According to a report, the blockbuster trade that will send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers later this month has gotten bigger.
The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers will be a third party to the deal and will swap forward Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a package that will include forward Anthony Bennett—the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft who will be going from the Cavs to Minnesota along with this year’s top overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, and a 2015 first-round selection.
The 26-year-old Young put up career-best scoring numbers in 2013-14 for the 76ers, who were just 19-63. Young averaged 17.9 points, six rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 34.4 minutes per game while shooting .454/.308/.712.
Young was the 12th overall pick in 2007 by the 76ers out of Georgia Tech and bounced in and out of the starting lineup frequently during his first three seasons, was a reserve in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and became a full-time starter in 2012-13.
He has averaged 13.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 30.1 minutes, shooting .500/.321/.700.
Bennett, 21, was considered by many to be a reach in the 2013 draft when the Cavaliers took the former UNLV star first overall.
He had a disappointing rookie campaign, playing only 52 games and averaging just 4.2 points and three rebounds in 12.8 minutes a game. He shot poorly (.356/.245/.638) and struggled to adapt to the pro game.
Young has two years and $19.1 million left on his contract heading into this season but has an early termination option for the final year of the deal.