Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Thaddeus Young is Minnesota-bound:
Minnesota's Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and Miami's 2015 first-round pick remains the package to Philadelphia for Thaddeus Young.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the details of a deal that will send Young to Minnesota:
As @JerryZgoda 1st reported, Minny's Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and Heat '15 1st-rounder go to 76ers for Thad Young. Deal done Saturday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 22, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Mark Perner of the Philadelphia Daily News has the latest on a potential deal to send Thaddeus Young to Minnesota:
While news came out yesterday that Minnesota and Cleveland had agreed in principle to a trade that will send All-Star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick, the Daily News has learned that the Sixers will, indeed, be involved in the deal.
A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
The deal, which two sources have confirmed to the Associated Press, will not be official until Aug. 23, when Wiggins, this year's No. 1 draft pick, becomes eligible to be traded.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Jake Fischer of The Boston Globe reports Thaddeus Young is still receiving interest from the Timberwolves:
The Wolves and Sixers have not stopped talking a deal for Thaddeus Young. There are still 16 days left before anything can become official.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) August 7, 2014
It was previously reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that a trade has been agreed to in principle between the Timberwolves and Cavaliers involving Kevin Love.
After arguably his best season in the NBA, Thaddeus Young could be on the move.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as a potential replacement for Kevin Love, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.
It would be difficult for anyone to replace Kevin Love after the three-time All-Star averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds this past season. However, Young has steadily improved throughout his career and averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game last season.
The 76ers star showcased his versatility in 2013-14, averaging six rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He also improved his outside shooting while his player efficiency rating of 16.6 was the highest on the team for all players with at least 30 games played, according to ESPN.com.
Despite being just 26 years old, Young was a veteran presence on a young roster. General manager Sam Hinkie explained the player's value going forward, via John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com:
We talked a lot about stability, and how he can sort of play a role there, and how we thought he had real value to us as a veteran on this team, as a leader for us, as a leader of teaching all these young guys how to be pros and how the NBA works and sometimes how the world works.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com argued against trading the player when it was brought up before the NBA draft:
I am not as willing to move Thad Young as others are. He is a huge glue piece, good role model. Not sure I give that up for 2 spots. #Sixers— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) June 12, 2014
The question is whether the team feels the positives he brings are more important than a potential return in any trade. It also does not make sense to pay about $9 million for the forward if the team can get a good offer to replace him.
This is especially true when you consider how far Philadelphia is from contention. The team finished with a 19-63 record in 2013-14 and will not get much help from lottery picks Joel Embiid or Dario Saric this season.
Still, Young is a player who can provide a big upgrade for many teams around the league.
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