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Report: Timberwolves to end up with Thad Young, Anthony Bennett as part of Kevin Love trade

Aug 21, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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The trade of Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland will be eligible to be completed this weekend, once 30 days have passed since Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers.

There are plenty of additional moving parts, but they appear to be coming into focus. And the Timberwolves are expected to get quite a haul in return for their franchise player.

There were earlier reports that had Minnesota sending Anthony Bennett to the Sixers in order to get Thaddeus Young, but that doesn’t seem at all likely at this stage of the proceedings.

Wiggins, Bennett, and Young would be an excellent return for Love, and along with Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and incoming rookie Zach Lavine would make for an extremely watchable young roster.

Minnesota undoubtedly needs to rebuild a bit after losing a player of Love’s caliber, but getting the last two number one overall picks in the draft in exchange isn’t at all a bad place to start. Combine that with Young’s experience and his level of production, and with the players already in place you have an exciting core that could potentially begin to string together victories sooner than expected.

  1. mungman69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    The Sixers will be fine in a couple of years. Hell, the Sixers stunk for the past 15 years so what’s two (2) more?

    • beach305 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      I predict that the the wolves will bounce back just like the raptors have after bosh.

  2. canadatude - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Timberwolves take down Cavs in NBA finals. You heard it here first! LOL

    • tampajoey - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Maybe in 5 years

  3. phillysports1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Good get for Minny.

  4. phillysports1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Why is everyone bashing the Sixers ? Lol

  5. lbeezyse - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    With the cap space opening up does Flip make a run at either Monroe or Bledsoe? Possibly a sign in trade involving Thad & another piece?

  6. jollyjoker2 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    As a MN , like the trade – love is a non-defender so anything is an improvement Yes, he does position well for rebounds so throw it back. I think t-wolves are looking up!

  7. rajbais - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Poor Thad Young. We know that he wants to win, but he is always stuck with the losers.

    • brento1499 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      oh boo hoo, he’ll make millions of dollars to suffer with the twolves for one year and then he can sign with whoever he pleases.

  8. johnheisman - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    In my opinion the T’wolves from last year including Love plus LaVine were not going to contend over the next several years. With Wiggins, Bennett, Young plus Rubio and their big man they have a great core group that WILL improve and be in the playoffs in 2 to 3 years and contend.

    The established star players were all rookies and young players. As the young players age, they become the new star players and Minn has some real good ones plus a good core around them. it seems to me that Minn will have at least two great finishers in the open court (Wiggins and LaVine) and will have an unstoppable fast break. They need to defend and rebound and get a shooter or two and then watch out.

    • spursareold - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      The word ‘contend’ is way overused. In an NBA context, the word ‘contend’ means you could bring home the Larry O’Brien trophy. There are really only 2-3 teams every year that can. The best that Minny can hope for in 2-3 years is to maybe make the second round.

      • twinfan24 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Make the second round, on top of just making the playoffs? Wolves fans will take it. Sorry, you have to feel disappointed if your team doesn’t win the title every year, but other fans will take any positive.

  9. seasickcecil - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Looks like this could be done by this time tomorrow. http://www.hngn.com/articles/39962/20140822/kevin-love-trade-rumors-update-cavaliers-timberwolves-76ers-set-saturday.htm

  10. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Call me a “hater” if you want but I genuinely don’t understand why the consensus is the 76ers are being smart.

    They lost an NBA record 26 games! Pride should have taken over at some point pushing the coaches and players to want to not be remembered as a team that sucked so hard. They should have been PISSED but weren’t. They just kinda rolled over. Where’s the pride?

    They have no veteran leadership whatsoever, its a team of young kids…besides MCW last year The 76ers don’t have a single 1st rounder in the past 10 seasons still playing for their team. They’ve lost these 1st round guys for next to nothing: Harkless, Vucevic, #2 pick Evan Turner, Thabo Sefolosha, Speights, Andre Iguoldala, and now Thadeus Young’s leaving for a mid-low 1st rounder and some expirings. Spencer Hawes walked in free agency, the Clippers got him for 4 years $23 million. There are no veteran leaders on this team, shouldn’t that have been a priority? they need veterans, for example overpay a little to have a great player like Paul Pierce teach the young guys how to be winners and to not let losing effect how they prepare, compete, and their own expectations.

    I think the 76ers master plan is to lose, get as much lottery talent as possible, and either hope that by the law of averages a few of those guys turn out to be really good players, or they find out what step 2 is.

    • psubeerman21 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      All the guys you mentioned never got us better than a 6 seed. Heinke may not be the genuis everyone says he is, but i will take this hell over that one any day. at least now there is some hope for the future

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I think they have a chance of becoming the 2010-2013 Cavs. That’s what I think the worry should be.

        It makes no sense to not have any leaders on the team. Literally no sense. To ship out every veteran or let them walk via free agency, while not obtaining any good veterans, is putting the cart before the horse.

        They have cap space that’s great but they don’t have a hometown hero like Cleveland has in Lebron to come to the rescue when no free agents are interested in playing for an “up and coming team”. There is no reason to horde cap space in the short term and not get a good-great veteran or two.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Don’t worry friend. In 4 years they’re gonna be STACKED!!! We can wait.

  11. phillysports1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Cavaliers 1970-2014: 0 NBA TITTLES .
    Timberwolves 1989-2014: 0 NBA TITTLES.

    If you guys think it feels terrible being a Sixers fan, I can’t imagine how it ..Uh.. Lol

  12. jvw1982 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Funny how people argued the T wolves didn’t have any leverage lol how is that haul for no leverage….if this turns out to be true Job Well Done….you sixer fans need to be worried about how long this front office is going to take to put together a real team….trading T Young for a couple of bag a chips and a protected #1 that you don’t need….you need veterans who can play…..

  13. dolphins4 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    If I were the Sixers I’d tell Minny either we get Bennet for Thad or you won’t get Thad.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Good thing for the Wolves then that you are not the Sixers

  14. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Wolves fans ready for tomorrow’s paper? http://fansided.com/2014/08/23/minnesota-timberwolves-announce-kevin-love-trade-newspaper-ad-photo/

  15. vegasdestroyer - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Is there any league requirement the Sixers must have a training camp or, for that matter, even practice when management obviously wants them to lose?

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