The Philadelphia 76ers made their big offseason moves in the NBA draft. But the Sixers may be taking part in the biggest NBA offseason drama left, according to the Sporting News on July 23. As the Cleveland Cavaliers try to finish putting together a trade for Kevin Love, they and the Minnesota Timberwolves could need a third team to take part -- and that might be where the Sixers come in.
The Sporting News' Sean Deveney alleged on July 23 that "sources" say the Sixers and Denver Nuggets are potential trade partners in any deal for Love. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time the Sixers and Nuggets were supporting players in a massive offseason trade, given their roles in the Magic trading Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012.
Since that mess brought Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia for one absent season in exchange for Andre Iguodala, the Sixers would obviously like this trade to go much better. While Philadelphia isn't going to get someone like Love out of this, Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports predicted that the Sixers could absorb the contracts of the Timberwolves' J.J. Barea and Kevin Martin, while giving up Thaddeus Young.
Whether Barea, Martin or any other new acquisition can help the Sixers in the present is irrelevant. Like with all its moves since the Bynum debacle played out, Philadelphia's main goals are to free up cap space and clear the way for bigger deals in the future, while hoping that Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid finally get healthy.
In two or three years, maybe the Sixers will look nice enough for a Love-type player to take interest in them. The Cavaliers certainly didn't look that attractive until LeBron James decided to come back, paving the way for Love's potential arrival. But with the Chicago Bulls trying to make a run at Love, and with the Golden State Warriors still trying to steal him, the Cavaliers must find the right supporting partner to win the Timberwolves over.
Before the NBA draft, there was speculation the Sixers might make a deal for the Cavaliers' No. 1 pick and take Andrew Wiggins themselves. Yet the Cavaliers kept it, took Wiggins, got James anyway and now may send Wiggins to the Timberwolves. Cleveland didn't need Philadelphia to get its biggest prize then, but could it be different this time?