Due to the NBA’s restrictions of moving players under their rookie contracts for a designated period of time, trying to keep tabs on what’s supposed to happen when that imaginary clock finally winds down is especially difficult. For some time now, the 76ers were considered a shoo-in as a third team to help the Cavaliers and Timberwolves facilitate their inevitable: Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins swap. Thursday morning, Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski released an article containing the details of the eventual transaction.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
As you can see, there was no mention of the 76ers in any capacity, despite being rumored to be in position to land Bennett for their involvement in the deal. Now, essentially 24 hours after Wojnarowski’s report, it DOES appear that the 76ers will eventually land the 2013 1st overall pick when the dust settles from the Cleveland-Minnesota deal. According to Bob Cooney, who covers the team for the Daily News, all that’s waiting as far as Bennett landing in Philadelphia in exchange for Thaddeus Young is the formal completion of the Love for Wiggins deal.
Am on vacation but talked to people last night and a source told me Thad Young will be dealt to Minnesota once their deal with Cavs is done
— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) August 8, 2014
Take this for what it’s worth. One of the downsides of the holding period that the NBA is in relation to the deal between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves is basically having grown men put their lives on hold as they wait for what is essentially an imaginary checkpoint to pass. Young especially, a man with a family and in the prime of his career, is still being forced to conduct his life like a member of the 76ers when it would appear otherwise. Obviously, we’ve seen things change with the drop of the hat in the NBA and nothing is ironclad until pen meets paper. That said, if one is able to keep track of all the shifting, it does appear that Anthony Bennett will be a member of the 76ers when it is all said and done.