The Minnesota Timberwolves are expecting to add Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a three-way deal that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers and rookie Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, according to media reports on Aug. 21. The deal 30-day moratorium on Wiggins expires on Aug. 23.
Minnesota agreed to send Love to the Cavaliers weeks ago in exchange for Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 draft choice Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first round draft selection that the Cavs received from Miami. Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball Flip Saunders then pinpointed Young as the preferred successor for Love. ]
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports , Saunders will get his man as the Timberwolves agreed to trade the 2015 draft choice that they acquired from Miami along with forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and guard Alexy Schved to the Sixers.
Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game last season and has two-years and more than $19 million on his deal though he has an early-termination option that he can choose to exercise after next season.
Both Mbah a Moute, 27, and Schved, 25, are entering their final year of their contracts. Mbah a Moute appeared in 64 combined games last season for Minnesota and Sacramento and averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes of action. Schved appeared in 63 games for the Wolves last year and averaged 4.0 points in 10.3 minutes.
Philadelphia tried to get Bennett as part of the Young transaction, sources said, but Minnesota was determined to keep the second-year forward to be a key piece in its rebuilding effort despite Bennett's disappointing rookie season with Cleveland.
How the deal affects each team.
Cleveland: The Cavs get their desired big three with Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and they didn’t have to give up any part of the main front court pieces – Tristan Thompson or Anderson Varejao. Love will provide the Cavs the scoring and rebounding they desperately needed from their frontcourt as well as someone who can stretch the floor. In addition to Love and James, Cleveland has acquired veterans Mike Miller, Shawn Marion and James Jones.
Minnesota: Young, 26, give the Wolves more athleticism to go with Rick Rubio. Young, who can play either forward spot, is a very good scorer and rebounder. Wiggins is expected to a stud though the jury is still out – a it is with Bennett -- especially his shooting ability. Minnesota has also added first round selection Zach LaVine and Mo Williams.
Philadelphia: The Sixers get cap flexibility that, they desperately, wanted for next year as well as another first round draft pick to help them rebuild. Mbah a Moute has a close relationship with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid and could provide a nice mentor for the young big man while he sits out the season because of a foot injury. Philadelphia will struggle next year but has some nice building blocks in Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Embiid , Jerami Grant, Pierre Jackson, Tony Wroten, K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae. Carter-Williams, Noel and Embiid have potential to be the face of the franchise for years to come though there are questions about Embiid’s offensive potential. Grant, Jackson, McRae, Wroten are all potential solid backups, McRae is the most suspect.
The Sixers also hold the draft rights to Dario Sario and either one or two draft picks in 2015.