The Minnesota Timberwolves will likely need a third team to make a blockbuster trade for Kevin Love with the Cleveland Cavaliers work. According to ESPN, Minny is interested in Philadelphia Sixers forward Thad Young as a potential replacement for their disgruntled All-Star:
Whether Philadelphia proves willing to part with Young, though, remains to be seen.
Young has two years left on his contract, including a player option for the 2015-16 season, valued at a combined $19.3 million. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said in June that he anticipates Young starting next season in Philadelphia, but it’s believed that the club is willing to move Young if the assets acquired in return are sufficiently attractive.
Sources say that the Wolves, at present, are still higher on a Cleveland trade package centered on Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love. Sources say that the Cavaliers, meanwhile, are increasingly confident about their chances of landing Love and firmly believe they are progressing toward a trade framework that the Timberwolves will accept in exchange for the All-Star power forward, which would enable Cleveland to pair him with Olympic teammate (LeBron) James.