When this whole Kevin Love trade saga will be over and the Minnesota Timberwolves once again find themselves far away from any national spotlight, it might be because the Philadelphia 76ers got themselves involved in the deal, and were willing to give away Thaddeus Young.
Young averaged 17.9 points per game in a season that was one long garbage time and tanking for the Philadelphia 76ers, who held out and didn’t trade Young despite the bounty of offers for the Power Forward. Maybe now they’re in a position to use him in a package that will land them better players than they could have gotten last season.
The Timberwolves are closer to striking a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers than with anyone else. It seems that Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett are the names that will make the switch, but the Timberwolves want more for Love, who at least in terms of PER is a Top 5 NBA player. Two number one draft picks is fine, but the Timberwolves want and will get more, but that probably includes getting a third team involved.
Young can become a free agent in 2015, having an ETO in his contract, which means the Sixers might be eager to move him by the 2015 trade deadline in February. Kevin Love is also in the same situation, although he has made it quite clear that he doesn’t want to stay with the Timberwolves. The 76ers are still undecided on whether or not Young is part of their long term future or not, but with his next contract demands probably being for more than $10 million a season, they’ll probably be inclined to trade him before it’s too late.
The Cavs will be the team that pays the biggest price, no matter how this turns out. They might be forced to give up a player to the 76ers – Dion Waiters? Tristan Thompson? Getting Kevin Love in a two or three team deal is going to be very expensive. Some might think too expensive for a team that already has a very good foundation to build on, and shouldn’t try to break everything for the sake of just one player.