According to Dei Lynam of CSN Philly, the Sixers plan to extend qualifying offers to Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. The Sixers have until June 30th to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
This means the Sixers will have seven days to match any offer another team makes towards either player, AND if no other team makes an offer, both players will play the 2011-12 season with the Sixers and gets paid the $4 million qualifying offer.
Both players become free agents July 1st, but that is also the same day the CBA expires, so who knows what will happen from there.
The offer to Young is no shocker to Sixers’ fans, but a few may be surprised about the offer to Hawes. Just because the Sixers made a qualifying offer to Hawes doesn’t mean the Sixers will not address their need for a big man in the draft. The move just allows them a chance to match any offer made towards Hawes if they want to, but personally I would be surprised if they did.
In other news, the Sixers will hold another Pre-Draft workout tomorrow morning. No big names, just guys expected to be picked in the second round or later. This will be the sixth Pre-Draft workout the Sixers have held so far this off season.
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