The Philadelphia 76ers are one of three teams that's been waiting patiently for Aug. 23. Of course, the Sixers haven't waited to the extent that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins have. Yet today is finally the day that the Sixers can officially help Love go to the Cavaliers and Wiggins head off to the Timberwolves -- with Thaddeus Young to play by his side.
ESPN confirmed on Aug. 22 that Young is set to be traded to the Timberwolves, to fill Love's now vacant spot on the team. While Young is nowhere near the impact player Love is, despite all he has done for the Sixers over the years, it is the best the Timberwolves can do to finally move on.
After weeks of waiting, Cleveland is ready to move on without its last two No. 1 draft picks, with Wiggins and Anthony Bennett going to Minnesota - despite earlier rumors that Bennett would go to Philadelphia. In any case, now the Cavaliers will have their big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love, solidifying their place as the preseason favorites in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers are the polar opposite, even more so without Young on their team. However, they will receive Mbah A Moute, Alexey Shved and a future first-round pick for next year. Yet like with every move the Sixers have made in the last two years, what they are getting doesn't matter in the immediate future.
The most valuable piece of this trade for Philadelphia is that first round pick, although it already has had enough of those over the years. The problem is that the Sixers can't draft players who are healthy right away, with the exception of Michael Carter-Williams. Even with Nerlens Noel finally ready to start his career this season, the countdown for Joel Embiid's debut will likely last another year.
The Cavaliers will look at today as bringing the final piece they need to become championship favorites again, while the Timberwolves will finally have the closure they've needed on Love for months. But as for the Sixers, today is merely another piece in a very, very long rebuilding game whose outcome is still many years from being settled.