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Report: 76ers’ Thaddeus Young going to Timberwolves in Kevin Love trade

Aug 8, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

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The Cavaliers and Timberwolves apparently kept negotiating.

The trade between the two teamsKevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and the Heat’s top-10 protected first rounderwill reportedly include a third team.

Mark Perner of the Philadelphia Daily News:

A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett

Young doesn’t fit into Philadelphia’s rebuilding plans. The 26-year-old is too old and too good. Bennett, whose potential mostly remains untapped, is a better fit there.

But I’m not sure why the Timberwolves would go for such a swap. If they trade Love for Wiggins, they’re going to take a step back – and they weren’t a playoff team last season to start. Getting Young would make Minnesota a little better next year, but it seems the main consequence of that would be worse lottery positioning.

Bennett had a miserable rookie season, but he looked like a different player during summer league. I wouldn’t sell low on him now – not even if it meant unloading a bothersome (expiring) contract.

For the 76ers, this is an opportunity to snatch value when it’s there.

  1. misremembered72 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I love Hinkie!

  2. ogbobbydeas - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    2 years Andrew Wiggins will be at 20+ per game

    • badge3832 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      So what? The discussion is about Bennett vs Young.

      • ogbobbydeas - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        and my comment was about Wiggins, get your own comment and reply to it IDIOT

    • tv63 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      I bet he gets 20ppg this season.

      • kindasporty - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        I bet he gets 20ppg in the preseason.

  3. jimmywho14 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I’m sure an expiring contract or two will be coming along with Bennett

    • jeffkx - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Young for Barea and Bennett?

    • huschlej - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Jerry Zgoda from the Minneapolis Star/Trib thinks the Wolves want both Bennett and Young. He sees the 76ers getting the Miami 1st, a couple MN retiring contracts. MN gets Wiggins, Bennett and Young. That makes more sense to me from the MN perspective. They really don’t need the pick with the Wiggins/Bennett infusion of youth. Getting Young and Bennett give them a vet and a shot at the future at PF.

      I’m not sure what Philly would think. Draft pick and cap room makes sense for them and Young May not be in their plans.

      • huschlej - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        I should have been more specific on the Zgoda reference. He said it on Twitter.

  4. Bob Loblaw - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Nothing like trading many fan’s favorite player with an engine that never stops for a guy who dogged it his first year. If Bennett thinks he is going to get away with playing like a dog in Philly…he will be booed out of Wells Fargo. Especially being brought in to replace our favorite player.

    Good luck Thad. I hope Minny makes the playoffs.

    • cheeks9441 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      It’s gonna take a lot more than your hope, buddy.

    • av416 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Hard to say Bennett “dogged” it. I don’t think a situation could be worse for a rookie coming into the league…Clearly not a #1 overall talent, incompetent management took him there anyway. He wasn’t able to work out for the entire summer last year because of his shoulder injury, and he was on the Cavs. As much as the trade will be looked at as a Love and Wiggins comparison, Hinkie might have just snagged the perfect stretch four to pair with Nerlens. Love the move.

      • dakotaandotter - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        not saying he dogged it because I didn’t see him play but I don’t understand why he was still overweight by end of the season.

      • mckaymatt - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        His weight issues at the end of the season weren’t as bad. He actually played decent towards the end. I think Mike Brown is somewhat to blame considering he hasn’t been known to build a useful offense in the league, great defensive mind though.

      • brento1499 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        agreed with everything you said, but i don’t see how can co-exist with noel. of course it remains to be seen, but noel didn’t look like a true center in summer league

    • brento1499 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      how do you know he dogged it? by all accounts he came in to the season out of shape because of his surgery, he could barely breath due to the asthma, and his sleep apnea wasn’t allowing him to get enough sleep. maybe the guy was just flat exhausted

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Agreed. I thought he was going to make a nice jump this season. 76er’s gain, I’d say.

      • oldschool800 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Plus his dog could of been sick and he was having a hell of a time arranging his sock and underwear drawer. If I were a GM, and my #1 overall pick came to me with “sleep apnea” for an excuse, Bye-Bye. That doesnt even fly in my pathetic world. And as for his asthma, Id tell him to do whatever it was he did in college to make it not effect his game, cuz it didnt seem to be a problem then. Id love to see him achieve success, I just wouldnt bet on it

    • brhorer - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      You say Philly fans will boo out any player playing like a dog? That’s weird because last year it looked like a pack of stray dogs out there and I never saw them leave. I saw the fans leave, though.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        First, you are wrong if you think no booing went on last year at Sixers games. But second, it wasn’t nearly as much as it would have been had it not been known that the team was tanking. I know they think they are going to get away with tanking again this year, but I think the fans are smarter than that and will realize they have a talented, yet young, team. They won’t stand for them holding Imbiid out for the whole year like Nerlens last year. If he’s healthy by Christmas, they will expect him to play. This is a team that can compete.

      • floreskins - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Embiid is not going to play 1 minute for this team this year, and that is fine. If you think this team can compete then you don’t know anything about basketball. The bench remains full of players that should be in the D-League (by design). They may win a few more games than they did last year, but they won’t win 25 games even in the watered-down (though improved) East.

    • floreskins - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      How can you dislike this move? Are you one of the people that was thrilled to be 8 games under .500 every year and sneak right into the 8th seed and get obliterated in the 1st round? Everyone loves Thad, but everyone (with a brain) also knows Thad is going to walk at the end of the year. You can’t say “Why not resign him?”, because he doesn’t want to be here through the rebuild. If you can get Bennett, a Top-10 talent, for a guy who is going to walk at the end of the year, you should be thrilled. You are essentially buying low on a younger, team-controlled version of Thad. Great Deal by Hinkie if it goes down.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        First, never said I didn’t like the move. Only that if he plays like a dog again he will not be well liked…a la Bynum.

        Second, with this group of young players, the time is now to start getting them ready to compete. If they tank again this year, it will seriously stunt the growth of guys like Embiid and waste yet another year of one of the best young PGs in the league in MCW.

        Embiid is supposed to be back around Christmas. They should play him then, especially if they are in contention for the playoffs.

        Anybody (with a brain) knows that this isn’t a team that will simply sneak into the playoffs every year. They will get better and better since they are young. They will improve every year provided they are given the chance. Anybody (with a brain) would not say that this team with these young guys will finish 8th every year.

    • fanofthegame1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      “Playing like a dog”

      Playing is overrated.
      -Andrew Bynum

    • cnyle01 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Dogged it? He was injured to start and Brown NEVER let him play. Do your homework before speaking.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Coaches don’t usually sit players unless there’s something lacking (a la Evan Turner his rookie year.)

    • psubeerman21 - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      The dude couldn’t breathe. He had surgery and fixed it. He will be a better player.

    • campcouch - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      The kid didn’t dog anything. He was recovering from shoulder surgery and sat the majority of the season. The Cavs FO was worried about their image instead of sending him to the D-league for conditioning and coaching. Then this offseason he had surgery for his apnea. I’m surprised you didn’t see any of his summer league action…completely different player with his health issues corrected. Philly won 19 games last year, so if you think that Bennett will be the focus of boos in your arena after that fiasco, then maybe you’re really not paying attention to your own team.

  5. huschlej - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    As a Wolves fan (one of three remaining), I seriously hope this isn’t true. If it is, it would be Flip snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Getting Wiggins, Bennett and a first out of a player who is set on leaving would be great. Having Love walk and Wiggins come back, however, means it is time to go young and aim for 2-3 years from now. Thad is the wrong kind of young.

    • purple4life2 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      How many uber young guys do you want? Lavine, Shabazz, Wiggins, GR3, GG. Is it THAT much better to have AB over Thad?

      Rubio – Mo Williams
      Martin – Lavine – Bud
      Wiggins – Brewer – Shabazz – GR3
      Thad – Hummel
      Pek – GG – Turiaf

      With JJ, Schved and Mbah as outliers who are buy out candidates and 1 shipped to PHI. Looks to me Flip could make another swap of a SF for a PF to even out roster. I’m not saying the Pups are making it out west, but that certainly isn’t a terrible roster.

      Besides, maybe they keep Bennett (as it’s being reported here) and try sending JJ with Shabazz for Thad or another PF. I haven’t seen this report anywhere but on PBT.

      • mckaymatt - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Based on Hinkie’s moves thus far I really don’t see why he would want Shabazz…I don’t think Minny is at fault for drafting him where they did, but he had a lot of questions coming out and I don’t think many of them have been answered since the rookie symposium.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Honestly not a bad team at all. If they were challenging for the 8th seed next year I don’t think I’d be too surprised.

  6. joeyashwi - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Typical Wolves move. The trade with Cleveland is a good one, both teams get better. Now they are going to screw this up as well? The league should force the Timberwolves to move or fold. It almost seems like they don’t even try to be a good team and are just content in being terrible while developing players for the rest of the league. What a pathetic franchise.

    • AZ Dem - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      MN is in the wrong conference. They have a very arduous travel schedule given their geographical location. Their natural rivals should be the MLW, CHI, IND, and DET. The NBA has set MN up to fail.

      • psubeerman21 - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        That’s the problem. Geography. LOL. I’m sure the cold winters affect the mind somewhat, but that doesn’t explain what is one of the worst run franchises in recent memory. Example: Owner doesn’t offer a 5 year extension to Love, because he is saving such a contract for….Ricky Rubio. He shot a historically bad 36% last year. Dumb moves, dumb franchise.

    • tved12 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      So you’d love a 6 or 8 team league? Not everybody can buy championships in the league, there are only a few who have that advantage. Stuff like this is what “small” market teams have to work through.

  7. phillysports1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Every Sixers game I went to last year I stood through out the entire games.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      No one told you to sit down because if you were blocking someone’s view, they just moved to one of the many empty seats nearby.

      • rrhoe - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Lmao!!!! You are right about that……

  8. John X - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    They were mediocre with Love is all I know so hearts in Minny should not be broken. They have the makings of a good team and Thad my go better with that team than Love did. They are getting Wiggins who may be that player in a year or two. And I like Bennett going to Philly. That front court could grow together and be a long term problem.

    Neither Love or Young are cornerstones for their franchises. While Love was hurt, which seemed to be a lot, the team started to develop without him! He doesn’t and hasn’t wanted to be there. That team competes on the court. They

  9. kopy - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    The Cavaliers and Timberwolves apparently kept negotiating.

    That doesn’t make sense. Cavs couldn’t care less what the Wolves do with Bennett after the trade. The Wolves don’t need Cleveland’s permission to send Bennett to Philadelphia.

    • AZ Dem - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Oh, boy. It’s a cap space maneuver that benefits CLV.

    • ochospantalones - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      The Wolves sort of do need the Cavs’ permission. Once Bennett is traded to Minnesota he cannot be traded again for two months unless he is the only outgoing salary from Minnesota’s side. Bennett’s deal is not large enough to trade for Thad’s straight up under league rules. They could resort to a complicated two stage deal where the TWolves trade Bennett to Philly for a trade exception, and then the trade exception and a player (Barea?) back to Philly for Thad. But the league may not approve that, especially as they are not happy with the Sixers making a mockery of the league’s rules more generally. So a three-way trade is much better than trying to deal Bennett separately.

  10. csbanter - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Young should be happy he’s leaving for a slightly better situation. Bennett may develop into a decent player now that he won’t have pressure in Philadelphia.

  11. AZ Dem - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    This is going to blow up in everybody’s faces.

    I don’t care what Love’s camp is indicating, he’s not going to sign a long term deal with CLV before LeBron does likewise. And unless CLV wins at least the Eastern Conference next season, LeBron is going to opt out and sign elsewhere.

    CLV has not done a thing at the management level that makes the franchise any better than it was when LeBron was last there. Oddly, in what is considered a “players’ league” management really does count.

    If I were CLV, I’d get past the LeBron thing. I would build around Irving and Wiggins.

    Scenario: Kobe gets injured. Again. This time it’s career ending. Gasol’s gone, Nash will be gone. Lots of cap space. LeBron opts out and signs with LAL. Love signs in BOS. That leaves CLV with 5 more years of lottery picks. And MN is going to wind up in the same position with Wiggins as it is presently in with Love. Trying to trade Wiggins because he doesn’t want to play there.

    You don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to figure this stuff out.

    • cnyle01 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Dumbest comment yet

  12. 1509lucky - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Nothing like trading many fan’s favorite player with an engine that never stops for a guy who dogged it his first year. If Bennett thinks he is going to get away with playing like a dog in Philly…he will be booed out of Wells Fargo. Especially being brought in to replace our favorite player.

    Good luck Thad. I hope Minny makes the playoffs.


    When a team is as woeful as the Sixers have been the last few years,it’s kind of Funny to say there was actually a “Fan Favorite” on that Team. I LOVE what Hinkie is doing. There actually seems to be an Honest to God PLAN in place for this organization FINALLY!

  13. vikesdynasty - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Another fail by MN. Joke.

  14. mungman69 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Yes, Philly has a plan. The only plan Doug Collins had was his retirement plan.

  15. gogatorsjohn - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Lebron is not leaving Cleveland. He’ll re-sign by time new deal goes out and he can make more money. Also, his intent, in my opinion, is to be an owner of the Cavs.

  16. zinger92 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    This is wild. In 2 years Philly could have embiid and Noel at center, and Bennett and Saric at 4. Sounds like a good problem to me. Now get the swingman in the draft and watch out!

  17. hurley711 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Hinkie is a metrics guy. Thad isn’t a metrics player. Tweener too small to play the 4 as he offers terrible rim protection, pbt had an article on Love being a bottom 5 or 7 rim protector fg% wise at the 4 and Thad was right there with him plus he can’t shoot the 3 well enough to be a stretch 4 or full time 3. His salary doesn’t help either. Watched Thad since day 1, he is a lunch pail high motor 6th man in this league.

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