Thaddeus Young has been the talk of trade rumours for probably around a whole year, and he has now finally got himself a move.
According to Woj over at Yahoo Sports, Young is set to leave the Philadelphia 76ers for the soon-to-be Kevin Love-less Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Alexey Shved, Luc Mbah A Moute and the Miami Heat's 1st round pick in 2015.
The deal cannot be made official until Saturday but it is understood that this will all go through without a hitch.
The goal for Philly was to get a first rounder for Young, and in this deal they have managed that. The pick, coming from Minnesota via Cleveland from Miami, is protected 1-10 in 2015, so Philadelphia will almost certainly receive it in this year's draft. It looks likely to be a pick in the
Miami really could slump quickly though if Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng - their two main stars - were to pick up knocks.
Whilst the deal does look like a bad one for Philly, they certainly got the short end of the stick, there are still positives to pull from it.
Mbah a Moute happens to be Joel Embiid's mentor, and helped him make the decision to turn pro. It'll be good to unite the two of them to help Embiid adjust, even if it is just for one season.
Alexey Shved is not a good player but the team is in desperate need of guards and he fits the bill. He showed some promise his rookie season, but didn't back it up in year two. Philadelphia is a perfect opportunity for him to show his worth, however.
Young averaged a career high 17.9 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game last year, though those numbers might have been inflated because he was essentially the best player on a team full of D-Leaguers.
Shved has been largely underwhelming through his first two seasons and after averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 assists per game as a rookie, he took a major step backward in 2013-14, averaging just 4.0 points and 1.1 assists per game as his minutes were chopped in half.
Mbah a Moute averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game with Minnesota last season and won’t move the needle at all for the tanking Sixers.