Thaddeus Young has been adamant that he hopes to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers, but the veteran forward understands the nature of his name being involved in trade speculation, most recently with the Houston Rockets.

“It is what it is. Just taking it day by day,” Young said on Monday. “I’m not worried about a trade or anything like that. It’s a business. If it happens, it happens. I just have to live with it, keep moving on it. At the end of the day, I’m here. I’m ready. I’m focused. I’m ready to go out here and think about the game tonight.

"Not hard to keep focused. It’s basketball. It’s our job. It’s how we make our living. It’s how we make our money. It’s how we feed our families. At the end of the day, it is what it is if it happens. There’s nothing I can do about it.

"I definitely love Philly and want to continue being here. If they see fit to trade me, hey, my time is up. I have to move on.”

Young is averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. The 6-8, 230-pound forward is earning $8.6 million.