Sixers forward Thaddeus Young has been the subject of trade rumors for the better part of a year. it now seems like he is finally headed out of town. The Philadelphia Daily News' Mark Perner reports, through NBA sources, the Sixers will be trading Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a Kevin Love trade that will send 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
The report also states there are unconfirmed reports the Timberwolves could be sending the Cavaliers' first-round pick to Philadelphia to try and pry Young away. That seems like less of a certainty but would certainly entice the Sixers to send Young to Minnesota.
The deal cannot be completed until August 23rd.
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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