WHILE NEWS CAME out yesterday that Minnesota and Cleveland had agreed in principle to a trade that will send All-Star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick, the Daily News has learned that the Sixers will, indeed, be involved in the deal.
A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
The deal, which two sources have confirmed to the Associated Press, will not be official until Aug. 23, when Wiggins, this year’s No. 1 draft pick, becomes eligible to be traded.
Perner notes that there’s no indication the Wolves will send the first round pick they obtain from Cleveland to the Sixers as part of the deal, but it seems like it’s still a possibility.
SAM HINKIE WANTS ALL YOUR LOTTERY PICKS.
UPDATE: Hold up again. Tom Moore of The Intelligencer reports that the league may prevent the deal due to really confusing reasons:
The Timberwolves reportedly are interested in Thaddeus Young as a possible replacement for Love. If the Sixers, who remain roughly $30 million below the salary cap, are unable to make it a three-team deal in which they could end up with Bennett and a pick, they could try to trade with the Wolves for Bennett.
The problem is Bennett cannot be combined with another outgoing player in a deal for 60 days if he goes to Minnesota. The way around that would be for Sam Hinkie and the Sixers to trade a second-round selection to the Timberwolves for Bennett soon after Aug. 23 and then acquire two players — and probably a protected first-rounder — for Young.
Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on right now.
UPDATE 2: I asked Moore on Twitter to explain. Here’s the gist of it: Bennett cannot be combined with another player in a trade for 60 days after he’s traded by the Cavs. So, to circumvent, the Sixers would trade a second round pick to the Wolves for Bennett, and then, in a separate move, trade Young to the Wolves for a couple of expiring contracts. The league could say “no” since these trades would be designed to circumvent the (silly, silly) salary cap. The point of the trade is for the Wolves to acquire Young and rid themselves of some contracts. But, if the Sixers are part of a three-team deal, then none of this matters.