Who will replace Kevin Love? Well, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that will be Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
The Timberwolves will starting over when they complete the trades.
That means that Love, Alexey Schved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are heading out and Andrew Wiggins and Young are headed in.
Both Wiggins and Young are 6-foot-8 forwards who should complement each other.
Philly.com reported that Mbah a Moute is friends with 76ers draft pick Joel Embiid. Both are from Cameroon.
What it means for Cleveland
The impact for the Cavaliers has been covered a ton. Love will combine with LeBron James to make the Cavaliers an immediate contender while the protected Miami draft pick that Cleveland owns and will be sent to Minnesota in the Love deal will now head to the 76ers soon after, meaning three different teams will own the pick, probably within the same hour. None of them were the originally owner of the pick.
What it means for Minnesota
It means starting over with the NBA's No. 1 overall pick and seven-year veteran guy in Young who is coming off a pretty good season where he averaged 17.9 points and six boards per game on a really bad team.
That can be their core for the future. If only Ricky Rubio was better to pair with them, though he did lead the league in steals and rank second in assists while averaging less than 10 points per game.
The Timberwolves will get another 6-8 forward in 21-year-old Canadian Anthony Bennett in the Love deal as well. Bennett averaged just 4.2 points and 3.0 boards per game in his rookie season in Cleveland.
Essentially, Cleveland is ready to win now while Minnesota is building to have a formidable team in the future.
What it means in Philadelphia
The 76ers were bad last season. Sorry, miserable last season at 19-63. Many years, that would have been good enough for the worst record in basketball. They were lucky the Milwaukee Bucks were around to prevent that from happening.
Next season, that doesn't look like it will get much brighter. Embiid is injured and might just miss the entire season. Young will be gone and the two role players they get from Minnesota won't make much of an impact.
They are clearly working, and hoping, they will be a team that can put together talent to compete three or four years down the line. That means that the draft pick is the real reason for the Young trade, with Schved and Mbah a Moute holding expiring contracts that help the 76ers flexibility in the future.
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