THADDEUS YOUNG saw the group of reporters in the locker room and as he made his entrance summoned them over.

"Come on," he said with a smile. "I know y'all want to talk."

Young doesn't hide on or off the court. Thursday's trades that sent away fellow starters Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes left him as the elder statesman of the team, and the lone remaining vet left to endure what is sure to be gut-wrenching end of the season.

"This situation, I don't know how much worse it can get, but there's a lot of great guys in this locker room who can play," he said dutifully. "Hopefully, we can just go out there and get better as a team and continue to play hard."

Now in his seventh season, all with the Sixers, Young has seen some good and a whole lot of bad. The teams have compiled a 233-300 record during his tenure under five head coaches and only one winning season. Through it all, though, Young is the stabilizing force who says all the right things and plays as hard as he can each game. But he was deprived of being dealt from this situation, a fact that he has thought about.

"I am not going to lie, a little bit," he said of feeling left out on trade day. "Certain things don't always happen in your favor or it doesn't happen the way everybody else thinks it should play out. It's been a very tough year so far, but you try to make the best of the situation."