The 76ers have often been rumored as a potential ‘third team’ when it comes to what seems like an inevitable trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves involving Kevin Love and various other pieces. Having missed out on every opportunity to this point to collect an additional first round pick via taking on contracts from a potential contender, the 76ers may have opened up a new door that could end up netting them a higher first round pick in the future. Should Minnesota part ways with Kevin Love, they apparently have set their sights on replacing him with Philadelphia’s elder statesman Thaddeus Young. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Philadelphia would either be moving Young directly to Minnesota or as part of a multi-team deal.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 28, 2014
After assuming Young’s days in Philadelphia were done heading into this offseason, the versatile forward has appeared to be part of the organization’s future plans more than we may have once thought. Sam Hinkie himself said he expected Young to be in the team’s starting lineup at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season. That being said, given where they are as a franchise, one would have to expect Philadelphia to be willing to part ways with Young if the return involved a first round pick and a somewhat serviceable player. Young is only 26 and coming off his best season as a pro. Though he does not offer the same elite scoring and rebounding as Love, he is a hard worker with a deceptively strong skillset in all facets of the game. For a Timberwolves team constantly trying to build the right sort of locker room chemistry as they try and return to the playoffs, Young could be a strong piece as they move forward as an organization.
With Cleveland unable to legally trade first overall pick Andrew Wiggins for 30 days after signing him to a rookie deal, it’s possible this news stays on hold for some time.