Timberwolves expect to get 76ers’ Young in Love deal
The 30-day waiting period on the Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers ends Saturday and the Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, according to multiple reports.
The Timberwolves agreed weeks ago to send Love, a power forward, to Cleveland where he will team up with forward LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will become the instant favorite in the Eastern Conference.
The majority of the terms for the three-team deal involving the Wolves, Cavs and 76ers were agreed to on Aug. 8.
According to reports, the Wolves will receive guard Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick and forward Anthony Bennett, Young and a trade exception believed to be worth at least $4 million that they can use to acquire a player in the next year without being strapped by salary-cap rules.
ESPN reported that the Wolves are expected to surrender a future first-round pick along with the expiring contracts of Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alexey Shved to the Sixers for Young, who has two seasons left on his deal valued at $19.4 million.
The three teams are expected to announce the trade Saturday after completing a trade call with the league office.
The Sixers tried to get Bennett as part of the Young transaction, sources told ESPN, but Minnesota was determined to keep the second-year forward to be a key piece in its rebuilding effort despite Bennett’s disappointing rookie season with Cleveland.
As Phoenix explores possible sign-and-trade deals involving guard Eric Bledsoe, ESPN reported that the Suns reached out to Minnesota to gauge whether the Timberwolves would be a willing trade partner involving Love.
The Arizona Republic also reported that the Suns had been in touch with at least one team about a potential sign-and-trade. Other teams have contacted the Suns, the Republic said. The Suns would not comment.
Contract talks between Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, and the Suns have been described as “fractured” for weeks.
The 24-year-old Bledsoe has been adamant about wanting a five-year, $85 million maximum deal from Phoenix.