Reports have been swirling for weeks that the Sixers are likely sending forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota in exchange for forward Anthony Bennett in the expected-blockbuster deal that would send All-Star Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But yesterday there was a report that the trade would still happen but Bennett is not headed to Philadelphia.
Now the deal sounds like it is done. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Sixers will send Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Miami's 2015 first-round pick, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved.
Mbah a Moute, who turns 28 in September, spent last season split between the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves after spending his first five seasons in Milwaukee. The 6'8", 230 lbs. forward averaged 3.5 points 2.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game - all career lows. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first six seasons. He has made his living in the NBA as a shutdown defender. One major plus Mbah a Moute brings is he is a native of Cameroon, just like 2014 first-round pick Joel Embiid, and Mbah a Moute has been a mentor for Embiid over the last few years.
As for Shved, he is still relatively young as he is just 25 years old. The 6'6", 190 lbs. shooting guard averaged 4.0 points while shooting 32.1% from the field in 10.5 minutes per game last season. His rookie season in 2012-13, Shved averaged 8.6 points and 3.7 assists on 37.2% shooting from the field in 23.9 points per game.
Young, 26, had one of his best statistical seasons of his career last season for the lowly Sixers averaging a career-high 17.9 points to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 79 games for Philadelphia. He is owed $9.4 million in 2014-15 with a $9.9 million early-termination option for 2015-16.
The longest-tenured 76er has been preparing for a possible trade since last fall. The Sixers valued him pretty high as a great locker room guy and a leader on and off the court for the young 76ers team.
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