We do not know where disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love is going to end up. But apparently, the Timberwolves are not waiting around to find Love’s potential replacement.
According to sources, Minnesota is eyeing Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young to be Love’s potential replacement. The Wolves are looking to get Young through an expanded trade deal for Love.
Young was one of the rare bright spots in an all-around ugly season for Philly last year, averaging a career high in points (17.9) and rebounds (6.0) for the Sixers. He was their main offensive threat in the second half of the season, and he responded with gusto.
But there are two problems I see with this. The first problem is the Sixers. Philly sees Young as a great young piece to their future core, and the Sixers have not shown any willingness to part ways with the forward.
The second problem is that Young may not be a good fit in Minnesota for the role they have pegged for him. If the Wolves can obtain Young, they will be asking him to pick up where Love left off, and while Young is a talent, he is not the type of player Love is.
The Wolves are getting desperate. The Golden State Warriors are still resisting on giving up Klay Thompson, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have to wait 30 days because of Andrew Wiggins‘ rookie contract. The Wolves need to get something done, or they risk losing Love in 2015 and getting nothing in return.