Jul 28, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT
Minnesota is not going to find a Kevin Love replacement. Not really.
There are not guys with his skills sets floating around (which is why they can demand name players like Andrew Wiggins or Klay Thompson in trades). Love is a big man who can shoot the three, is one of the best rebounds in the game and is the best outlet passer in the NBA.
But if and when (more like when) Minnesota moves Love in a trade they will need someone to play his role, and they like the idea of that being Thaddeus Young of the Sixers, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.
Whether Philadelphia proves willing to part with Young, though, remains to be seen.
They have been for a while, they just want the right mix of young players and/or picks in return. The Sixers are a rebuilding team acquiring young assets – Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid — and they want more they can put in that mix. Minnesota has picks and assets Philly could want.
Young is a very athletic forward, one who averaged 17.9 points a game last season and in the past has shown to be an efficient player when not forced to carry as much of a load as he was last season. He doesn’t shoot the three or rebound on the level of Love, but he is a quality player that could help Minnesota not go into full rebuilding mode after a deal.
Much like the Love trade itself, don’t expect this to come down soon, it will be closer to training camp. But it is something to watch for if and when (more likely when) the Love trade does go down.
Jun 2, 2015, 9:20 AM EDT
Few current players are as well-qualified as Wade to play the role of analyst during the Finals.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:40 AM EDT
A certain play against the Celtics in the playoffs somehow missed the cut.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
The defensive end of the floor is where the Pelicans need the most improvement.
Jun 2, 2015, 1:53 AM EDT
Hope she doesn’t mind moving, he could be traded this summer.
Jun 2, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
In a lot of ways, the anti-Thibodeau.
Jun 1, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
The Cavs will need him to be just that if they hope to win the title.
Jun 1, 2015, 10:15 PM EDT
Curry draws praise from many of the all-time great shooters.
Jun 1, 2015, 9:32 PM EDT
Hoiberg’s deal is similar to other recent coaching contracts.
Jun 1, 2015, 8:33 PM EDT
Kirilenko played 13 years with the Jazz, Timberwolves and Nets.
Jun 1, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT
Van Gundy has been outspoken in his support of Thibodeau in the past.
Jun 1, 2015, 7:08 PM EDT
LeBron is just fun to watch.
Jun 1, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
Blatt deserves to stay on.
Jun 1, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
I pick Warriors in six.
Jun 1, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT
Steve Kerr said again he expects Thompson to play in Game 1.
Jun 1, 2015, 4:04 PM EDT
“I played with both of them, and Kobe has that killer instinct.” —Shaquille O’Neal
Jun 1, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
We also talk a little about the hiring of Alvin Gentry in New Orleans, and Fred Hoiberg coming to Chicago.
Jun 1, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT
David Blatt acknowledges possibility of minutes limit for Cavaliers point guard
Jun 1, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT
Before joining NBA, Warriors forward repeatedly tweeted criticism of LeBron
Jun 1, 2015, 1:28 PM EDT
So did nearly everyone else of LeBron’s age
Rumor: Kings management wanted to draft Elfrid Payton, owner Vivek Ranadivé overruled for Nik Stauskas
Jun 1, 2015, 12:50 PM EDT
Ranadivé strikes again?
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