There has been talk for the better part of two weeks about a possible trade that would send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers to pair with LeBron James. The Cavaliers were reportedly unwilling to include top overall pick Andrew Wiggins but their stance on that has loosened quite a bit.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on ESPN Radio New York there is an agreement between the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves but the trade cannot be completed or announced because Wiggins cannot be traded until August 23rd.
It gets particularly interesting as it sounds like the Sixers might be involved in a potential Love-to-Cleveland deal.
"There is this handshake agreement," Windhorst said. "Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves and I believe Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota, either as part of a separate deal or a three-way deal. Possibly Anthony Bennett, who is on the Cavs roster right now, could get re-routed to Philadelphia in part of a deal for Thaddeus Young. There will be draft picks involved."
Just last week it was reported the Timberwolves were eyeing Young to replace Love when they ended up trading the All-Star.
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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