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Report: 76ers could still turn Kevin Love trade into three-way deal

Aug 7, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

Kevin Love, Thaddeus Young Kevin Love, Thaddeus Young

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March, Deepak Malhotra – Professor in the Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School – conducted a panel with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Warriors general Bob Myers (in which Morey said he tried to trade for Dirk Nowitzki)

One of Malhotra’s principles: Don’t stop negotiating just because you’ve reached a deal.

He says the optimal method is to set aside aside the agreement, with all sides pledging to turn back to it if necessary. Then, keep negotiating in search of a better solution.

I don’t know who was in the room, but members of the Cavaliers and Timberwolves were listed as attendees for the conference. Maybe they were listening.

Cleveland and Minnesota clearly have a trade in placeKevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and the Heat’s top-10 protected first rounder – and Adrian Wojnarowski reported, “No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement.”

But that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers and Timberwolves should or will stop negotiating.

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:

The NBA has recently cracked down rules on three-way trades. It might be easier to work this as two separate deals, though that also raises issues about when players can be traded.

But the trade can’t be completed until Aug. 23. There’s no reason to shut the door now on including Philadelphia.

Not only could the 76ers offer Thaddeus Young to Minnesota as a Love replacement, they could also take a bad contract from the Timberwolves. There’s a reason Philadelphia has been mentioned as a potential third team in this trade. The fit is there.

Now, it’s just a matter of using the next couple weeks to find the very best deal for all sides – unless the Cavaliers and/or Timberwolves stubbornly refuse to heed Malhotra’s advice.

  1. afraz89 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Sixers 2019 NBA champions!

  2. mungman69 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Sixers will gladly take a bad contract WITH a good draft pick.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Sixers remind me of my friend, Katie. She’s always hoarding young guys and trying to turn everything into a 3-way.

  4. tdman21 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    CLE needs to send Waiters to PHI, and PHI needs to send Young to MIN.

    CLE gets nothing from this addendum to the trade, but sometimes less is more. I don’t think Waiters is that good, and given previous conflicts with Irving (though LeBron admittedly would quell any issues immediately), sometimes getting rid of a player is a matter of addition by subtraction

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      You might get a lot of down thumbs for that, but in a way I agree. I have a friend who knows Seth Curry and Seth said that Waiters is just an awful locker room presence. So when they started talking about a Kevin Love trade I was hoping they’d find a way to include Waiters.

      • phillycannon - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        name dropping lol.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Waiters is still very young and he still needs to mature. I think that’s where having Veteran guys like Lebron and Love will help. They can help mature him into the kind of player he needs to be. I understand the flack that he gets but Dion can ball. I think his attitude will be much better but of course we will just have to wait and see

      • zoomy123 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        He’s already started to shape up and fly right, and he should be given an opportunity to show that he’s matured. He’s only 22 for crying out loud, lol. Plus, he’s too valuable to let go for nothing.

      • nvandy42 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Love is the biggest crybaby of them all, especially on the court. Good luck getting him to be a good influence on Waiters.

    • sumkat - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      So the Sixers would want him in their young locker room why?

  5. darrkkomens - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Come on Sixers, give Minnesota, two # 1s lottery protected, Young, and take back a bad contract for Wiggins.

    • nvandy42 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Riiiiiiiiiight………

  6. dubblelznhell - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I wouldn’t let wiggins go. Maybe Bennett. But even he showed improvement in summer league. Hopefully we don’t look back on this imminent trade and say that lebron sacrificed future successes just to play with Kevin Love.

  7. bkbell3 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    So at least 2000 years of humans doing business and this guy Deepak at the sloan convention says it’s his principle of doing business to keep trying to complete a deal when at first it doesn’t go thru? Wow,earth shattering insight, who knew? Those who can do, those who can’t teach. I wonder if this guy ever ran a business in the real world?smh

  8. hurley711 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Did someone really say give Minny 2 lottery protected #1s and Thad for Wiggins? Seriously somebody took the time to type that with a desperate tone like the Sixers are debating insulting Minny with that offer.

  9. 1harrypairatesties - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Dude, proof-read your article before you post it. What are you writing this from home in your boxers as your wife is calling you for dinner?

  10. mungman69 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Sixers don’t want Waiters.

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