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Sixers find their way back into Cavaliers-Timberwolves deal?

Bennett again reportedly going to Sixers
Bennett again reportedly going to Sixers
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The Philadelphia 76ers have gone back and forth in being involved with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves' mega deal. The latest reports from the Philadelphia Daily News on August 8 were that the Sixers would send Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves and take Anthony Bennett from the Cavaliers after all. Those rumors started the week, before the Cavaliers and Timberwolves announced a deal on principle that didn't involve the Sixers, yet those were contradicted within 24 hours.

Given that the deal can't be made official until August 23, due to the trade restrictions on Wiggins' rookie contract with Cleveland, there's still room for more twists. Nevertheless, it seems pretty official that Wiggins will go to the Timberwolves, while Kevin Love gets to play with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's Cavaliers.

Compared to that, the Sixers' role in this super trade is a drop in the bucket, just like the team currently is in the NBA in general. Young and Bennett are certainly the smallest prospective names in the deal, with Bennett only big in name only as one of the biggest No. 1 draft pick flops in recent memory. But Young has had the more productive career, making him the better immediate help for the Timberwolves and Wiggins than Bennett would have been.

If these latest rumors hold, the Sixers will get Bennett's help instead, which probably won't concern them one way or the other this season. Instead of having the No. 1 spotlight, Bennett would only be the fourth biggest piece that Philadelphia would rebuild around, once Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Michael-Carter Williams take the court together -- at some point.

With Bennett, the Sixers would have three of the top 11 picks from the 2013 NBA draft. Still, it would only reflect Philadelphia's bad luck, since that draft class is considered one of the worst of the century so far. Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year in part because there wasn't much competition, while Noel missed the entire season and Bennett barely played much more.

But even when the Sixers had two lottery picks in the 2014 NBA draft, they got the injured Embiid and Dario Saric, who can't leave Croatia for two more years. For now, Philadelphia can't buy an immediate break, which might make it the ideal new home for Bennett -- at least until the next rumor.

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