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.
Not so fast on sending Bennett to Philadelphia. The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda tweeted people should not believe reports of the Timberwolves sending Bennett to Philadelphia in exchange for Thaddeus Young.
But that doesn't mean Young isn't headed to Minnesota. Zgoda says the Sixers could receive the Miami Heat's 2015 first round pick along with the expiring contracts of Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. If the return for Young seems a little light, that's because it is. Young has an opt-out clause following this season so that has some teams a little wary of Young's future plans.
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 don't seem to be opposed to trading Young but do value him pretty high as a great locker room guy and a leader on and off the court for the young Sixers team.
As for Bennett, who went No. 1 overall in 2013, the Sixers appear to have been enamored with him since the NBA Draft in 2013. The trade that landed Nerlens Noel in Philadelphia in 2013 would've reportedly happened if Bennett slipped to sixth overall.
Bennett, 21, averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games last season for the Cavaliers. The 6'8", 240 lbs. small forward shot just 35.6% from the field and 24.5% from beyond the arc.
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