Apparently, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves original agreement on a Kevin Love trade wasn’t set in stone. Either that, or both teams knew something we didn’t.
The original agreement involved a deal that would send Andrew Wiggins, Antony Bennett and future protected first round pick to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love. Now, the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers are sending Thaddeus Young to the Wolves in a deal that would involve Bennett heading to Philly.
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 is essentially being brought in to “replace” Love in Minnesota. I’m not sure how much replacing the 26-year-old forward can do on the Wolves, but having an option is better than not having one. Young averaged career-bests last season 17.9 points and 2.3 assists per game.
From what is being reported so far: The Cavaliers will receive Kevin Love, Minnesota is getting Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and a future protected first round pick and the Sixers are getting Antony Bennett.
Other insignificant pieces may be involved later, when the trade can officially be made (Aug. 23), though it appears that the meat and potatoes of the deal is in place.
So, is Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and a future first round pick enough for the services of Kevin Love? With current circumstances, it doesn’t look as bad as it could’ve.
We know Cleveland is definitely winning this trade, but neither team is coming off as the “losers” of this trade at all.