in the playoffs..even both team I admired for their determination but still lacks of talents and that cause them an early exit.

  16. Rip Greenfire says:

    Oh Philly, you just getting tougher. And yes Arenas is basically a lock now.

  17. BLoved says:

    Seems like the front office of the grizz and sixers are really tight because they love making moves to help each other out without asking for a lot. Way to go sixers. Not a big “marquee” move but an intense defensive presence with athletic ability to come off the bench. He fits right in with the theme of what the sixers like to do. Sixers still need a presence in the front-court to dominate in the paint at both ends and then they are ready to contend. I still see them struggling to score consistenly. I wonder if this move is a pre-cursor to a replacement for another trade in the works?

  18. prix says:

    wrong move..but either team is just another waste in the playoffs..even both team I admired for their determination but still lacks of talents and that cause them an early exit…

    • Ice says:

      That is not true. Both teams are young and talented. As for the Grizzlies, I think they have a good chance of making it past the 2nd round this year; especially if Zach Randolph knee holds.

      The Sixers are a very good defensive team. Also, they play great against the Heat and Bulls.

      • Dieter says:

        I think anything is possible for the Grizzlies. Gasol is one of the best centers in the league, Zebo was great last year, hopefully he’ll be back @ that level come playoff time, Rudy Gay was injured last year, Connely adds a year of experience. I think their team got stronger this year, and the biggest factor in the playoffs will be Mayo. If he’s playing his best, than I consider them at least as good as OKC. But the finals won’t be easy against the Bulls or Magic.

    • Chris says:

      I TOTALLY DISAGREE! We were another shooter away from going to the West Finals last year. We(Griz)punked San Antonio and took OKC to 7! All OKC did was clog the paint and kept our big men from scoring!

      • kobemvp says:

        you got the shooter back in rudy gay, now if rudy gay & zach r both healthy for the playoffs the the grizzs shud take the west if lakers dont get sumbody significant

  19. Cage says:

    David, what are your thoughts on the trade?

  20. CML says:

    Sixers just got deeper. They now have another defensive guy in the rotation. I love the blue collar attitude of the Sixers. It fits the city’s image perfectly – the city of brotherly love, guys working hand in hand to find success. By adding Sam Young, they get another solid rotation player willing to guard guys to the nail.

  21. tae says:

    bad trade

  22. rob says:

    Clearing a spot for arenas?