Blockbuster moves have been bountiful during the 2014 NBA offseason, and on Thursday Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported possibly the biggest of them all—the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal in principle that would allow All-Pro forward Kevin Love to become LeBron James' new teammate.
The deal cannot be finalized until August 23 due to trade restrictions on No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins—one month must elapse from the time he signs his rookie contract before he can be traded.
Due to this waiting game, more rumors surfaced on the Internet in the aftermath of the news.
A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include [Anthony] 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.
That deal makes plenty of sense for the Timberwolves, as Young will be an immediate replacement for Love on a team suddenly in dire need of a veteran presence.
However, due to NBA restrictions, this deal may not fly. If a three-team deal with the Timberwolves and Cavaliers doesn't work out, the Sixers could be left on the outside looking in, according to a tweet from Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times:
After all, according to a report from Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, league officials are closely monitoring the entire situation:
But sources say the Cavs and Wolves, knowing that league officials are monitoring this transaction closely, have been careful not to make any public acknowledgments that trade details have already been agreed to. That's because Wiggins remains ineligible to be moved until 30 days pass from the signing of his rookie contract.
Rest assured, the league is paying similar attention to all subsequent deals.
That may not be terrible news for Young. According to an interview with Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com, the forward had no idea of any trade in the works as of Friday:
I know nothing as of right now. I have seen stories, but as of right now I haven't heard anything. My focus is not on that. It is here at this camp with my son and the rest of the kids at the camp.
I still don't know if I am leaving Philadelphia. This city has helped me grow and become the basketball player I am today. They let me know when I am doing bad, and they let me know when I am doing well. This city has made me stronger as a basketball player.
While the Sixers' situation is very much in flux right now, the Cavaliers are continuing to build around their new big three, according to Windhorst and Stein's report: "Sources say the Cavs, meanwhile, are already touting Love's arrival as a lure in hopes of closing free-agent deals with Shawn Marion and Ray Allen."
Allen has been rumored to be considering retirement over the offseason. However, according to a tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN, the longtime guard could now be thinking otherwise:
I heard weeks ago that Ray Allen will join Cavs if they get Kevin Love. We'll see....— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 7, 2014
Allen last played with James as a valuable role player with the Miami Heat.
As for Marion, Wojnarowski reported that the forward is strongly considering joining the Cavaliers:
Free-agent forward Shawn Marion is leaning toward signing a deal to join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Marion, 36, has yet to formally agree with the Cavaliers on a deal, but that could come soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from downtown. He'll prove to be a great addition as a rotational piece in Cleveland.